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Old 07-27-2013, 03:43 AM   #1
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What do I need to turn a '11 SS Conv. into a canyon carver?

Title pretty much says it all, the car needs to be fairly comfortable but also perform great at 8/10, and 9/10 on rare occasions, I'm interested in anything and everything. Ride noise is a consideration, I don't want to be having to explain squeaks and rattles to my wife, but other than that I just want to hear what you guys have to say! (Also, it has a whipple with around 650bhp) Thanks!
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Old 07-27-2013, 04:44 AM   #2
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Subframe bushings and sways. If you have a pre 2012 car, you can convert to the fe4 suspension and then do zl1 sways for the best of the best in terms of sway bars.
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Old 07-27-2013, 05:00 AM   #3
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Old 07-27-2013, 06:31 AM   #4
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That's easy........Pedders Xa Justice SuperCar package. I have it on my convert and love it.
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Old 07-27-2013, 08:01 AM   #5
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Old 07-27-2013, 08:02 AM   #6
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Old 07-27-2013, 10:54 AM   #7
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Old 07-27-2013, 12:26 PM   #8
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What do I need to turn a '11 SS Conv. into a canyon carver?
First off, more balls than me.
Unless you autocross the car it's got more handling than you'll ever throw at it. I traded my coupe on my vert, picked it up in vancouver and took the Fraser Canyon home. I scared the crap out of my self and the car didn't budge. Lost an STI too who didn't have the balls to keep up with me.
I frequently take a drive on a very windy, very pretty, no traffic road. The cars stinks like rubber clutch and brake when I get it home. Don't feel the need to upgrade as it handles every thing I want to throw at it.
I've done bushings and drop springs, for the look and to stop wheel hop. Didn't notice any improvement in max capabilities. Some guys put in upgraded sway bars, makes the car corner flatter but I bet they still don't push any of the all out gains. Unless they are tracking it.
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Old 07-27-2013, 01:21 PM   #9
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Subframe bushings and sways. If you have a pre 2012 car, you can convert to the fe4 suspension and then do zl1 sways for the best of the best in terms of sway bars.
Seconding this.
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:44 PM   #10
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Sways, convert to FE4 setup with ZL1 sways if keeping staggered wheels.That is cheapest route and should be very good.Do Hotchkis drop springs for 1" drop and best ride and good handling if lowering, also has good clearances with only 1" drop. If you have $$ do coilovers for best ride and handling, but not needed really unless serious about tracking the car.
See what I have in my sig? Thats overkill for canyon carving as to the sways but wanted adjustabillity if needed as I auto x the car alot and get rid of understeer so you arent manhandling 2 tons around corners. Biggest thing to have on the sways is that they give you closer to neutral steer and get rid of body roll, this makes the car more fun as you arent fighting the massive understeer you have now.
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Old 07-27-2013, 06:11 PM   #11
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Cool, thanks for all the tips guys, I'm leaning towards pedders, does anyone know if there is a major handling difference between their Track 1 XA and Track 2 XA? (Track 2 XA includes sway bars and links and such)
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Old 07-27-2013, 07:01 PM   #12
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I recommend Pedders Pace Car Kit with ZL-1 style rear sway bar.
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Old 07-27-2013, 08:31 PM   #13
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That's easy........Pedders Xa Justice SuperCar package. I have it on my convert and love it.
This will allow you to run with the Z06s and ZR1s. While you're at it, throw on some adjustable camber plates. Enjoy
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Old 07-28-2013, 02:59 AM   #14
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This will allow you to run with the Z06s and ZR1s. While you're at it, throw on some adjustable camber plates. Enjoy
Awesome, thanks. Also, who sells good adjustable camber plates? And will I need them? I'm only going to lower the car the absolute minimum amount.
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Awesome, thanks. Also, who sells good adjustable camber plates? And will I need them? I'm only going to lower the car the absolute minimum amount.
Depending on how wide of tire and how much camber you want to run. you may or may not need Camber plates. We run the Pfadt camber plates, but we also have 295's and about 2.5 degrees of camber up front.

I suggest simply starting with a good set of sway bars (FE4/ZL Style) and either a good set of springs or coilovers if the budget allows. Feel free to call, PM or email me with questions or pricing. We offer both Pfadt and Pedders and can get you setup right with the right parts the first time!

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Old 08-02-2013, 07:18 PM   #16
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I've got a 2011 Convertible and added the Pedders Pace Car packege - Xa Coilovers and front/rear sway bars. What a graet handling upgrade. I can out run cars weighing more than a thousand pounds less on the twisty roads in the Texas Hill Country.



Plus the lowered stance looks great in my opinion and no rubbing.
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Old 08-02-2013, 11:26 PM   #17
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