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Author Topic:   Camaro or metric A-arms?
rnoswal53
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posted March 02, 2005 08:42 AM  
I was going to get some front springs today but the parts guy wanted to know if it had a metric or camaro a-arm. The reason is that the American Made chassis apparently came with different arms at different times of their construction. A measurement I was asked was the width at the outer points of the A-arm where the pivot points are. I measured pretty close to 14 and 1/4 in. That is the A-arm itself under the car at the widest points. If there are other things to measure or look at to distinquish the Camaro from the metric A-arm let me know. I need the springs and need to know.

Thanks
Russ

rnoswal53
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posted March 02, 2005 08:53 PM  
Anyone?!?!?!

snowman
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posted March 02, 2005 08:54 PM  
Modified or stock stub late/sportsman ??????

I believe all thier mod's since 2000 use the small metric.......

Stock stub lates/sportsmans use the small metric clip, but the rear mounts were relocated to use the Camaro lowers.

Good Luck,
snowman

rnoswal53
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posted March 03, 2005 12:24 AM  
Well it is a modified. I had heard that a modification was made to use the camaro lowers with little or no advantage. The problem is that each lower a-arm needs a different spring. I hear the Camaro needs more spring compared to the metric because of spring location. I was just trying to get a type on here without going to the junkyards and measuring. That is why I threw the measurement in to see if anyone could tell by that as to what type it was. I bought the car a month ago and the previous owner had no idea when the car was built. The chassis number is 297, but I don't think that will help as far as to what lower a-arm it has.

Thanks

snowman
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posted March 03, 2005 11:14 AM  
The 14 1/4 measurement is the small metric (depending on where you measured).......if you measure from the front mounting point to the ball joint, it should be (about) 15 1/2 in.......not an exact measurement,just a rough measurement laying under the car.......

If you had the early nova/camaro lowers, the balljoint would be outboard another 2 1/4 in.

Basically, the early nova/camaro lowers fit the metric frame......(small shim required).....

But they did not use these lowers unless it was a custom job at the customers request........

They used later Camaro lowers on some stock stub lates/sportsman........use of these lowers require the rear mount to be relocated.........You can easily tell if the mount has been moved just by looking at the weld......

These were never used on a mod to my knowledge as it would be illegal...... But I suppose they could have on a custom......

I'd bet on the small metric......

Good Luck,
snowman

rnoswal53
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posted March 03, 2005 07:03 PM  
Thanks Snowman, that helps a lot!

Russ

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