Rear tires rub, What Springs? 1980 Camaro

Discussion in 'Suspension, Steering, Brake & Wheel Topics' started by RSdemon, May 26, 2011.

  1. RSdemon

    RSdemon New Member

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    The rear tires are rubbing on my 1980 Sport Coupe, I have 14x8 with 3" backspace, and 245/60. The inner fender lip is rubbing and gouging the tire, does anyone know of a heavy spring that will get the body jacked up, looking to stay pretty close to 205# and was thinking about AFCO but I am a noob when it comes to old chevy's and any input is appreciated.
     
  2. frankz

    frankz Veteran Member

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    You can also roll the fender lip or put the correct back space wheels on if you didn't want to change out the springs.
     
  3. RSdemon

    RSdemon New Member

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    I thought about getting another set of rims but the wheel profile looks too aggressive to change. how would I roll the fender lip?? I want to avoid cutting if possible.
     
  4. m pozzi

    m pozzi Moderator Staff Member

    How bad is the rub? If it's minor but annoying, have a body shop do the fender rolling as it takes special tooling to do it right.

    Mary Pozzi
     
  5. RSdemon

    RSdemon New Member

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    It's pretty bad, it's leaving a gouge in the sidewall, I think Springs will help tremendously, considering the car sat in a field for the past 5 years and has been neglected, before I owned it. Thanks though.
     
  6. Twisted_Metal

    Twisted_Metal Moderator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Do it right the first time...
    Fix the suspension (rear springs, shocks) then get a set of wheels which fit properly along with tires which aren't gouged.
    It may cost some coin but it's better than losing a cut-down tire in a curve and totalling the car... Or worse!
     
  7. RSdemon

    RSdemon New Member

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    Any input on what springs would raise it up? I have been working on Suspension and now I need springs I have Bilstein HD shocks on the rear and Afco street strip shocks on the front, I need a heavy duty spring in back for additional stereo equipment, and passengers.
     
  8. ATM

    ATM Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    You should start with stock replacements then I would imagine. If your springs aren't broken, you can have them re-arched. You could also just go to a spring shop and have them get you some springs.
     
  9. norwood

    norwood Veteran Member

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    Get a wheel and tire combination that won't rub is the right answer. Anything else is a bandaid.
     
  10. DentDude

    DentDude Veteran Member

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