Originally Posted by THEHOZ30
I am in the process of restoring my 69' RS Camaro and need some advice on the location of the rear shocks. I would like to go with a 17X9 wheel in the rear with 5.5 inch backspacing and a 275/40 17 tire. Do i have to move my shocks inboard in order to prevent rubbing or will i bee fine. I have already removed 3/4 of and inch from the outer wheel house and quarter panel lip to make room for it, so theoretically i could go with 5 inch backspacing?
Nothing beats a mock up, if you have the wheels to do so.
You might consider a kit such as THIS
There are X-members (kits?) from Competition Engineering and Detroit Speed & Engineering- both w/their own peculiarities.
I hesitate to say this, but if the clearance issue is a very small one, you can use spacers between the wheel and hub- just do not exceed ~5/16" max and be sure there's full engagement of the nut to the wheel stud, else longer studs will be needed.
Then there are the "adaptor"-type spacers that are bolted to the original lugs, then the wheel is mounted to the spacer's lugs. These are strong, but cost nearly as much as relocating the shocks in the first place, but require no fabrication and/or welding to install.
FWIW, if you do relocate the shocks, the shock rate will be slightly increased and their travel decreased from when they were in the stock position.