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Old 05-26-2011, 08:32 AM   #1
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Rear end off centre

Ive had my 88 two years, only 33,00 miles on odometre but rear end has always been off centre and right rear lower than left. For instance standard 17" rims with 275 tyres and left rear tyre is flush with top of wheel arch where as right rear wheel is about 1 inch inside arch and as I said this side is lower. (Due to this- causing alignment problem)
My first thought was composite spring failing but still handles very well. Maybe previous own slid it into a curb?
I've had it up on a hoist but can't see anything bent or worn out.
Any ideas of what to look for ? What are the main body mounts to rear end and could they be moved/damaged?
Thanks in advance
Les - from Western Australia
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Old 05-26-2011, 03:37 PM   #2
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I have the same problem, noticed it after I had bought the car. I went everywhere, different body shops, corvette shops, measured rim width and offset, etc, etc no one could give me an answer, finally I rebuilt the suspension with all poly bushings, new shocks, etc and not luck, the problem is still there. I have read about a cpl of others with the same issue and I guess its not unheard of but no one seems to have a fix. You could get a spacer for the one side, thats what I might end up doing.
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Old 05-26-2011, 03:47 PM   #3
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If you use a tape measure and measure everything opposed to the frame, it would give you a good idea of what is off. Measure both sides and whatever is different is a good suspect. Ex. the back of a tyre to the frame, on each side, or the fender to the frame. Measuring each link in the suspension for differences in length too, especially adjustable ones. This assumes that the frame itself is still straight. It's also best to measure on flat level ground. Emphasis on the flat.

This is how me and my dad repaired my wrecked truck years ago, measuring a known good side, and making the other side match.

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WD40 was first made in 1953, named for being the Water Displacement formula, perfected on the 40th try. Does the year sound familliar?
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