air shocks for 70 chevelle - Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board
Hotrodders.com -- Hot Rod Forum



Register FAQ Search Today's Posts Unanswered Posts Auto Escrow Insurance Auto Loans
Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board > Tech Help> Suspension - Brakes - Steering
User Name
Password
lost password?   |   register now

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 02-05-2012, 05:06 PM
cletusvandamme's Avatar
Registered User
 
Last photo:
Join Date: May 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 92
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 10
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
air shocks for 70 chevelle

I currently have airshocks on my 70 chevelle and even when fully inflated the sidewalls of the tires can still rub when I go over a bump. Are there any air shocks that can go higher?

this is fully inflated



want something that can go high:


    Advertisement
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 02-05-2012, 05:37 PM
BOBCRMAN@aol.com's Avatar
Member
 
Last photo:
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Holly, michigan
Posts: 8,083
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 23
Thanked 257 Times in 241 Posts
There are spacers that install on the upper mount that will give you about 2 1/2" more height. But that is not your real problem. Incorrect offset wheels..
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 02-05-2012, 05:48 PM
cletusvandamme's Avatar
Registered User
 
Last photo:
Join Date: May 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 92
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 10
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by BOBCRMAN@aol.com
There are spacers that install on the upper mount that will give you about 2 1/2" more height. But that is not your real problem. Incorrect offset wheels..
how do you mean incorrect offset? they are facing out towards the bottom? The part that rubs is right above the white lettering; the chrome trim and outer fender rub against the sidewall.

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 02-05-2012, 08:00 PM
matts37chev's Avatar
I don't understand?
 

Last journal entry: this is only a test
Last photo:
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Shelton,Wa.
Age: 45
Posts: 2,420
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 5 Times in 4 Posts
wheels need more backspacing (offset is wrong) so they sit farther in the wheel well
its that or get a size narrower tires
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 02-05-2012, 10:22 PM
SSedan64's Avatar
Registered User
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Macon, GA.
Age: 50
Posts: 6,016
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 46 Times in 46 Posts
Your 'Fully Inflated' Pic looks like there's no air in them That's as high as they go? Something's not right, wrong Air Shocks maybe??
Matt is correct about the Rim Offset, you could move the Tire in more.
http://www.1010tires.com/WheelOffsetCalculator.asp
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 02-06-2012, 06:20 AM
matts37chev's Avatar
I don't understand?
 

Last journal entry: this is only a test
Last photo:
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Shelton,Wa.
Age: 45
Posts: 2,420
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 5 Times in 4 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by SSedan64
Your 'Fully Inflated' Pic looks like there's no air in them That's as high as they go? Something's not right, wrong Air Shocks maybe??
good point^^^^
not very high for fully inflated (1st pic)
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 02-06-2012, 07:06 AM
stich626's Avatar
gearheadslife
 

Last journal entry: The TwoTonShu #10
Last photo:
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 372
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
70 chevelles don't need air shocks, the wheel tub is plenty big..

10 rims, on a 5" backspacing, fit..
with mighty wide tires.. no need to use airshocks, that aired up, make the ride suck, and the handling worse..
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 02-06-2012, 08:22 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Indiana
Posts: 9
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Put new coils in the rear. Moog #5419 will do the job. Simple install and the "load" is where the load is designed to be. If your car has any metal fatigue or rust at the upper shock mount area, too much load/lift can put your shocks in the trunk. Your car looks great the way it is, but that's just my opinion. I'd try to get some wheels that tuck inside the wheel wells.



Quote:
Originally Posted by cletusvandamme
I currently have airshocks on my 70 chevelle and even when fully inflated the sidewalls of the tires can still rub when I go over a bump. Are there any air shocks that can go higher?

this is fully inflated



want something that can go high:

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 02-15-2012, 08:23 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 1
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
No!

No guy. I joined this site just to warn you while I was doing a google search.

Your air shocks are worn out if you can't get your rear end off your wheels. Improper backspacing to begin with. If you HAVE to make do on the cheap, stick some air bags in your worn out springs: http://www.summitracing.com/parts/AIR-60233/

Air shocks will punish your 40 year old shock mounts (if they're not busted already).

Good luck!

Edit: You don't want your arse up that high like in the second picture anyway. Handling, weight distribution, wheel hop, unnecessary wear on your trailing arms and front suspension... you want your car to squat and go.

Last edited by 70_Malibu; 02-15-2012 at 08:33 PM.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 02-16-2012, 10:54 AM
ogre's Avatar
the 'Duracell Project'
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Motown
Posts: 1,371
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 92 Times in 85 Posts
my son has a 68 elco, same suspension as your chevelle.
he ran air shocks for load management for a while with marginal results.
when he moved cross country he did the air bags like 70_malibu linked too.
now he can carry the extra load and not bottom his suspension out.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #11 (permalink)  
Old 02-16-2012, 01:18 PM
prostreet6t9's Avatar
Differential/Driveline
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: oregon
Age: 51
Posts: 1,718
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 5
Thanked 40 Times in 37 Posts
Have you trimmed the lip on the inner fender?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #12 (permalink)  
Old 02-16-2012, 05:12 PM
cletusvandamme's Avatar
Registered User
 
Last photo:
Join Date: May 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 92
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 10
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
i fixed it. Having never dealt with airshocks before, I didnt let my compressor build up enough pressure to fully inflate the shocks. I let it build up to 150 psi and it allowed my shocks to go much higher. No more rubbing now.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #13 (permalink)  
Old 02-19-2012, 04:35 AM
Registered User
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: cherry hill NJ
Posts: 304
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 1
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
not sure what kind of springs u have but u can add taller coil springs or add an extra leaf and that will give you more height w/o using air shocks or you can radius your wheel well openings a bit or just get smaller tires ...man this aint the 70's you wanna make your car look cool add some 29x9x15 cheeta slicks u wont need airshocks didnt even know they made airshocks still
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #14 (permalink)  
Old 02-19-2012, 04:42 AM
poncho62's Avatar
Out of the Loop Moderator
 
Last wiki edit: Streetbeasts links
Last journal entry: at car show
Last photo:
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Hanover, Ontario, Canada
Age: 62
Posts: 16,857
Wiki Edits: 5

Thanks: 20
Thanked 246 Times in 200 Posts
Glad you think you have it fixed...We will talk to you when you are having ride and wheel hop problems, if you have enough power to spin the tires
__________________
Ontario Rodders
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Recent Suspension - Brakes - Steering posts with photos

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name (usually not your first and last name), your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
70-72 Chevelle Chevelle dash wiring Problem skeeveman Electrical 18 01-10-2011 07:44 PM
shocks jasrking Suspension - Brakes - Steering 1 09-17-2008 09:21 PM
air shocks rrmike Suspension - Brakes - Steering 1 03-23-2006 12:44 PM
Shocks DoubleVision Suspension - Brakes - Steering 1 11-04-2005 05:43 PM
air shocks dragon wagon Suspension - Brakes - Steering 5 03-11-2004 04:07 AM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:05 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
Copyright Hotrodders.com 1999 - 2012. All Rights Reserved.