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Old 05-05-2013, 07:00 AM
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Steering/suspension trouble

Last fall I posted I was haveing a problem with the top of the fender opening draging on my tires durring turns. Also the car has Verry twichy steering.

The car is a '48 Plymouth business coupe with a 1969 Camaro front clip welded to the Plymouth frame. I have installed Camaro Big block springs. to no avail.

I screwed spring spredding knuckles in each front spring this lifted the fenders enough so they do not ware on the fenders durring turns. they did nothing for the twichy steering. (This fix is too half-***** even for me)

Big Mike, from "Ridetech", posted me last fall as I put the Plymouth up for winter. He asked if the lower control arms were levle with a flat floor not jacked up. They nearly perficaly level with the floor.

All of my other cars the side by the frame is higher than the side by the tire. Help please Henry
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Twitchy steering is almost always castor. Needs to be 1 - 2 positive for manual and 3 - 5 for power. Fix the tire/fender contact problem by changing to a wheel with more backspacing. Check for clearance around the a-arms and tie-rod ends first. Maybe find someone with a wheel/tire you can borrow for a test fit.

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Sounds like the clip may have been installed wrong.. Sounds like the castor is off.. I set all mine around 5*..
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Thanks to both replys

Thanks to you both Good Information. after I saw your replys I found a good front end guy he said the same. Now I start a Quest for wheels.

Henry
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Twitchy steering is almost always castor. Needs to be 1 - 2 positive for manual and 3 - 5 for power. Fix the tire/fender contact problem by changing to a wheel with more backspacing. Check for clearance around the a-arms and tie-rod ends first. Maybe find someone with a wheel/tire you can borrow for a test fit.

Russ
Exactly... well said....

Tires rubbing fenders is a wheel fitment issue, not a car issue contrary to popular belief. Also you need to get your alignment corrected for your correct ride height. I would wait for the alignment until after you get the correct front wheels and eliminate your spring spacers to bring the front end back down. Then have it aligned
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correct wheel

Thanks, I am now looking, Henry
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