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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Aug 10th, 03, 02:59 PM Thread Starter
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Hey,

I notice a distinct difference in the spacing in the front fender wells of my 68. I currently have 225/55 tires mounted on 16x8 w/4 inch backspacing. On the passenger side, there is at least an inch less space between the wheel and the back of the fender. The wheel rubs when it is turned to the right - way before full lock. The driver side is ok, no rubbing at all. Has anyone else come across this?

I plan on going with 225/50 series tires which should save me about an inch and hopefully will clear. I want to avoid having to buy new rims (they aint cheap!!) I'm hoping the 4 inches of backspacing will be enough. I really did not want to go with a tire much smaller than 225 but then I don't want the tire rub either.

Any help will be appreciated.
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choptop had a similar problem awhile back. Hopefully he will chime in and give some advice.


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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old Aug 10th, 03, 06:30 PM
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I had the same problem... the lower control arm was bent- but not noticable to the naked eye. Once I purchased a new control arm and compared it to the old one could I see the subtle difference that actually made a big difference. Also check the lower control arm bushings for wear or damamge.
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Bumping this to the top since choptop is back.


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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Aug 15th, 03, 08:13 AM
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Magisnyc, you most likely have a lower control arm problem, as V8 stated, or your frame is tweaked on that side. I don't want to be the bearer of bad news, but if your frame is tweaked you may have to replace it. Before you buy any new wheels or tires I would very carefully inspect your lower a-arms and frame crossmembers for damage. The best way is to get the front end up onto jack stands, high enough so you can slide under the car to look, and remove the front wheels. Be very careful when doing this, place extra emergency supports under the frame (old rims, 4x4's etc.- not cinder blocks!) in case something lets loose or slides off- we don't want you to get injured or worse...

Check out some pics of my car and the wheel positions before I replaced the frame:

http://www.100megsfree.com/choptop/suspension.html

If you search the suspension and brakes forum under my user id (click on my profile for the #) for posts you will find the post (I think it was "Car Leans to Driver Side")that details what I went through trying to fix this problem.

Good luck!

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