Q: Rear Spring Replacement
I’m about to start upgrading my rear springs. I was wondering if buying direct from Eaton was the best way to go. I’ve heard about springs raising the rear end too high. What about shackles, bolts and other stuff. My can is not a rust bucket, so most of my stuff is in good shape.
A: I bought my springs from ESPO Springs `n’ Things, and was quite happy with the results. Along with the springs, I got new ubolts, pads, shackles, bushings, and t-bolts. Everything arrived on time or even early, was not at all expensive, and worked fine.
One of the better aspects was that the springs could be ordered with either stock height, lower, or higher than stock by what ever amount you specify. The ride is good and I believe that they get their springs from Eaton.
As I’ve pointed out in the past, some spring suppliers will send you a generic spring that’s really meant for a Nova which has a different ride height and spring rate than our cars. ESPO offers much better variety of options.
Keep in mind that your present springs may have sagged a fair amount over the years. If you specify a lower than stock spring, don’t be too suprised if you find that once the new springs are in place, your car will sit higher than before.
With either ESPO, or Eaton themselved, you’ll save quite a bit of money versus buying from one of the usual restoration parts retailers.
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