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    my trans am is lower on one side and the shocks or diffent colors the one on the driver side is orange and pass side is black, is there a differ shock, would that make the car lower on one side?

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    I don't have an answer for you, but my 00' WS6 was lower on one side too.

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    it could be a bad shock, bad springs or your rear springs rubber isolator is not in the right spot at the top. I will jack the rear of the car and let the rear end hang. then look at the top of the springs and make sure that the rubber isolators are in the right place.

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    Park the car on a level surface and then jounce the car on its suspension to settle it. Measure from the top of the wheel well to the ground at each of the four wheels and see what the difference is side to side. Less than an inch and I would not worry too much. More, then something needs done.

    Any suspension mods to the car other than the mis-matched shocks? I assume you mean the rear of the car when you say "shocks", however, if it is the front that has been changed on one side only, that is probably the issue.

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    is it the drivers side thats lower? could be saying something about you....

    is it the passenger side? might be saying something about the women you pick up....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikito View Post
    is it the passenger side? might be saying something about the number of hard launches you've done....
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    Orange=DeCarbon
    Black shock could be Monroe Sensa-Trac. Two different animals IMO. I don't believe Sensa-Tracs are as stiff as DeCarbons from the factory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayTA98 View Post
    it could be a bad shock, bad springs or your rear springs rubber isolator is not in the right spot at the top. I will jack the rear of the car and let the rear end hang. then look at the top of the springs and make sure that the rubber isolators are in the right place.
    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    Park the car on a level surface and then jounce the car on its suspension to settle it. Measure from the top of the wheel well to the ground at each of the four wheels and see what the difference is side to side. Less than an inch and I would not worry too much. More, then something needs done.

    Any suspension mods to the car other than the mis-matched shocks? I assume you mean the rear of the car when you say "shocks", however, if it is the front that has been changed on one side only, that is probably the issue.
    +1 Both.

    I give you an example of mine. Like Jeff said, park on a level surface measure exactly how. (I'll add one more point, used the center of the wheel as a reference point.)

    When I suspected mine to be off I measure them out.

    98' Stock suspension:
    DF = 26.75"
    PF = 26.75"
    DR = 26.50"
    PR = 26.00"

    After getting Hotchkins 1" Drop springs:
    DF = 26.50" * Replaced with OEM Struts
    PF = 26.50" *
    DR = 26.50"
    PR = 26.25"


    Now with a 1" drop in the springs I changed barely a 1/4 of an inch. That tells me that my springs were very worn out IMO. Another clue was that if I had hit a bump it felt like I hit a curb. I ended up going back up and re-seating the rubber isolator into the pocket.

    When you replace shocks you should always replace them in pairs on the same axle. Both are worn at the same time, but the passenger side always goes first because of the way the axle loads on take off.

    Springs come in set's of 4, unless you get specialized ones for racing.



    Quote Originally Posted by cammed goat View Post
    Orange=DeCarbon
    Black shock could be Monroe Sensa-Trac. Two different animals IMO. I don't believe Sensa-Tracs are as stiff as DeCarbons from the factory.
    Agree I have the Monroe's in the rear and I'm hating them. Can't afford Bilstein's yet and also have other stuff that is a higher priority .

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    Op, also one more thing. GM used different spring heights through out the build yrs to included in the same yr. From my reading and understanding, some cars where given higher springs to make them more compliant to overseas sales.

    My buddy has a 99' and his is 3" higher then mine.

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