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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old Aug 6th, 13, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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1969 Camaro SS - slight tire rub

I have a 1969 Camaro SS that has BF Goodrich Radial T/A, 225/60R15, on a 15"x7" Cragar SS rim. On occasion, I experience some tire rub on the front passenger side tire when hitting a large bump, a dip in the road, or I have a larger passenger in the car. I replaced the front springs, as the right one was weak and that helped out a great deal, but still rubs every now and then. I was going to replace the front shocks with a much stronger spring shock, but am having trouble finding a shock that will fit through the hole in the lower control arm. No rub at all on the driver side. Frame on car is pretty straight and the car sits level. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old Aug 6th, 13, 02:49 PM
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Re: 1969 Camaro SS - slight tire rub

I think if you want a coil plus shock you will need to remove the coils spring and go with something like this

http://www.qa1.net/qa1_motorsports/d...djustable.html

Ive been mulling it over lately.

Or you need to change out to a stiffer coil spring. When I did my front end last year I went with the 6308 springs. They are too low and to soft for my taste.
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Re: 1969 Camaro SS - slight tire rub

Thanks. I have been looking at something similar, but didn't really want to spend that kind of dough, but looks like I might have to.
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Re: 1969 Camaro SS - slight tire rub

Using a 7 inch wheel is the risk involved. How much is the rub?
Compare the distance from the drvr side to the top of the tire with the pass side, same spot.
If you add a 1/8 inch shim to each upper control arm bolt, would this pull in the top?
Is the front metal towards the drvr side a touch?

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Re: 1969 Camaro SS - slight tire rub

Where is it rubbing? It could be the bolt at the top of the wheel well molding, the inner fender?
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Re: 1969 Camaro SS - slight tire rub

It is a very slight rub only when I drive over a dip in the road. There is about a 1/2" difference between the gap on the drivers side and the passenger side. It isn't damaging the tire at all, just annoying every now and then.
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Re: 1969 Camaro SS - slight tire rub

The bolt has been removed. It is rubbing on the fender well trim.
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Re: 1969 Camaro SS - slight tire rub

How about if you took a rubber hammer and tapped the area slightly?
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Re: 1969 Camaro SS - slight tire rub

I had the EXACT same symptoms with the same size rim on my daily driver (130 miles a day). I switched to 215/60/15 and the problem is gone. I couldn't believe that it made that much of a difference. There was no stance or look change. The tires were the cheapest thing to replace compared to the other solutions.

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Re: 1969 Camaro SS - slight tire rub

Was it rubbing on both sides in your situation or just the passengers side like mine?
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Re: 1969 Camaro SS - slight tire rub

Mine rubbed on the pass side and I tapped it with a rubber hammer. . . .gently and there is no more rubbing.
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Re: 1969 Camaro SS - slight tire rub

Just the passenger side. I actually laughed when I read your post so I know how annoying it is.

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Re: 1969 Camaro SS - slight tire rub

Thanks for the feedback guys. I really appreciate it.
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Re: 1969 Camaro SS - slight tire rub

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Mine rubbed on the pass side and I tapped it with a rubber hammer. . . .gently and there is no more rubbing.
Mine rubbed a bit more on the inner fender. An 8 lb fine-tuner did the job just fine...

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