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Old 11-22-2017, 09:23 AM   #1
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Extreme Suspension to Less Extreme

I currently have a set of Pedders Super Car coilovers on my 2010 SS Camaro. I love them and when I used to track the car they were great, however as the Family grows and I have less time to drive the car and even less time to track the car I would like to down grade to something that is much smoother for a daily driving but still offers the ability to tighten it up If I ever get a chance to hit the track again.

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Old 11-24-2017, 04:04 PM   #2
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Can't you just soften the setting on the Coilovers? With the BC's I ran when I felt like I would just turn them down....
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Old 11-27-2017, 12:18 AM   #3
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You may have to change to a lower spring rate spring, if available. You can simply lower the damping settings on the existing coilover shocks, but the acceptable damping range is limited by the spring rate. Higher spring rate requires higher damping to control.
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Old 01-03-2018, 07:22 PM   #4
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Late to the party but I have had same ride issue for as long as I have had these. Four years and no really good setting. Partly due to rear spring/ perch setup as a compromise. The other I feel is the overly stiff ftont springsthat set up a bad rhythm over bumps. They are fine on normal roads and some washboard areas and well controlled, just to stiff and or bouncy regardless of settings. Pedders engineer didn’t think softer front and slightly softer rear would help ride, which I find odd. The Rep thought that was odd also. Valving may not be well tailored then. Who knows. Had enough of trying to find a decent ride, and autocross handling wasn’t bad.
Upshot is I am dumping them and got Ridetechs.
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Old 01-07-2018, 01:14 AM   #5
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These guys are pretty much correct. The spring rate primarily determines ride quality, and there is very a narrow range of shock/strut valve settings that works well for a given spring rate. A lot of people (mainly import nuts) and companies claim that reducing your rebound dampening will make the car ride softer which is a crock. It makes the car bounce and ride much worse, while being exactly as harsh on compression as it always was.


Here's a similar story nobody wants to read. My father built his 1992 5.0 Mustang with full maximum motorsports suspension and coilovers, then felt the suspension was too stiff. I rode in it, told him what to do (10-20% softer springs), and he ignored me and had his bilsteins revalved (too soft.) The car was then much harsher to drive and felt like shit. So to save money, he went with my recommended spring rates and did not re-revalve the shocks (not cost effective, he may as well buy a new set...). His car now rides a bit better than before, but is not faster around the corners than when he first built it, and it slightly lacks damping control and really needs the original bilstein spec valving. Sometimes you just need softer springs...



I'd recommend going to a softer spring on your current coilovers, or even to a softer spring and strut setup with appropriately matched damping such as stock springs and bilstein struts. Maybe even 1LE setup? But there is no way to actually change your ride without either changing springs, or having a setup with adjustable preload (not the same as ride height).

Another method to take the harsh out of the ride could be different tires with a softer sidewall? We have limited options in our size range, but that is another variable to work with.
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Old 01-07-2018, 10:27 AM   #6
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I agree completely with TWOFORTYZ, a change in spring rate is a good idea. I made a lot of spring changes to my last daily driver over the years, as it went from weekend track car to autocross car to 100 mile/day commuter. I kept the same coilovers and dialed them up and down a bit while changing the spring rates about 10% at a time - I always found a good setting for what I needed.
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Old 01-08-2018, 01:15 AM   #7
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I installed the ridetechs. Much better on ride. Set on their softest setting it is good around town, almost to soft and some front end float. Will dial them up some. No more teeter totter on concaved concrete sections. 300/550 spring rates and better valving did it. And yes you could tell the main culprit was the 450 lb front springs. Autocross this weekend to see how she does
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