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I have a '66 el camino that I got about 2 months ago. I know nothing about suspensions. I know it has air shocks in the back, and I've had to fill them up again twice now since I got it. I got new air lines for them but I haven't put them on yet. I'm hoping that will fix my leak. Or maybe they're just bad. I'm actually more worried about the front. and the steering. What should I look for? how do I know whats bad and whats good? (no power steering)

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it also has huge tires on the back. I have to keep the shocks pumped up so the wheel wells are aove the tires otherwise they scrape. should i get smaller wheels?
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Since you are a beginner....and since safety is involved....I recommend that you take it to a good alignment shop and get it checked out by a professional. All of the steering andcomponents and suspension should be checked...ball joints, idler arm, tie rod ends, wheel bearings, etc. etc. If any of that has to be replaced it will have to be re aligned also. If your back tires are that might ought to consider smaller ones.
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Good advice from Henry. On a vehicle particularly with so much "senority", unless it's had the front end rebuilt or has very low mileage on it, it likely needs something.
Also, if your back end needs raised more than an inch or two to clear your tires, you need to find another way to get clearance or get smaller tires/wheels. A different offset wheel might help by tucking them further inside, if you have enough clearance there.
If you only need a little bit of lift, you could install stiffer coils in the rear or spacers under the ones you have.
But having too much difference between the front and rear ride heights throws off your front end geometry, increases front weight bias and plays havoc with your driveline angles.
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Suspension work for a beginner

The best advice you are going to get here today is to, as Henery highrise says, is to have it checked out by a pro. Air shocks were the trick of the day in the early '70's. When they started leaking, some people tried to use that inflate-a-tire stuff that came in a can. Never worked for very long. The next thing or fix was a set of towing rear coils for a 'wagon. That would raise about two inches. In the end most of us went back to some more reasonable tire sizes.

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