I put my SS rims with 275/40s on my 91 FE1 Caprice - Chevy Impala SS Forum
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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-08-2001, 04:13 PM
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I swapped my SS rims with 275/40s onto my Caprice. I've been told that they'd fit just fine. Well, they don't. I had to do quite a bit of work and they still rub on occasion. I pulled the chrome trim from the rear wheelwell. That looks much better [img]smile.gif[/img] But they still won't fit. I rolled the lip in as much as I could. Now they fit (within a half inch or less, and they rub. I've still got the stock suspension. I did have to replace the axle a few years ago and I don't know what this axle came out of. It did have the same small drum brakes on it though. I'm sure the 100k+ miles has worn down the FE1 "soft ride" suspension even more. It only rubs occasionally. But the ride difference is HUGE! These tires follow the road MUCH more than my 215/75 R15s. And the short sidewall and heavy rims feel like steamrollers. I was NOT expecting this! I have GOT to get some better control arms on it and it definitely needs new shocks. I put some others on a few years ago, but sheesh!

I've also noticed that it seems to rub more toward the rear of the fenderwell. So I STRONGLY urge others with the skirted fenders to NOT put the extended control arms on. It would only make things worse. In fact, I'm considering shortening mine. I can imagine a few benefits to this. Slightly better weight distribution (more weight on rear wheels), less arm to flex, more clearance around the rear fender, etc... Might even have to relocated some of the mounting points. hmmmm.....
time to research!


Well, I just wanted other civi skirted-Caprice owners to hear this. If you're got the same or a similar combination as I do, then be careful!
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-08-2001, 04:25 PM
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But I forgot to mention! The SS rims look SWEET on the Caprice! I've gotten SEVERAL compliments in just 1 night [img]smile.gif[/img] I definitely needs to be lowered in the front and I gotta fix that damn rubbing!
post #3 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-08-2001, 08:10 PM
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What's your SS rolling on these days ?
 
post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-09-2001, 03:18 AM
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Cheston, I don't know if you have the FSM but there's a table in there where you can check your ride height, maybe your springs are sagging? Mine have always felt like they are, and I've got the FE1 suspension as well.
I'm thinking that these soft springs might sag after a while (esp. 10 year old cars like ours)

I am sure the rims look great on your car!
Do they cover the brake drums though?
post #5 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-09-2001, 09:37 AM
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I still need to get FSMs for both my cars

I put the 15" black steel rims from my Caprice on the SS. It looks mean that way [img]smile.gif[/img]

I really did this for a trial run while the SS is still down with a bad tranny. I now know what the maximum Front Spacing I would consider going with on the Caprice. The SS rims are 3 1/16" FS so I would think that 3" even would work with properly sized tires. I'd probably go a little less though.

And yes, the SS rims do look good on the Caprice. I haven't even noticed the rear drums. I'll probably strip the rust off them and paint them black or light gray anyway. Same with the front calipers, and I'll do a little something on the next set of rotors I get.
post #6 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-09-2001, 10:29 AM
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I also had a 91' caprice with the skirts...It had eibach springs and 16x8 budniks....fit fine ..later, we put 20x8... First thing that you need to do is take a dremel or any kind of grinder and cut the inside lip off the skirts... once you have that off, take a pipe, maybe like inch or two wide and place it in back of the tire jammed in the wheel well...drive forward really slow jamming the pipe betwwen the tire and skirt...continue until you roll it out as much as you need...when your finished, it will look as though the car came that way!!! now slamm the hell out of it, and watch how many comments you get....It is reaaly easy...just force the pipe in and around...careful with your fingers!!!! good luck....
post #7 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-10-2001, 12:12 AM
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finally got a picture of the Caprice with the SS rims on. Didn't get a close up or any shots from the rear. It was just too dirty back there and needs lots more work.

What do ya think?
post #8 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-10-2001, 02:02 AM
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Looks very nice! Needs to be lowered a bit though, like you said . I went with H&Rs to lower my Roadmaster, and I'm really happy with them. Lately I've been contemplating chopping off the skirts [img].gif[/img]... I'd like to put some big meats on the rear someday, and I know that those skirts are going to get in the way. The tough part in doing this lies in the fact that the rear doors are part of the skirt. I think the Roadmaster sedan and Fleetwood are the only two B-Bodies with this trait.
Where in TX are you, if you don't mind me asking?
post #9 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-10-2001, 05:16 AM
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Looks great Cheston!

Here's the trim height chart:

When I checked the rear end of my car it was right on the mark on one side and almost a full inch lower on the other side , so I think I've discovered why I can't ever get my car to align. So either it's sagging or it's General "They all do that" Motors build quality again

Anyway good luck with the chart! Hope it helps.

post #10 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-10-2001, 09:44 AM
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Sorry to hear you had trouble fitting the wheels to your car, though I am sure it was worth it in the end. I am probably one who made you believe they would fit without modification.

For me, they were simply bolted on. No banging or bending involved, I simply removed the old and added the new.

As for lowering or sag, here are some pics of my '91. People often ask what type of springs/what I did to lower it. This is simply the stance of a worn out city cop suspension. Again NO modification done.



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