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Old 10-21-2010, 11:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Tony@AirRideTech
Lets identify the problem....
You lowered the car and the tires are rubbing....

proposed Solution A, "Stiffer sway bar".... it will help reduce the times it may hit the fender but it is a band aid and will not completely rectify the problem.

proposed Solution B, Changing alignment to gain negative camber. bad idea first off it is an A body which has one of the crapiest handling front suspensions that GM has made. If that car is aligned and camber set properly... when one side of the suspension compresses the car will actually go into positive camber which is one thing that is agrivating the problem. If you put a "taller height" drop spindle... this would have cured that issue and actually put the car into a negative camber gain. If you just used a stock replacment drop spindle which is the same height as your factory spindle you still have the same problem. keep the tires from rubbing and damaging the tires you simply need to get them in the inner fender well. You are going to do that by changing the offset of the wheels. By adding a taller height spindle it will help the handling tremendously and will HELP eliminate this problem... adding a sway bar will also help in the handling aspct .... but in a nut shell... you still need to change the offset of the wheels......
But my original point is he has no idea what the camber is!! How on earth are we to start changing parts when we don't even know what the front end is at right now? We have changed spindles, aftermarket MODIFIED from original design spindles and we have no idea what the camber is!

You are probably right in that the narrower tire, rim and/or a rim with less offset is probably the best way to go. But we don't even know the rims and tires are on the car!


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