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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Mar 12th, 19, 10:12 AM Thread Starter
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Weld Drag Lites

Just tried to put a set of Weld Draglites 15X10X5.5 backspace on a stock rear end suspension 70 Chevelle Malibu and the wheels hit the lower shock support.

Weld said they would fit, but they didn't.

Cleared the wheel well with Mickey Thompson 275X60RX15 Drag Radials just fine, but not the wheels. I have Weld Draglites 4.5 backspace on the car now and they fit. I have seen where others have the 5.5 backspace and they work on a stock rear end 70 Chevelle, but not mine. What I'm I missing?

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old Mar 12th, 19, 11:37 AM
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Re: Weld Drag Lites

I put Weld Prostars on my 68 El Camino. 15x9 with 5.5 BS. I had to grind about 1/8 off of the lower-rear-outboard corners of each shock mount for clearance.
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old Mar 12th, 19, 11:38 AM
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My 71 Malibu has a 69 Chevelle 12 bolt in it and I'm running 15x8 rims with 5.5 BS. I put a 1/4" spacer in only because I saw a slight rub on the lower rear inner fender radius but no problems with the shock mounts.

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old Mar 12th, 19, 11:41 AM
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Oh... and have fun balancing them. It took me weeks to find a shop that had the lug-centric adapter required to properly balance my Prostars because of that ridiculous floating center section. I love the wheels, but not sure Id ever buy this type again just because of the hassle in balancing them.
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I put Weld Prostars on my 68 El Camino. 15x9 with 5.5 BS. I had to grind about 1/8 off of the lower-rear-outboard corners of each shock mount for clearance.
I have the same wheels, no grinding necessary. Seems there's some variation on shock mounting. My 12 bolt is from a '72 wagon.

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76 C20 VortecPro 496 628HP 655 lb/ft TH400 Edge Converter, 4.10 14 bolt
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I have the same wheels, no grinding necessary. Seems there's some variation on shock mounting. My 12 bolt is from a '72 wagon.
And to make it even better.... my right side hit the mount, but not the left. Im running 295-65-15 Mickeys and had to relieve the heck out of the drivers side inner fender for clearance. The passenger side barely touched anything. But my stock rear suspension bushings are shot. I hope to put all new bushings on in the next few months and hopefully tighten things up a bit. These cars are definitely a collection of tolerance stacking.
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True story. Not to mention your body may not be centered on the frame and your rear axle may not be centered either. I have new body mounts, all new adjustable control arms, perfectly centered body and axle and my 275/60s are a very tight fit. There's guys on here that have 315s on stock cars just like mine but there's no way they would fit on mine. Guess they stacked the tolerances on the tight side for mine.
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69 Malibu Stock 307, Reverse Manual TH350, 4,500 Stall Edge Converter, 4.56 Spool 35 Spline 12 Bolt

76 C20 VortecPro 496 628HP 655 lb/ft TH400 Edge Converter, 4.10 14 bolt
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I redrilled the mounting hole for the shock mount about 7/8" higher. Easy fix and allows a little more room to get the tire changed when the car is on jack stands
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old Mar 20th, 19, 12:31 AM
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Re: Weld Drag Lites

my 15x8x5.5''bs draglites
just cleared the wheels
if there was some flat weights stuck to the wheel it would have had hit or contact.
but no issues...

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