<VV> Corvair Coil Springs and Shock Absorbers

Bryan Blackwell bryan at skiblack.com
Tue Oct 6 13:25:40 EDT 2009

I may have heard that before, but I don't see how it's true.  There's  
nothing particularly complicated about a spring, it has length and  
rate.  When springs get old, they tend to sag because the metal no  
longer will return to the same spot.  Rate is the same, but the length  
has changed.  Put new springs in of the same spec as the old ones were  
originally, then you should use the same shocks.

Now, if you are using a different spring spec - such as the modified  
Mustang springs - then you should use a different shock.  I don't  
think it has to be a gas shock, but it should be what is specified for  
the spring.  Gas shocks can slightly raise the vehicle, so it could be  
that the gas shock matches the modified springs better, so if that's  
what was specified, then use it.


On Oct 4, 2009, at 11:30 PM, woofcorvair at aol.com wrote:

> Some of our local Rampside and Van owners are interested in  knowing  
> more
> about the installation of the coil springs and shock  absorbers.  We  
> have
> heard that if you have installed
> new coil springs, it is recommended that you should only use   
> certain gas
> absorbers.  You should
> definitely be careful in your selection of shock absorbers after
> installing new coil springs.

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