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Old 01-01-2004, 08:24 PM
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hey guys, I have a little issue with my 68 Camaro that I've been trying to figure out for a while. My problem is that the car sits about 1/2" higher on the right side, both front and rear. The suspension parts are all new, made by reputable companies. The one thing that I do need to replace are the body bushings, mainly the ones at the rear of the front subframe. They are almost non-existant. I was thinking that if the passenger side bushing is in better shape, it could be contributing to the car sitting higher on that side. Also, the car has been in at least one accident in it's life. The rear frame rails have been pulled and welded, and I know the front subframe is out of whack. when I aligned it a few monthes ago it was pretty obvious. But the car handles well, drives great, and I was able to align it properly. If anyone has ideas/suggestions I'd be happy to hear them. thanks

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Old 01-02-2004, 01:21 AM
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Quit letting fat guys drive your car. Either that or lay off the pasta.

I have actually seen cars where the driver's weight change the vehicle stance.
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many cars do sag with age
i have noticed range rovers they have four coil suspension
are incredibly lopsided
you may try swapping the coils side to side and some imports have a rubber pad about a have inch thick between the coil and the body one of these on top of your coils may be a tonic
please be careful when removing coil springs they can bite hard
if your unsure get a pro to help
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1/2 in is nothing to wrry about. I'm sure you can't even notice it. If you can, you have a much better eye than most of us. If everything looks normal, don't worry aqbout it.
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I had one like that once the car was twisted. The guy didn't want to spend the money to fix it . (frame machine) So I put a set of frame connectors in it, cut about a quarter of a coil of to level it out sent him on his way. It's not the way I would have done it if it was mine. Go to a shop and get it checked out.
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Like Lou suggested, I would take it to a reputable body or frame shop and have it checked. If possible take it to a shop that can measure it and provide you with a print-out showing the specs. If it is out of specs as far as the frame measurements are concerned, they should be able to give you a price on fixing it at that time. I would avoid any place that says that they can fix it for a set price, before the check and measure it, because they can't really know for sure what is wrong before hand.
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As stated above have the frame checked .
Another thing that could poss. be holding up that side is, You say it has new suspension parts correct, did you install them your self? The reason I ask is some times people tighten the control arm bolts while the car is in the air and will put a bind on the bushings when the car is set back down. Causing a high front end or lopsided car. To check for this loosen the control arm bolts bounce the car a couple of times and then tighten them back up.
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It's a 1/2 inch, people.

I bet if you measured every car that we all own, 1/2 inch would be about normal.
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thanks, guys. I have been thinking of taking it to a chassis shop for a while. The coil and leaf springs on the car are hotchkis peices, and are about a year and a half old. I did install them my self, and I did torque the control arms & shackles on ground level. I know 1/2" isn't a lot, but my car is low, and I run some pretty large tires (I guess you could call it the pro-touring thing). I also like to drive the car hard. My left rear tire will rub occasiony on big bumps or hard corners. I'm running 285/40/17's on a 9.5" wheel. The right side never rubs because of that 1/2". The easiest fix would be to raise the back end with a smaller lowering block, but then the right side will be sitting higher than I want. This is what frustrates me. I don't want to just do a band-aid fix, so I guess the chassis shop is my best bet.
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You did not say if you were measuring at the frame members or the body. If you are measuring at the body, the bushings may be contributing to the difference. The fact that the left tire rubs, may be from there being not enough clearance, period. A car regularly goes down the road with no one on the passenger's side. They USUALLY have someone on the driver's side. If your tire bottoms out, you may want to rethink your tire situation, as 1/2" should not cause that. You should have more clearance than that.

As for what Poncho said. I went out and measured 2 vehicles in my driveway. My 1995 Ranger PU has 3/4" difference from one side to the other. The passenger side is lower. Some of that may be from the lousey driveway, as there is usually a small puddle I have to step in to get in. My wife's 2003 Ford Escape is the same measurement on both sides.
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old fashioned fix

flare those gaurds thatl fix the rubbing not great big ugly flares maybe you could lip the guards. a little letter to Dr Chop
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