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NEW Rims hitting Shocks

OK my new TT2's the rims are 9.5 with 5.5 back space (i am going downstairs to remeasure) I hade slapper bars on the car now I switch over to shock plates with 2'' lowering blocks and thought every thing was good then I walked in the hause today and looked at the rims and saw the lower part of the shocks and plates sittin on the rim? Wht is this happen I read with 9.5 rims I needed 5.5 rims.





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Re: NEW Rims hitting Shocks

I ran into the sme problem trying to use 2" block. I had to use 1" block and it still looks good. I am going to order DSE 2" drop springs. I use the same rims and size tires as you. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news>

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Re: NEW Rims hitting Shocks

First I think the block is too big and it looks to me like you have the wrong shocks for the multi-leaf shock plate. My shocks have a stud that is built into and through the bottom eye that is flush with the eye on the wheel side, nothing protudes out towards the wheel.

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Re: NEW Rims hitting Shocks

Two choices, I see:
1. Shorten the lowering block by half the thickness
2. Add a spacer between the wheel and axle flange.

I vote for #1.

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Re: NEW Rims hitting Shocks

Rex some times bad news is what i need to hear, it figures since I loved the look of the 2 inch blocks. I was wondering if I could heat and bend up where the shocks mount so they are sticking up

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Re: NEW Rims hitting Shocks

What worries me is when the spring begin to sag over time even if I have 2 inches the spring plate on the bottom will hit the rim.

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Re: NEW Rims hitting Shocks

No, shock plate and wheel are connected to each other. If spring sags, shock will never hit wheel if you have a shorter block.

Shock plate is bolted to axle, wheel is bolted to it. The distance will never change unless, God forbid, the axle flange breaks.

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Re: NEW Rims hitting Shocks

Then I dont understand why it didnt hit when I put them on it seems that after a few days the spring settled a little is when they started hitting.. Thank all for the help.

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Re: NEW Rims hitting Shocks

How much clearance then?

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Re: NEW Rims hitting Shocks

The sag, if you are experiencing some is most likely from the rear shackles settling in after installing the blocks. Your springs have a certain arch and if you didn't remove them when you installed the blocks the shackles started out where they were before the blocks. The blocks changed the arch of teh spring. The spring as it tries to find it's natural arch for your load slowly moved the shackle lowering the car some.

Loosen the shackles (both upper and lower) and try a 1 1/2" block. Set the car back on it's wheels and then tighten the shackles.

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A '67 car use's a through bolt!

A '68 and '69 use a stud!!

My 17" x 5.25" or so allow my '67 stuff to tuck inside, otherwise you need a 3.75" B/S for a 14" rim!!

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I should have added with those 255's if you run a 1/4" wheel spacer you might not have to to trim the fender lip with the car sitting still or driving in a straight line but corners and driveways at an angle to avoid scraping may cause some tire rub. If you have drums in the back it will be less of a problem.

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Re: NEW Rims hitting Shocks

Thanks guys, I am going to cut them on a band saw tomarrow 1 1/2....

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First I think the block is too big and it looks to me like you have the wrong shocks for the multi-leaf shock plate. My shocks have a stud that is built into and through the bottom eye that is flush with the eye on the wheel side, nothing protudes out towards the wheel.
I cut them down 1/2 inch and still have the problem If my shock was mounted without that little spacer I would be cool. Does anyone have some pic's of the proper shock on and off the mount. Thank you

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Re: NEW Rims hitting Shocks

You had to gain something removing a half inch... The spacer is required but not the nut and bolt head.

Here's a multi-leaf Koni...

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