View Full Version : Rear tires rub, What Springs? 1980 Camaro


RSdemon
05-26-2011, 07:22:39 PM
The rear tires are rubbing on my 1980 Sport Coupe, I have 14x8 with 3" backspace, and 245/60. The inner fender lip is rubbing and gouging the tire, does anyone know of a heavy spring that will get the body jacked up, looking to stay pretty close to 205# and was thinking about AFCO but I am a noob when it comes to old chevy's and any input is appreciated.

frankz
05-26-2011, 07:25:32 PM
You can also roll the fender lip or put the correct back space wheels on if you didn't want to change out the springs.

RSdemon
05-26-2011, 07:31:56 PM
I thought about getting another set of rims but the wheel profile looks too aggressive to change. how would I roll the fender lip?? I want to avoid cutting if possible.

m pozzi
05-26-2011, 08:17:56 PM
How bad is the rub? If it's minor but annoying, have a body shop do the fender rolling as it takes special tooling to do it right.

Mary Pozzi

RSdemon
05-26-2011, 08:22:44 PM
It's pretty bad, it's leaving a gouge in the sidewall, I think Springs will help tremendously, considering the car sat in a field for the past 5 years and has been neglected, before I owned it. Thanks though.

Twisted_Metal
05-26-2011, 08:51:42 PM
Do it right the first time...
Fix the suspension (rear springs, shocks) then get a set of wheels which fit properly along with tires which aren't gouged.
It may cost some coin but it's better than losing a cut-down tire in a curve and totalling the car... Or worse!

RSdemon
05-26-2011, 09:02:37 PM
Do it right the first time...
Fix the suspension (rear springs, shocks) then get a set of wheels which fit properly along with tires which aren't gouged.
It may cost some coin but it's better than losing a cut-down tire in a curve and totalling the car... Or worse!

Any input on what springs would raise it up? I have been working on Suspension and now I need springs I have Bilstein HD shocks on the rear and Afco street strip shocks on the front, I need a heavy duty spring in back for additional stereo equipment, and passengers.

ATM
05-26-2011, 09:05:56 PM
You should start with stock replacements then I would imagine. If your springs aren't broken, you can have them re-arched. You could also just go to a spring shop and have them get you some springs.

norwood
05-26-2011, 09:21:25 PM
Get a wheel and tire combination that won't rub is the right answer. Anything else is a bandaid.

DentDude
05-26-2011, 09:32:54 PM
Get a wheel and tire combination that won't rub is the right answer. Anything else is a bandaid.
+1

The Champ
05-27-2011, 07:01:23 AM
A 245/60/14 is only 25.6" tall.

Your sidewalls are already gouged. You need new tires.

With the right wheels and tires - you don't need to lift the rear of your car. Now I'm not saying that you shouldn't replace the rear springs if they are bad - good springs are important!

With a set of 15x7's with the normal 4.25" BS, you could run a 245/60/15 (26.6") or 255/60/15 (27") with no clearance problems at all.

I just think that jacking up the rear end to make an extremely short rear tire fit is going to look funny.