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05-19-2011 07:57 PM
1badLemans Yes I saw those lifting springs but they don't have them for MY year 71'. Thanx Elco and Altec.
05-15-2011 08:27 PM
eloc431962 These guy's should have what you need to lift it up properly. http://www.sdtrucksprings.com/leaf-s...s/chevy/camaro .


Cole
05-15-2011 06:21 PM
cobalt327
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Originally Posted by poncho62
Chances are the leaf springs are old and sagging....New springs will bring it back to proper height.....If not, add one leaf.....That's not expensive....and its not rocket science.....
Good advice, IMO. And if the rear end isn't high enough w/that- the wheels and/or tires are just plain wrong for the application.
05-15-2011 06:18 PM
cobalt327
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Originally Posted by 1badLemans
Bye the way, Cobalt please explain why shackles would be ideal??? And no, tires or wheels don't stick out at all. The guy just wanted as much tire contact as he could being that this car was going to be built as a street/strip car.
I said they would NOT be ideal, and the reason is because jacking the a-- end up in the air changes the camber of the front end along w/doing nothing good for traction, handling or even braking/safety.

But if you've taken this and the other downsides into consideration and you still want to use them- go for it. Just don't make it sound like it's the correct way to set up a rear suspension for best all around traction and handling. The ONLY thing long shackles on an otherwise stock vehicle has going for them is they are cheap and any hack can usually install them, if they can borrow a big enough piece of pipe to put over the end of their crescent wrench to break the nuts loose.
05-15-2011 06:12 PM
poncho62 Chances are the leaf springs are old and sagging....New springs will bring it back to proper height.....If not, add one leaf.....That's not expensive....and its not rocket science.....
05-15-2011 05:41 PM
Altec For your use, the shackles are fine.

I can't find a lift spring for a 1971 Camaro... So you would either have to have yours re arched which give you a crappy shackle angle, and will ride like a dump truck. Or you can get a custom set made, and deal with the sore rear end when they bend you over, and still have ride that isn't ideal...
05-15-2011 04:14 PM
1badLemans Bye the way, Cobalt please explain why shackles would be ideal??? And no, tires or wheels don't stick out at all. The guy just wanted as much tire contact as he could being that this car was going to be built as a street/strip car.
05-15-2011 03:51 PM
1badLemans Car kinda looks like a challenger T/A exhaust which I personally don't find cheesy at all Cobalt. Tires are fine and don't rub at all like I said until I maybe have people in the back seat. I will try to post pics as soon as I can, but shackles and shock extenders seem like a good route.
05-15-2011 09:21 AM
eloc431962
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Originally Posted by poncho62
New springs.................
Yep that too......


Cole
05-15-2011 07:40 AM
poncho62 New springs.................
05-15-2011 07:12 AM
eloc431962 X2 you need the correct fitting parts if you want it to ever sit right JMO
Post a pic of what you have going on now with it would be nice.




Cole
05-15-2011 12:00 AM
cobalt327 For the scraping exhaust, reroute it and tuck it up under the car properly. Nothing looks cheesier than the exhaust/mufflers hanging below the car- well, except air bags that jack the tail end up to clear too wide/wrong offset and/or backspaced wheels that extend out past the rear quarters. If the wheels don't hang out, a slightly longer shackle can give you some clearance, but isn't the ideal solution.

If the tires are scraping on the inner fender lip. the lip can be rolled back to give some extra clearance. If the scraping is on the inner side of the wheel, scraping can be reduced using thin spacers- but they have to be thin, as in 3/8". If this isn't enough, the wheels should be swapped for the correct size.
05-14-2011 10:39 PM
Pantaz If you want to keep the existing ride height, you can install air-bag "load helpers" with on-board compressor (the compressor is really small). Just pump the suspension up temporarily to get in your driveway, or over speed bumps.
05-14-2011 10:20 PM
Altec Best thing you can do is lift the back of the car up with a floor jack (Not from the axle...) enough to get the weight off and unbolt the shackles. Then jack the car up to the desired height. Slide jack stands under the car, and crawl under and measure the pinion angle, and measure the transmission while you are at it. You can figure out if you are within spec from there. If not, shims will do for your purposes.

Next I would pick up some flat bar stock and cut it into 4 equal length pieces, and drill a bunch of holes every 1", or so. These will act as test shackles so you can figure out how long of a shackles you need for the desired height. From there you can either buy, or make a set for the desired length/hole spacing.
05-14-2011 10:12 PM
oldschool hero Longer shackles and shock extenders.
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