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    Default U-van springs will they work on an A-body?

    Just like the tital says will they fit and work? I plan on cutting one or two coils off to lower it but still be stiff. I am going to try to cut some a-bOdy springs off my 87 cent parts car first to see how those work but I probably going to go with the van springs
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    The van springs will work, but keep in mind they're made for a vehicle that carries 6-700 lbs more weight than a car. Might be stiffer than you actually want.
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    I've got van springs in the rear of my coupe (they are trimmed down some), the ride is actually better than stock. The stock rear springs in the cars are just plain too soft for any type of driving.

    I plan to use cut van springs in the front too. I will need to trim them a little more though because I also plan to use Fiero struts. They are basically the same, but the spring perch is a little higher for better tire clearance.
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    Cool I will defiantly be going with uvan springs than if I can slam it and get factory ride
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    Hate to dig an old thread, but it's getting to be about time to do the springs in my '93 Century.

    I've got a few questions about the U-van springs, though

    What gen. U-van springs are compatible with the A-bodies? I'll assume the first gen?
    I've heard some are pigtailed, while some are not.

    Can I expect an increased ride height? (Higher is better in my application)

    And whats this I hear about Fiero struts? Are they a direct bolt-on for our cars?
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    Yes and Yes on the last 2..

    As far as the pigtailing goes. I am not sure.. I think it depends on your current spring as to which gen U-van you get your donor parts from.
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    I think the pigtail springs started in '92, the non-pigtail U-van springs are more difficult to find these days.
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