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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Jul 11th, 18, 07:51 AM Thread Starter
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Front tire rub 67 Camero

I just restored my 67 Camero. I installed disc brakes with 2” drop spindles and installed 225/50/17 tires. Now tires rubbing outside wheel well when hit bumps. Anyone experienced and how fixed?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Jul 11th, 18, 08:09 AM
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Re: Front tire rub 67 Camero

First off go back to the regular spindles and either cut a coil out of the stock springs or get lowering springs. Drop spindles always screw up your suspension geometry on these cars despite what the manufacturers tell you. I fought mine for a full year before giving up and going back to stock spindles with cut springs. Just do one coil at a time and drive it for a bit before cutting another. One will likely get you the ride height you want.

Secondly: it's likely rubbing on the bolt heads just inside your fender (feel around and you'll find them). I, and others, installed button head bolts and if the rub is slight it'll likely go away with that fix.

I don't recall the thread or bolt length but that should be easy to figure out if you remove one of the existing bolts.
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not to be a smart ***, but when you lower and put bigger tires on what did you expect
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Get an alignment. Target -.5 to -.75 deg of camber and 3 to 5 deg caster. Will make a big difference. Do not use factory alignment specs, you need negative camber, not positive....

Bolt thread is 5/16-18. You can find buttonhead bolts on eBay.

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If you changed from drum brakes to disc, that moves your wheel outward.

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Re: Front tire rub 67 Camero

Also, Your 225/50-17 tire is very similar in diameter to my 215/65-15 (other than 0.4" wider) which seem to be working fine in what little driving I've done thus far. I also have disc brakes. This may be obvious, but I'll type it anyway, likely the wheel offset or back spacing is placing the tire to far outward. Just another variable to consider.

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Also, Your 225/50-17 tire is very similar in diameter to my 215/65-15 (other than 0.4" wider) which seem to be working fine in what little driving I've done thus far. I also have disc brakes. This may be obvious, but I'll type it anyway, likely the wheel offset or back spacing is placing the tire to far outward. Just another variable to consider.
Agree. I bet your wheels are 8" wide with the 225 tire so backspace should be 4.5" to 4.75".

7" wheels should be 4" to 4.25" backspace
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I just installed Budnik 17 x 8 on my 67 which is lowered a couple of inches. They have 4 7/8 backspace with 235 45 tires. I tried 245 but like the 235 better as I also did the guilstrand upper control arm relocation which moves tire back towards inner fender. No tire rub with either tire. Went with 17 x 9 inch in rear with 275 40
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Do we put ne members / probationers on any sort of double secret probation for spelling Camaro with an "e"?
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