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Hi, I just got the 76 Auto in a few days ago and have been furiously working on it..I bought it from a used car place in Phoenix. Nothing against used car places, but this one was not as described..overall, it's alright but just some issues that were expected in a way. One of them is a leaning (driver side) rear. I installed new HD Bilstens..no real change in the lean, but a better ride. Then I swapped with my 73tii's rear springs..that helped some. BTW, the tii springs were shorter but of a heavier gauge wire. They fit perfect in the 76..but not vice versa, the tii is jacked up by 1-2 in. Now, the 76 still seems to have more neg. camber than the passenger side, even though to my eye..the ride height seems even..well maybe not. Ant suggestions? Thanks!!!

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its hard to judge at the moment as i have the engine out... but it has always bugged me even before donk came out..

i have brand new springs and bilstein hds.... didnt seem to help it too much.

what other factors contribute to rake?

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I had exactly the same problem when going to gas-filled shocks and shorter stiffer springs. One side (drivers) had problems. The tyre outer wall rubbed the inner fender/wing lip on cornering. The other side was fine. PLUS the camber was HUGE when viewing the car from the rear.

I ended up replacing the upper and lower spring pads on the rear.

UPPER Pads

The standard UPPER pads are “TWO Dot” and are 33mm in height. Check them out – it they look iffy/worm – pull em and replace them. Maybe the difference in driver/pass sides is due to one being shot – the other fine.

There are three UPPER pad heights:

One dot, two dot, three dot – each being progressively taller (the three dot are 37mm in height I think).

LOWER pads

The lower spring pads (I think) only come in one size/height. They have a small cut in them to ‘hold” the spring in place. I found my lower pads were really beat up – and replacing them alone was a big difference. It seems the lower pads do wear a lot more than the uppers. This MAY be the issue with your stance being off.

MY CASE

As other posts have alluded – you can pull the aluminium spacers from the front struts and put them above the upper pads. I did this – going from 2dots, to one dots with the spacer. This made all the difference in ride height, and with the new lower pads the car is now level – and the slight increase in ride height also dialed out a large amount of camber

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Hey Thanks!! that one is dead on...I was so baffled, I forgot the rubber spring doughnuts..Your info is the top shit and I will look for some 2 dot upper and a pair of lower pads. Now I gotta swap them back to the tii after I get the new pads....Thanks!!!

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