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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old Apr 22nd, 19, 7:56 AM Thread Starter
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70 chevelle leaning right side

I've read many posts from people who's chevelles lean on the drivers side, but mine leans on the passenger side. A lot. See pics below. I've replaced the front suspension and the rear shocks. Might as well do the springs, but it has been like this since i got the car in 2006 when the springs and rear were recently done. It had air shocks, though, so it was less pronounced when full of air. Replaced the air shocks because they leaked. If relevant, the rear appears to be from a '65 GTO, casting #9779822.
Any recommendations? For the low cost, it's worth replacing the rear springs, but I feel like I'll probably still have the lean. Nothing else has worked. Additionally, it wears out the right front tire on the outer edge.


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Re: 70 chevelle leaning right side

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I've read many posts from people who's chevelles lean on the drivers side, but mine leans on the passenger side. A lot. See pics below. I've replaced the front suspension and the rear shocks. Might as well do the springs, but it has been like this since i got the car in 2006 when the springs and rear were recently done. It had air shocks, though, so it was less pronounced when full of air. Replaced the air shocks because they leaked. If relevant, the rear appears to be from a '65 GTO, casting #9779822.
Any recommendations? For the low cost, it's worth replacing the rear springs, but I feel like I'll probably still have the lean. Nothing else has worked. Additionally, it wears out the right front tire on the outer edge.


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Mine leans to the right as well, so I figure when my large self gets in, it levels out a bit. I plan on swapping rear springs side to side to see if it changes anything. Assuming I don't see something wrong with them after I pull them. If nothing happens, then maybe I'll look at fronts.

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Mine leans to the right as well, so I figure when my large self gets in, it levels out a bit. I plan on swapping rear springs side to side to see if it changes anything. Assuming I don't see something wrong with them after I pull them. If nothing happens, then maybe I'll look at fronts.
I like that idea. I should try that before buying new ones.
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Re: 70 chevelle leaning right side

i"d look to be sure the springs are clocked correctly in the perch before buying anything.
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Re: 70 chevelle leaning right side

swap the springs is what i would do Too
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Re: 70 chevelle leaning right side

I agree with Don: that situation is possibly a lot more then just a little wrong. Get under there and check out the springs -- both sides.
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post #8 of 20 (permalink) Old Apr 23rd, 19, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
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Re: 70 chevelle leaning right side

Swapped them last night. The problem didn't switch sides, but improved. Probably 1.5 inch difference now, as opposed to 4+.
But the springs looked pretty much the same when off the car.
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Re: 70 chevelle leaning right side

My 72 was leaning real bad to the right as well . I just replace the rear shocks and springs and added a sway bar and it really helped with the lean even on the front . Now it just leans a little in the front on the right I'm hopeful that when I redo the front suspension it we be cured .

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Re: 70 chevelle leaning right side

Also am I wrong in thinking that when on the gas the car transfers weight to the right rear the most ?

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Re: 70 chevelle leaning right side

That would be my assumption. Good luck on the front.
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Re: 70 chevelle leaning right side

I had a hard lean on the Drivers Side on my 1966 Chevelle.
Prior to replacing the rear springs, previous owner had spacers on one spring and clamps on the other.
When I installed the new springs is when I discovered the "Lean".
Instead of putting clamps and spacers on the new springs I opted to go with adjustable coil overs instead.
I have heard some Chevelle owners mention that some Chevelle's lean may be due to the fact that the spring perches may have been welded to the axle housing incorrectly from the factory.
Although the coil overs do not utilize the spring perches, I still needed to adjust the drivers side way more than the passenger side, so who knows...
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Re: 70 chevelle leaning right side

Seems like it's just one of those things that doesn't have an across the board solution, but just need to find the necessary adjustments, case by case. I thought about coil overs, but felt my springs were fine. I believed the air shocks to be the issue, knowing they leaked. But I think I can deal with the 1.5 inch lean. It's a lot better than it was.
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Re: 70 chevelle leaning right side

Weak front drivers side could be the culprit, have someone lift up drivers side front bumper while you stand in the back and watch. (you could do this with one hand only) Look at the rear of the car, not just the passenger side.

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post #15 of 20 (permalink) Old Apr 24th, 19, 5:37 AM
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Re: 70 chevelle leaning right side

Mate's 67 GTO leaned on one side. Swapped springs, shocks etc, no difference. He fitted a spacer under one of the springs to fix the problem. Most likely cause was a twisted frame from previous collision damage.
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