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Rampside Ride Height questions
Posted by: jack bacon ()
Date: May 15, 2018 05:35AM

I replaced my front coils with the Ken Hand 65 Mustang springs and the rear coils with Clark's light duty coils so the wheels would straighten out which they did.
Now, the front end is up too high. I measure 30" from the bottom edge of the front wheel opening to the ground is 30" and about 4" above the tire.
Looks like the rear end is lower the front end to raise

Should I cut the front coils? I need the front end down 3-4". Any other thoughts or ideas?

Thanks very much!

Jack Bacon

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Re: Rampside Ride Height questions
Posted by: ac1948 ()
Date: May 15, 2018 08:09AM

I have the same thing. I used C3 Corvette springs. They seem to have settled some but still too high. May cut a coil.

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Charleston, SC

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Re: Rampside Ride Height questions
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: May 15, 2018 08:25AM

Ken's springs were supposed to lower the front approx. 2" IIRC

I would wait for Ken to reply.. then decide..





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Re: Rampside Ride Height questions
Posted by: isucorvair ()
Date: May 15, 2018 10:45AM

Based on what I can find - STOCK - they were 29.5 to the top of the front wheel opening.

Are you running a taller tire?

I can measure mine tonight - but I am fairly certin it's no where close to 30" - but cut 1 coil all around on stock springs.


Eric P.
DeWitt, IA

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Re: Rampside Ride Height questions
Posted by: jack bacon ()
Date: May 15, 2018 10:50AM

Think I am using 205/95/15

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Re: Rampside Ride Height questions
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: May 15, 2018 11:21AM

That's a tall tire!! "95" aspect!

But the 4" between tire and wheel well..way too much.... they look so much better low!

sanman1st / Ed's RS 2" spindle plus cut springs..







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Re: Rampside Ride Height questions
Posted by: aircooled6 ()
Date: May 15, 2018 05:15PM

I have a set of Ken's springs/shocks on my 64 Brier. THey are several years old now. Standard Springs on the back. 205/75-14 tires.

Front drivers side ground to lip of fender is right around 26 3/4 inches. Rear is 23 and a bit. Couldnt see it clearly, due to stuff piled up next to the van.

Remember - The springs will settle in a bit once you drive around some and the front normally rides a little higher and crouches down as you load the vehicle. 30 inches seems really high, though.

Everett Wilson
North Richland Hills TX
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Re: Rampside Ride Height questions
Posted by: jack bacon ()
Date: May 15, 2018 05:29PM

I think I will put the rear stock springs back in. The rear end is saggig with the light duty spings. This is something that Clarksshould mention in their catalog, @#$^!

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Re: Rampside Ride Height questions
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: May 15, 2018 05:39PM

Are the rear wheels "Vertical? or tilted in at the top?

Bottom line... your front springs didn't lower it at all...

Did you wait until it was on the ground before tightening the A-arms?





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Re: Rampside Ride Height questions
Posted by: vairchet ()
Date: May 15, 2018 06:10PM

I may still have these (great for uneven lowered riding height):

Chet in Ramona

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Re: Rampside Ride Height questions
Posted by: jack bacon ()
Date: May 15, 2018 07:03PM

Matt, the rear wheels are vertical and I will ask my mechanic aboit the A arms. Should they be tightened on ground or in the air?

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Re: Rampside Ride Height questions
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: May 15, 2018 07:39PM

On the ground..so the bushings are in the center of there range of movement.





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Re: Rampside Ride Height questions
Posted by: 66vairman ()
Date: May 15, 2018 07:49PM

Matt is correct. I've seen folks tighten down the bushing bolts with the wheels hanging down (no load). It can add a few inches to ride height and it's not good for the bushings.

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Re: Rampside Ride Height questions
Posted by: vairmech ()
Date: May 16, 2018 04:17AM

There are several factors to be considered here first is the rear end was lowered! #2 is non stock tires and wheels.

The springs I supply do lower the front about 2" so when you lower the back by 2" also you are right back to square one with the nose high! The reason I mention tires at all is because numbers were mentioned for ride height. Non stock tires and rims if they are not stock diameter, you have to consider that when you look at ride height numbers.

So with this to get the front down more the only way to do that is to use the 2" drop spindles in addition to my springs.
Putting the stock springs back in cut will make the front a pogo stick ride and very harsh.

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Re: Rampside Ride Height questions
Posted by: JimBrandberg ()
Date: May 16, 2018 08:18AM

The drag-ass look of FCs is a little difficult to overcome. Most of the trouble is being high in the front rather than low in the rear.

I would choose rear springs to get the camber where you want it and then focus on the front, lowering until it's where you want it.

If the light duty rear springs have any negative camber at all when at rest, they are too short, a touch of positive camber might be ideal, you probably want to carry something sometime.

What did Fran do with Ken's front springs on his Rampside?

A 95 tire is very tall, can you use a shorter tire in the front? Will a 205/95/15 rub on the rear fenders? I suppose it depends on your wheel offset.

When I was done with my Rampside, it looked okay but sure couldn't haul a load like it used to. Eric has a picture showing lots of squat.

Just some thoughts, I don't have experience with either the front or rear springs you have.

Jim Brandberg
Isanti, MN
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Re: Rampside Ride Height questions
Posted by: isucorvair ()
Date: May 19, 2018 06:18PM

I'll try and find the pic Jim is referring to- have a few. One has 1800lbs of block in the bed though....so it may be a bit extreme.

I have absolutely zero complaints about my (Jims old) truck. It rides so smooth, not bounce, and sits nice. From what I can tell, cut stock springs, 1 coil.

Eric P
DeWitt, IA

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Re: Rampside Ride Height questions
Posted by: ihscomputers ()
Date: May 19, 2018 07:03PM

After installing the Ken Hand front kit and Clarks light duty springs on the rear, the recently sold 62 Rampside had a level stance with 17" wheels:





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