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Old 05-03-2012, 11:19 PM
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80 firebird hitting rear tires

This car came with oversized rear tires on it, 275/60R15 actually. Under acceleration and hard cornering the edges of the fender wells hit the tread of the tires. I know the easiest way to prevent this is to get narrower tires, But I dont have the funds for that right now. I was thinking about adding a leaf to each side to raise and help stiffen the suspension. Eventually I would like to get new springs altogether. But for now would this work? Thank you for your responses.

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This car came with oversized rear tires on it, 275/60R15 actually. Under acceleration and hard cornering the edges of the fender wells hit the tread of the tires. I know the easiest way to prevent this is to get narrower tires, But I dont have the funds for that right now. I was thinking about adding a leaf to each side to raise and help stiffen the suspension. Eventually I would like to get new springs altogether. But for now would this work? Thank you for your responses.
theress a couple of ways to do this something as simple as getting a block of alum. or steel, fig out what size you need put that inbetween your axle and you leaf, or run coil springs, or you could replace the whole leaf spring and replace. or you could flare out the wheel well, or change the back spaceing on your rim if you have the room sometimes that works well, good luck
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It's not too hard to roll the inner edges of the fenderwells to gain some clearance, that's what I did on my '81 Camaro.
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This car came with oversized rear tires on it, 275/60R15 actually. Under acceleration and hard cornering the edges of the fender wells hit the tread of the tires. I know the easiest way to prevent this is to get narrower tires, But I dont have the funds for that right now. I was thinking about adding a leaf to each side to raise and help stiffen the suspension. Eventually I would like to get new springs altogether. But for now would this work? Thank you for your responses.
My buddies '79 Bird came with air shocks on it, you could jack that thing up to the moon, plenty of clearance. Just wondering if your's might have them as well to lift that rear. They are not that expensive and easy to install if you want to go that route, but you will not have as good of traction due to lack of weight transfer with the rear sitting higher and the ride being stiffer, hope this helps.
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I might do the roll if the extra leaf doesn't quite get the job done. Thanks for the ideas.
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