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Old 02-24-2014, 11:25 AM   #1
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V8 Coil Springs on a V6?...

Hi guys,

I'm going to be replacing my rear shocks on my V6 3.8 soon and was wondering if V8 Z28 springs would be ok on the V6?

I'm sure they'll fit but are the spring ratings different?

I've not compared the two springs side by side before?

Has anyone done this?

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People have done this. What years are we working with?
Are you getting the v8 springs for cheap/free? Why not just replace with an aftermarket lowering spring?
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5 years ago I installed Bilstien HDs and swapped 96 Z28 rear springs in for my 96 3.8 rear springs. The ride height stayed the same. It has a stiffer spring rate. Side by side the 3.8 is a little taller. But under compression of the cars weight they ride the same height, with the Z28 springs offering a stiffer ride. I found I didn't bottom out as easily due to the higher lb spring. Now I currently have 02 SS springs in the rear and the ride height appears to be the same as well. I think the front springs is when you will be affected with ride height switching over to the V8 springs since they are all designed to keep the ride height for which ever engine they were meant for. So in conclusion, with the rears you should be good to go.
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I got a set of z28 springs & shocks for next to nothing with low miles on them. I put them on my 02 bird(v6) and they are great.
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People have done this. What years are we working with?
Are you getting the v8 springs for cheap/free? Why not just replace with an aftermarket lowering spring?

I was given a set of springs off a '98 Z28 that only had 28000 miles on them for nothing. My car is also a '98 so I thought ( as long as it didn't alter the ride height ) I'd fit the rear springs whilst I was changing the rear shocks.
I'd be quite happy with a slightly stiffer rear end as it's very soft at the moment!
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It wont alter the height enough to notice very much. I would go ahead and do it. Especially since they were free.
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It wont alter the height enough to notice very much. I would go ahead and do it. Especially since they were free.

Brilliant! Thanks for all your help guys. ;-)
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