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Old 11-22-2010, 10:49 PM
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I have a 1939 Chevy Coupe that was built before I got it. I know next to nothing about the build. My problem is that it sits about 1-2 inches too low. It drives great down the road, but going over speed bumps is scary, and turning sharp corners is impossible! The problem is the rims have the wrong offset, making them sit to close to the fenders, but they are expensive rims (Foose), and I really don't want to spend $600 on rims if that won't help. I did buy taller tires, but that made it worse, because the tires rub the inside of the fender sooner into a turn. (the tires needed to be replaced anyway)
I am wondering if adjustable coil over shocks would raise it enough (already has stock spindles), or do I have to go with air ride and spend about $2k to get a complete adjustable air ride/air bag set up? Or possibly just get taller/stiffer springs.

The car dives great down the road, and sits great, just that turning thing seems to be the problem.
Any advice would be appreciated, especially if you have any experience with the adjustable shocks.

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Before spending a great deal of money try some spring shims..they are like a large washer that you place on top of the existing spring..a lot of times I have found that is all it takes is a 1/4 or 3/8 shim at the spring to get just enough lift at the wheel to get the clearance you need..if you do have adjustable coil overs then cranking up the adustment a couple of turns may do it also..

I have tried most all of it and now do what is known to work..
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