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Rear Fender Clearance

Discussion in 'Modified Alpine' started by thill35803, Dec 20, 2020.

  1. thill35803

    thill35803 Donation Time

    Hi Folks,

    I have been doing some work on my SV Alpine as of late.

    I had the rear end rebuilt to include a Gripper LSD and new leaf spring from Dale Akuszewski. I removed the next to the last leaf in accordance with his instructions. I didn't do any ride height measurements but I am pretty sure this new setup has lowered the rear slightly.

    The car has 13x6 Minilites with 175/70/13 tires.

    I am now getting some tire to rear fender rubbing on the right side when going over bumps. I used a flat strip of aluminum held against the tire to gauge where the tire might hit the fender lip and I found a difference from left side to right. It appears the rear end is shifted to the right side about 7/8 of an inch! The fender lips appear factory and I don't think the car has ever been hit

    I loosened up the u-bolts and verified the rear end was properly seated on the pins in the springs.

    I am not certain aligning the rear end based on the fender lips is a good approach. So . . .

    1. Has anyone noticed this apparent misalignment before?
    2. Whats the best way to establish the center line of the car?
    3. Is there a process to align the rear end?

    Thanks in Advance,

    Tom Hill
  2. Bill Blue

    Bill Blue Platinum Level Sponsor

    Do all four wheels have the same offset?
  3. thill35803

    thill35803 Donation Time

    Pretty sure they are but I will measure to be certain.
  4. hartmandm

    hartmandm Moderator Platinum Level Sponsor

    Hi Tom,

    Sent you a PM with a frame dimensions document I have.

  5. thill35803

    thill35803 Donation Time

    Thanks Mike. That will be a big help.

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