Bought replacement springs for my car, and they are 2"+ taller?

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  1. MmmmBeeeeer

    MmmmBeeeeer New Member

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    I bought them from napa, and I got them back home and they are way taller than the ones that came off of the car, and there is an extra coil...

    I double checked the part number on napa's website and the guy gave me the right part according to their site...


    Is this normal? :dunno:
     
  2. Mr3GTP

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    How thick is the material? It matters.
     
  3. DeepRun™

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    Sometimes the fronts will be different from the rears because it has to figure in the weight difference. Putting them in the back would cause it to sit oddly.
     
  4. you know me

    you know me OT where the douchbags play

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    cut them
     
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    The old springs should be a little compressed...but probably not 2" compressed.
     
  6. Pogi

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    unless your car is used and someone cut the springs to lower it..
     
  7. MeanGreen

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    thats hood :eek3:

    All the nga's around here do that to their Caprice's
     
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  8. Mr3GTP

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    Did you buy the car new? Could the previous owner have swapped out the OEM springs?


    that is, if they don't look 'cut' or heated to drop them...
     
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    at least they don't do like the nogs here and raise them to fit 28"s

    And my aftermarket springs were a good bit shorter than my stock ones...it's all in the way they're manufactured.
     
  10. deusexaethera

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    Make sure the springs are rotated correctly when you install them, and anyways it'll take time for the springs to get used to having weight on them. In a perfect world, springs wouldn't compress over time, but in the real world, they do. Even spring steel isn't perfectly elastic.
     
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    Don't new springs usually settle a little?

    How old were the original springs?
     
  12. FiKtIOn

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    Not 2"

    Regardless of how old, the shocks would go long before springs, and even without shocks, the springs won't sit 2" lower, and come out uncompressed 2" shorter.
     

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