Pics Of Your Lowered 70-72 Skylarks

Discussion in 'Pro-Touring' started by haganlee, Oct 24, 2016.

  1. haganlee

    haganlee Well-Known Member

    Ended up installing tubular upper and lower control arms with 2” drop springs in front and 3” drop springs in the rear with tubular upper and lower control arms as well. Also added 1.25” sway bar in front and 1” sway bar in the rear. All UMI products. It is so low I had to remove the long tube headers and go with stock exhaust manifolds to tuck it close with 3” exhaust back to 2 spintech 3000 mufflers turned down in front of the rear axle(it is loud). At the same time did a Muncie 4 speed conversion. Everything was done by Jamie Mckevlin of Jamie’s Performance and Repair in Sacshe Tx. He and Josh do great work! Only place I will take my Buick in the Dallas area.

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  2. gsla72

    gsla72 Well-Known Member

    Car looks great Lee! Glad to see a pro touring Buick in the DFW area.
  3. Brad W

    Brad W Miles from nowhere...

    72 buick.jpg My brothers '72 custom which I'm hoping to buy shortly ...I've been baby sitting it for awile.
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  4. 72inPitt

    72inPitt Member

    This is my 72'
    Boss 338 - 18x8 front - Nitto 225/40/18
    Boss 338- 20x10 rear - Nitto 275/40/20

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  5. pbulski

    pbulski Well-Known Member

    "Phase 1" on my '71 GS 350. Ridetech Stage II coilovers and swaybars, Wilwood disc brakes all around, Budnik "Pivot" 18x10 rear. 18x8 front. Nitto 295/35-18 & 275/35-18 Road America 4 adj.jpg Road America 2 adj.jpg Road America 3 adj.jpg
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  6. pbulski

    pbulski Well-Known Member

    '71 GS 350 with Ridetech Stage II coilovers and Muscle Bars (which lowered front 2" and rear only 1" from stock), Nitto NT05 295/35-18 rear, 275/35-18 front on Budnik "Pivot" wheels. Front springs are Ridetech 8" 750 lb but I might need to go with something a little heavier. Coils are adjusted 3/4 way up to keep front tires from rubbing. Heavier springs is probably the better answer. Rear springs are Ridetech 12" 225 lb. I wouldn't mind the rear to drop a little lower. I may cut an inch out of the spring.
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  7. pbulski

    pbulski Well-Known Member

    Beautiful car! I found your pic on line somewhere and had it as my desktop for inspiration when I started building my '71 GS. Thanks for the inspiration!
  8. ceas350

    ceas350 "THE BURNER"

    Have any of you guys had to mod/ cut the wheel wells to fit those wheels and tires? Thanks!
  9. pbulski

    pbulski Well-Known Member

    I was able to fit 275/35-18 in the front with Ridetech suspension and drop spindles without cutting anything... but it's REALLY close! Front sits lower than expected. At first, tire rubbed on the inside fender bolt at the top of the wheel well and I couldn't adjust the coil up much higher. So I took the bolt out! Genius!
  10. 72inPitt

    72inPitt Member

    I also had to remove the pesky bolts on the top of the wheel well on both sides. In the rear I had to do some minor surgery. About a 1/4" was cut out of the lip of the rear wells. I'm running 225/40/18 front and 275/40/20 rear
  11. ceas350

    ceas350 "THE BURNER"

    Cool deal. Pretty simple fix. I always wondered if a 9in wide wheel would fit up front and what would need to be done if any
  12. 87GN_70GS

    87GN_70GS Well-Known Member

    How much clearance did you end up with between the tire and frame on the inside (closest point) and tire and fender lip on the outside?
  13. bat

    bat Member

    Thank you!
    I totally failed to specify:
    Circle Racing Billet Aluminum 17”X8” wheels up front and 17”X9.5" in rear. 225/45ZR-17 tires in front & 275/40ZR-17's in rear. Michelin Pilot Sport tires are amazing performers but I've blown two in less than 10K miles.
    Hotchkiss suspension parts include anti-sway bars in front and rear as well as control arms. Can't remember who made the coilovers or what else has been done. All suspension credit goes to Barney Squiers in Locust Grove, VA, he figures out a way to lower the car another millimeter or two every time he gets it in the shop. Nothing rubs but at one point I was bottoming out and the exhaust squashed a brake line over the rear axle. Extremely lucky to get that fixed in time...
  14. pbulski

    pbulski Well-Known Member

  15. radicalblurr

    radicalblurr Member

    I'm not sure what the ride height vs stock is, close to 2 inches. Adjustable coil overs front and rear. 275/35/18 front and 305/45/18 rear.

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  16. Seven6Regal

    Seven6Regal Well-Known Member


    What size wheels and tires are you running? I like the dog dish hubs and have been considering this style for my '76 Regal, which currently has 18" Boss 338. This car is now 1" lower on all corners (after pic taken).

  17. Brent

    Brent Well-Known Member

    The rims are 17x9 with 285/40/17 on the rear and 245/45/17 on the front. The dog dishes are not correct for the year, they are from the mid to late 70's.
  18. 72buicklark

    72buicklark AKA 68GS383

    Heres my 68. 1.6 all around on summit racing springs index.jpg
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  19. 68Rivi_In_Cali

    68Rivi_In_Cali Well-Known Member

    Is this with just lowering springs with stock control arms and ball joints?
  20. stab6902

    stab6902 Active Member

    I am using the stock control arms (with new bushings) and the 0.9" taller Pro-Forged upper ball joints for better camber gain. You'd have the same stance with all the factory stuff.

    Sorry about the slow response, I haven't been on here in forever.
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