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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old Nov 25th, 10, 06:00 AM Thread Starter
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Rear Wheel Alignment Problem

I noticed that my passenger rear wheel is ~3/4" out or towards the fender lip compared to the driver's side. The driver side is ~ 1/4" from inner wheel well and the passenger side is ~ 1". This car have never been hit or in any kind of accident and has all original sheet metal. I have added Hotchkis 1.5" lowering multi-leaf springs and all new hardware (urethane rear bushings, rubber front bushings, heavy duty shackles, u-bolts, spring pads, and nut clips). I am absolutely positive the multi leaf perches are seated correctly with the leaf springs with the leaf spring bolt protruding through the perch and the leaf spring nodule protruding through the shock plate. I had new spring perches welded on the 12 bolt, but they are exactly the same distance from the axle flanges.

I have read a few posts where unmolested cars have this same issue and it wasnít a problem since the factory did not install wide tires. I read a post that said you can measure any original car and the passenger wheel will be out from 1/2 - 3/4". Anyone with this same problem?

I don't want to add a wheel spacer to correct the problem. I'm considering moving the axle perches over 0.375". This is the only way I feel I can correct the problem without messing up the geometry of the car. The axle has already been powder coated which sucks. Any ideas?

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old Nov 25th, 10, 06:34 AM
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Re: Rear Wheel Alignment Problem

Mine was about a 1/4" to the driver's side. My understanding is that it is a very common issue.

The only way to know if you have something to correct is to drop a plum line on various frame points to measure to see if your frame is centered, straight and true. It might just be that your body is offset to the frame or it could be that the frame and body isn't straight the only way to tell is to take some measurements.


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