Author Topic: 79 TA W72 WS6 Standard Ride Height  (Read 252 times)

Jolo

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79 TA W72 WS6 Standard Ride Height
« on: March 02, 2021, 05:27:20 PM »
The previous owner of my 79 TA did a complete stock restoration, however I don’t think he used the proper spring rate for the front coils. The car sits  higher in front and the gap between tire and outer fender lip is 1 1/2 inches more up front than in back. Two questions. What is the correct spring rate for the Pontiac W72 400 (z code) with WS6 and what are the standard ride height dimensions?

MalteseFalcon

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Re: 79 TA W72 WS6 Standard Ride Height
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2021, 06:07:36 PM »
Front springs should be the same rate and capacity as other Trans Am springs for the same engine; I believe there are different load ratings for cars with and without A/C. It's the rear spring that are a higher rate for 2nd gen WS6's.
Steve

1978 WS6 - W72 4 Speed, Martinique Blue on Light Blue - Fire Am Restification Project
 Build Thread: http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=684.0

2000 WS6 6-Speed Trans Am, Black on Ebony (sold)
1976 455 4-Speed Trans Am, Goldenrod Yellow on Saddle (sold)
1976 455 4-Speed Trans Am, Firethorn Red on Firethorn Red (sold)

firebirdparts

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Re: 79 TA W72 WS6 Standard Ride Height
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2021, 11:50:48 AM »
The parts books were very detailed on this, giving the weight of dozens of options that only weighed 2 or 3 pounds for earlier years.  In 1979, though, you are supposed to get GAWRF from the sticker on the left door and go by that.  I don't even know what GAWRF stands for.

For 1979 WS6, they used just two part numbers, 482509 (light) and 3988113 (heavy = above 953 kgs).  This was for service, and they might have had more to pick from on the assembly line.  I'm not sure, but we could certainly figure it out from looking at 1979 WS6 build sheets.

I don't know if there is a way to convert starting from these part numbers. 

These springs were widely used.  Brian Morelock told me 30 years ago that he had a 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, and he went to put WS6 springs under it, but the springs were tagged, and it already had the same springs.
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MalteseFalcon

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Re: 79 TA W72 WS6 Standard Ride Height
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2021, 04:26:38 PM »
GAWRF = Gross Axle Weight Rating Front, I believe.
Steve

1978 WS6 - W72 4 Speed, Martinique Blue on Light Blue - Fire Am Restification Project
 Build Thread: http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=684.0

2000 WS6 6-Speed Trans Am, Black on Ebony (sold)
1976 455 4-Speed Trans Am, Goldenrod Yellow on Saddle (sold)
1976 455 4-Speed Trans Am, Firethorn Red on Firethorn Red (sold)

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