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Old 02-08-2005, 09:30 PM
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Raising a 79 camaro in the rear

I have a 79 camaro that im trying to make a car out of. I personally like the look of a car that sets up a little higher in the back. THe car has air shocks on it at the moment, And they are all the way up. Is there any other way i can lift the rear a little more, (no more than 2 inches), and so i can release some of the pressure in the shocks. What all would be involved in doing this, would i need shock extentions, or new shocks? what kind of leave springs do i need? how will this affect my pinion angle. Im just trying to get a more aggressive look out of the car. THanks for any help
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JC Whitney high lift springs, or have your stock spings rearched by a spring shop. Get rid of the air shocks IMO. Your pinion angle can be adjusted with wedges if needed. Bob
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With the rear jacked up it will look like you just slammed the brakes on. You will also lose some stability when you raise the center of gravity. Al tho you should get better gas mileage, as you will always be going downhill.

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lifting rear

Lifting the rear of the car is not wise. If you want bigger tires, then Tub.

You are going to change the suspension, radial tuning, and center of gravity. Are there any corners where you live? All the stuff the manufacturer spent years developing, you will wipe out in a wrench turn. Plus, adding the extra angle and weight will cause the front end to wear out faster. Not to mention the resale value, not!
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Like i mentioned before, the car is mostly going to be a drag/street car. Im not wanting to lift it that much, just a little, so i can take some load off the shocks or something. But what i was wondering, if i did lift at a little, would i need to get shock extenders, or just buy new shocks the right length. besides i like the look of the car a little higher in the rear, i know it can change the geometry of the car, and you can get more body roll and such. I dont really want to spend the money to tub it. I just think they look more aggressive if the rear is a little higher. I just want to raise it an inch or two at the most anyway. thanks again for suggestions.
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drag racing suspension

Drag racing is about hook. Taller tires will give more mph and less ET. You will actually lose time. If you are running out of rpm at the end of the track. Go to a taller tire.

Tire width on a street tire is a disadvantage but an advantage on slicks. People with 4x4s go to wider tires to get less weight per square inch. So they don't sink in the mud. Less weight per square inch on street tires causes the car to lose traction.

To get hook buy a set of SSM lift bars. This doesn't raise the vehicle but changes the instant center giving you more traction and less chance of wheel hop on street tires. Slicks don't hop. Then buy a set of 50/50 drag shocks.
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If it's anything like all the camaro's I have had the leaf springs are shot, usually they don't last 10 years. If you have 14 inch tires and you can't see the top of the tire the springs are worn. I had air shocks and new springs on one and only had them about half inflated and ran 15 inch 10 inch wide tires and they didn't rub.
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