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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Jun 20th, 01, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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Ok..Had the front springs,upper and lower ball joints,and rear shocks(The shocks on the rear on the car were incorrect.. to short)Replaced($580) and the car still leans approx 1/2"...I also notice that when the rear end is at full hang..(when I put the car on stands and let the rear suspension hang free)..The drivers side hangs approx 1/2 inch higher than the passengers side...In other words when measured from the upper wheel well molding to the center of the axel on the drivers side im at 18 2/3" and when measured from the passengers side im at 19"...Same amount as my lean(Is this normal on all camaros)...I have checked to make sure there is nothing binding..I am at my witts end...I measure from the frame rails down to the flat garage floor while the cars on jack stands and I get matching measurements all the way around...I put it on the ground and I get the lean....Realy confussed.. sorry about the long rambling..Thanks in advance
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I had the same problem as your describing. I bent the rear leaf spring on mine. I wrapped the spring eye so bad it hung about 1 1/2" different. Sounds like you've covered everything except the problem, though the car may have needed what you did anyway I'm sure. Money not wasted in my opinion. Sounds like you need a new set of rear leaf springs now.

If and when you do order some, make sure you get the bolt & clip set for the front spring eye perch. Very high chance you'll need them. If the clips don't snap off on you, check them for cracks, they'll probably have a few.

After removing my springs from the car, one side was 1" longer and 1/2" lower.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old Jun 21st, 01, 07:10 AM
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I wonder if your rear springs have been preloaded? If the springs were installed and fully tightened while the car was on stands, then they won't sit right with the weight of the car on them. You have to put the car on the ground before you finish torquing them down. You might try loosening the springs, putting the car on the ground, then torquing them to spec. Sorry, don't know what the spec is though. Do a search or look for it in the assembly manual. Good luck, that sounds frustrating!
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