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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Aug 31st, 02, 06:42 AM Thread Starter
 
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Instaling my 5-leaf springs on my 69 Camaro when i noticed that the rear spring shackles fit very sloppy and loose when the sholdered bolts are drawn tight. Bushings are new, but there is a 1/4 inch gap in the bushings even when tight. Do 2nd gen camaros use a longer bolt then 69's? I know the bushings are longer. I am wondering if a past owner replaced aftermarket shackels and used the wrong parts. Also, do the shackel flanges face in or out? I thought out, but Classics catalogue shows them facing in. Thanks
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Aug 31st, 02, 09:51 AM
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Did the previous owner use a 2nd gen for parts? The "crown" of the shackle should face out. If that makes sense. You shouldn't have a 1/4" gap. Do yours look like the ones in the book?

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Yes, the shackel plates are correct for a 69, as are the bushings, but they just don't snug up. I put a 1/16 washer between the two bushings and they seemed to just barely snug up enough to keep the bots from rattling. Are the first snd 2nd gen shackel bolts different lengths? How much diff in length? thanks again
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I'll look at mine when I go down to the shop later this evening and throw a tape on them. I've got both. (Hope I don't space it.)

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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old Sep 1st, 02, 06:37 PM
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I just took my spings off a couple days ago so they are laying on the garage floor. The "crown" does face out. Inside to inside between the sahckles is 2 15/16". The shackle bolt is 4 1/4" (top of head to threaded tip). I think I am measuring the right bolt. There are parts all over my garage. Let me know if I can measure anything else.


I forgot to say that I had a 68 with 5 leafs.
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They do list different bushings for mono and multi leaf springs so this may enter in here! pdq67



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Did I space it? YES! I'm going back down in a few. I'll tie a damm string on my finger I guess. I'll blame my wife, she's melting my brain!

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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old Sep 2nd, 02, 06:49 AM Thread Starter
 
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My shackle bolts are 5 1/4 overall length. the inner dimension of the snugged up shackle is 3 3/4 inches Does this sound like a 2nd gen shackle set? When you tighten up a set of factory shackles how much do you compress the bushings? Do they just snug up or is there a lot of compression?
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old Sep 2nd, 02, 07:29 AM
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My shackles were not snugged up to the spring/bushing when I measrued them. If anything the inner width measurement will be smaller than 2 15/16". I would say you not not working with stock parts. I don't have a 2nd gen to measure though.
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Brad How long is the non-threaded shaft of your rear spring shackle bolt? Thanks again
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Exaclty 3" from the top of the head to the beginning of the threads.

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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old Sep 2nd, 02, 01:31 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks much, mine is considerably longer which tells me that I better go on a bolt hunt, and soon.
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