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Author Topic:   nova lowers/impala spindles
shay
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 18
posted October 16, 2005 08:08 PM  
Everyone at my track tells me i need to change to nova lowers, and impala spindles, but they wont go into detail.Im not looking for anyones secrets, but im just wondering what i need, and what this does (lowers,and spindles) .Any help would be greatly appreciated.Im runnin a 79 regal(metric).

redneck racing
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posted October 17, 2005 02:18 AM  
The lowers are what you use to widen the front end of the car, as for the spindles the Impalas are used because they are sturdier. Eddie

shay
Dirt Roller

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posted October 17, 2005 07:47 PM  
Thanks for the reply Redneck.

WesternAuto17
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posted October 18, 2005 07:14 AM  
Impala spindles are bigger (bigger rotors, calipers and bearings), but more importantly, they are taller which increases the angle of the upper a-arms. Increasing those angles lowers the front roll center of the car.

The Nova lowers widen the front track, but also they help correct the crazy camber that results from using Impala spindles on the metric car. Without the Nova lowers, you need about 1.5" of shims to get the camber right. (The Nova lower info is theory from me, I only have the spindles on my car right now. So I could be wrong about the why you want the lowers.)

RACEINMUD
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Total posts: 323
posted October 28, 2005 12:10 PM  
I run the Impala spindles. What yr of Nova lowers should I look for? Thanks, Race

eborcim
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posted October 28, 2005 02:30 PM  
If you run the nova lowers, do they bolt up to the metric chassis? Or do you have to move the mounts?

bobaluuu
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posted October 28, 2005 09:06 PM  
these changes will eventually make a positive change to the metric car but the learning curve is very long and arduous. also consider this everytime you have a good wreck you haveto go out and refind these prts and then reset all that finiky geometry. a lot of fellers who are smarter than me warned me to beware of this but I had to try it and had the worst year ever. I've since gone back to more common stock stuff and concentrated on my driving. 7 feature wins this year. K>I>S>S>.my motto

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marp
Dirt Roller

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posted November 07, 2005 06:17 PM  
what year impala spindles are you guys using?
i have 3 sets of 71-76 and can get more.

just the spidles themselves will be an improvement?

o5racer
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posted November 07, 2005 08:03 PM  
Throw the 71-76 impalla spindles in the iron pile. They are way too heavy. Go with 78 or newer impalla spindles. The ball joints are the same and so are the tierods. one way or another move the stock lower ball joint out about 1 inch and ahead about 3/4 inch on the right side. that will take care of the camber issues in the rightside. all of the other parts in the front end are stock metric. The only thing from the impalla is the spindles, rotors and calipers. Nothing special or hard to find when you need repacements. If your worried about bump steer drop the inner tierod mounts about 5/8 of an inch. Its not a radical change, just a good one.
Nick

bobaluuu
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Total posts: 474
posted November 07, 2005 08:29 PM  
no no 05 you don't understand. you cant make one simple change, thats toooo easy.
you must also changeto nova lower control arms, tall balljoints, tubular uppers with 10 degrees min caster, shortened and centered camaro drag link, beefier longer tie rods, and build grasshopper shock bars to mount the"special" shocks above the upper control arm. oh and then you gotta add rear disc brakes, why I dont know but you just gotta do it. I'd tell you more but I dont want all my speed secrets to get out, lol
Dang that was fun. BOB

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