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Old 07-04-2011, 10:08 AM
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Hey Everyone, Got A Slight Problem I Had A Local Shop Weld In A 1978 Camaro Clip Onto My Shoebox. The Car Is Bagged Went With Off Set Rims The Tire Clears The Wheel Well Lip. Whats The Best Way To Get More Clearance. (shorter Control Arms Has Anyone Used Them If So From Who. Also I Heard That You Can Pick Up Some Room By Replacing The Disk Brakes With Drum Brakes. My Last Choice Would Be A Different Clip ) Any Help Will Be Greatly Appreciated. I Think I Posted A Picture. Sorry Newbe
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One of the things you can do is to body work the lip so it is flat and that may gain you enough to make it work..In the old days we used a baseball bat and rolled it around to flare the fenders a bit to help the clearance just to give you the idea.

for shorter control arms try speedway motors but you will need to get both upper and lower arms and hope that you still have shock and spring clearance..

good luck

I have tried most all of it and now do what is known to work..
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FatMan sells a shorter control arm kit too.

This is one of the many reasons I preach against the use of these Camaro clips and the "Frame swaps" that are so popular today. Most earlier cars are simply too narrow for these frames and clips.

The 80ish Buick Regal, Malibu style frame is very simplar to the Camaro but is about an inch and a half narrower. I still think it is largely a waste as a good Mustang II kit is the best way to go.

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I personally dont like going to a shorter control arm because it will change the front suspension geometry. The second issue you are going to run into when you narrow it up is going to be the airbag. If you are still planning on using that large single piston GM caliper you are going to turn it right into the airbag... not to mention you will loose even more turning radius by turning into your outboard mounted shock.... If it were me, I would exchange those wheels for ones that have a deeper backspace. In the end, probably the cheapest and easiest solution.
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