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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 4th, 00, 10:00 AM Thread Starter
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Help! I have a 73 Camaro and just put 10" wheels on the rear. I also noticed that the bottom bolt from the shock is rubbing against the inside wheel. I'd like to keep the wheels. I'm sure there's a way to keep these wheels. What can I do to avoid the shock bolt rubbing?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 4th, 00, 10:13 AM
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you may have to lose them for a 10" rim with less backspacing ... that way the bolts get to the rim before the shock does, but you MAY be able to get a rim spacer from your local parts supplier, the bolt pattern is all the same for chevys 5 x 4 3/4 you may need longer (7/16) style lugnuts for the new spacer addition...

What size Monster tires you have on that thing? that is a BIG rim...

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 4th, 00, 10:26 AM Thread Starter
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The wheels are 15X10 with P245/60S15. Not too huge. The shocks aren't rubbing the end of the bottom bolt from the shocks are. Isn't it possible to change the size of the bolt from the shock?
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 4th, 00, 10:57 AM
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there's a kit or something that was featured in Hot Rod a while back to move the shock mounts inside the fraimrail for tire clearance.....I think. Don't quote me, I just kind of skimed the article. sorry

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 4th, 00, 11:34 AM
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You can move your shocks inboard, but if your running a full exhaust this probabley won't be an option. I tried to do it on my car and the exhaust pipes were right in the way of where the shock would go. How bad is the shock hitting? I did this on a nova I had, since there is some room between the shock and the leaf spring, you can make your own lower shock mount by either cutting and re-welding the lower shock mount closer to the spring, or what I did and make a hole new lower shock mount. I took some 3/8" steel and drilled holes in it where the U-bolts go through and the center hole, I did this using the original as a template, and make a tab for lower shock mount. Bolt the new plate under the spring and bolt the shock to the new tab. Move the shock as close as you can to the spring, allowing a little clearence, and then weld the shock mount. This might give you 3/8" to 1/2" of extra clearence depending on you vehicle and shocks, and might solve your problem.

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 5th, 00, 05:22 AM
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Those are very wide wheels for 245 tires. I'm running 255/45's on 8" wheels and they're fine. You may have to trade down to 9's or 8's to get the fit right - to stay with 10's I would guess would require custom backspacing and a little wheelwell massaging.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 5th, 00, 06:32 AM Thread Starter
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Well, I put on new shocks and just cut the excess bolt off that was impeding on the rim. This should work. There's about 1/2" clearance now. Any comments on this method?
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