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Old 04-21-2010, 11:54 AM   #1
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Who is lowered and smashed your front spoiler?

I'm about to lower my car with some drop springs and I'm a little worried about pulling up to a curb or parking stop and smashing my front spoiler (no GFX kit).

I'm curious if anyone has already done that?

I know when I've pulled into some parking spaces my spoiler clears but not sure if it was 1"-1.25" lower that it would.
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Old 04-21-2010, 12:02 PM   #2
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Whenever I lower a car I make sure I know when to stop when parking so that the bumper doesn't reach the parking stop. Some are higher than others
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Old 04-21-2010, 12:08 PM   #3
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you just gotta be cautious of how far you pull up.

if your worried, just back in. there rear bumper has more ground clearance than the front.

even when mine was stock ride height i always backed in, b/c of this.
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Old 04-21-2010, 12:13 PM   #4
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There is always a curb stone ready to take off your front fascia body work, always. Drive your lowered Camaro like a Corvette or any other factory low car. Know when to stop. Take driveway ramps at an angle, especially when you see gouges in the pavement from big truck dragging frame. These are famous last words, I have been driving lowered cars for years and never smashed my front spoiler, well there have been a few tiny scratches LOL
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Old 04-21-2010, 12:15 PM   #5
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I've owned IROC-Z's so I'm very cautious
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Old 04-21-2010, 12:26 PM   #6
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Always park in New Car parking area (furthest away from stores where no one else parks) and always stop short. (do not park by ear).
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Old 04-21-2010, 12:27 PM   #7
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Haven't "smashed" anything. Scraped the airdam (black piece) once or twice pulling into my driveway. Not too concerned about that.
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Old 04-21-2010, 03:54 PM   #8
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So....so far no one has smashed thier spoiler? I'm hoping that I get that lucky. On my Supra I had lowered I smashed it at least 3 or 4 times.
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Old 04-21-2010, 06:21 PM   #9
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Since lowering I'm just extra cautious. Usually I end up with like a foot between my car and the curb but better safe than sorry.
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Old 04-21-2010, 06:29 PM   #10
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I dropped mine and I have the GFX kit on it and have no problems. I have the Hotchkis TVS system on my car. I love this system handles better and the ride is alittle smoother then stock.
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Old 04-21-2010, 06:34 PM   #11
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My wife did some curb rash on the nose, but that was before GM payed to repaint my bumper so it's gone now
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Old 04-21-2010, 07:27 PM   #12
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I did a good scrape with the GFX on a dip. You will loose some ground clearance with long tube headers too. Really have to watch for those mega-speed bumps too.
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Old 04-21-2010, 08:09 PM   #13
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Old 04-21-2010, 08:11 PM   #14
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I did a good scrape with the GFX on a dip. You will loose some ground clearance with long tube headers too. Really have to watch for those mega-speed bumps too.
Longtube headers are wear items just like tires and brakes
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Old 04-22-2010, 09:16 AM   #16
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Here I posted this question and someone just posted this thread. This is exactly what I'm scared of. My wife drives the car as much as me and I know at first she'll be carefull but in a year from now either one of us might let our guard down.

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=78978


I'm starting to get cold feet. I might put off lowering the car for now. I was going to look at putting them on tonight but not sure now. When I'm not looking at the car I get scared of stuff like this but every time I see the car I'm like "damn...that fender well gap needs to go".
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Old 04-22-2010, 09:55 AM   #17
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Once your car is lowered, you have to stop well in front of curbs. Even at factory height there are curbs that will do the same thing. A lowered car doesn't use curb stones when parking. With a lowered car you stop well before them. My wife drives ALL my lowered cars. She does say she is nervous when she drives them and should be. She normally drives a car. My cars are essentially show cars. They need a different level of careful.
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Old 04-22-2010, 11:18 AM   #18
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I have Eibach's anti-roll sways and Pro Kit lowering springs on my car with the factory GFX. My car is between 1.2-1.3" lower both front and rear. I have had no scrapes, no bumps or any other parking / speedbump problems. Like others have said, just give yourself room when parking.

I have had to get back into my car a couple of times to pull farther into a space because I was WAY too far from the curb.

It is easier to get too far away now then it was before. The difference in height makes it look like you're closer than you actually are.

Lower the car, you'll thank yourself later. The ride quality suffers a little bit, but it's no worse than a stock Corvette, (its bump happy now) but if you want a car that makes the road its bee-och, with no more body roll and a look that fits the rest of the car, go for it.
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Holy shit, no kidding. My thirdgen Firebirds LOOOVED concrete. They took a bite out of every driveway they could.
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I smashed my front bumper before I lowered it
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