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Rear leaf spring install question

Is there a L & R rear leaf spring, or are they interchangeable?
Reason being is that I removed the front eye bushings and just put new ones in without keeping track of which spring came from the original location.
I have Global West L16 leaf springs and just installed there Del-A-Lum bushing and shackle kit. Now the rear end is shifted to the driverís side about a Ĺ inch from the passenger side. Now the drivers tire rubs on the fender lip. Seems like the rearend is not correctly centered now, but everything is correctly installed.
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Re: Rear leaf spring install question

Although I'm not familar with those particular springs, I don't believe there's any difference, L or R. The bolt that goes through each leaf spring is properly located in the rearend/shock plate holes, right ?

You can check for square by measuring diagonally, assuming the subframe is square with the body. Might be better points to measure from, but it's pretty easy to put the end of the tape measure on the lower front ball joint grease fitting and measure back to the oppsosite side leaf spring alignment bolt at the bottom of the shock plate.

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Re: Rear leaf spring install question

Did you tighten the spring shackle bolts up to final torque settings with the full weight of the car on the springs?

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Re: Rear leaf spring install question

Everything is properly mounted and tightened.
Because these springs are 1 1/2 lowering springs it is really now noticeable. Before the tires were below the inner well, now they are tucked under by over an inch. The rear end may always have been offset to the driver’s side. Just seeing if anyone else has an issue like this?
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Re: Rear leaf spring install question

Is it possible the new bushings are meant to install from a certain direction in the spring eyes?

Other than that, is it possible the spring pack locator pins in the axle spring perches are off centered?
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Re: Rear leaf spring install question

The Global West bushing kit can only be installed in one way. They are installed as the direction listed and are centered within the spring eyes.
Regarding the perches, I am going to measure then this afternoon. The rear end was from a 1972 Nova and is a 10 bolt, which is a direct replacement and fit for a 1969 Camaro. It has never been messed with, so I would assume that they are mounted correctly. The centering holes are correct also.
I will be measuring the fenders to see if anything is off there. The car may have been in a wreck and the fenders not properly set correctly. That is the only explanation I can think of??
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Re: Rear leaf spring install question

Can someone please give me the correct measurement for the rear inner fender well to the outside fender lip?
Just want to see if there was some rear quarter panel work done, and if so, which side is correct.
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Re: Rear leaf spring install question

Off topic a bit but this makes me think we should take measurements before taking things apart so if things go wrong (like now) we have a point of reference.

Sorry the OP is having trouble and I have no help
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Re: Rear leaf spring install question

I've got the same springs (which are centered fine) and can check fenders tomorrow if I remember. When I put mine in I had to leave the bottom of the shackles practically undone to get enough wiggle in the leaf to get the perch on the locator pin correctly, and it took some work with some small pry bars. I used the standard bushing that came in the front of the GW leafs after reading on lateral-g and other places that using a solid or poly bushing in the front can cause binding during cornering. Used the Energy Suspension heavy duty shackle and bushing kit in the rear.

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Re: Rear leaf spring install question

After looking around on different sites, I have found that others (mainly Nova guys) have reported the same issue. I guess most 60’s cars had issues with the rear axle not being perfectly centered between the rears of the cars fenders.
I have measured the distance from the inner wheel wells to the outside fender lip on both sides and they are within a 1/16 of an inch. So that not the problem. I did not notice this problem until I lowered the car with the lowering springs.
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Everything is properly mounted and tightened.
Loosen the shackle bolts (2/side) and front spring eyes, and bounce it around....Take it for a SPIRITED drive.

Maybe she'll settle down into the proper position.....

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Re: Rear leaf spring install question

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I guess most 60ís cars had issues with the rear axle not being perfectly centered between the rears of the cars fenders.
An idiosyncrasy of these cars, normal.
Mine had one slick even with the opening, the other side the slick was inside the edge.

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