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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Oct 18th, 09, 07:48 AM Thread Starter
Dave K
 
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68 Camaro Suspension Overhaul?

I have had my 68 SS for 11 years and over those years I have not done any suspension works. No shocks, springs, bushing etc. Over this time I have put about 40K miles on the car. It's a great driver!!

So I just recently put on some 17" rims 275/40's rear and 245/45's up front. All was good with minor rubbing on the front passenger side until last night when I added about 400lbs with the addition of three passengers. I had rubbing in the rear and up front on a regular basis from the restaurant.

So my question is can I get away with just shocks and springs or would you all recommend bushing and other upgrades. I don't want to spend a ton of money but I plan on keeping the car and want to do it right.

So let me know what you would recommend.

Thanks,

Dave

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Oct 18th, 09, 08:01 AM Thread Starter
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Re: 68 Camaro Suspension Overhaul?

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Here is what the car looks like today.

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Re: 68 Camaro Suspension Overhaul?

Often old springs can still support the car weight but are hyper sensitive to added weight and collapse easily. I would consider some springs like Hotchkis. Don't worry about the spring drop being to low, it is likely you worn springs already ride at a lower then factory height.

Also, if your rubing on the front tire it may not be springs or bushings (although it could be either or both) I may simply be alighnment specs. it might just be not enough negative camber?

It is pretty easy to do a visual inspection of the bushings. If the bushings are good I would go springs, shocks alignment.
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