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Old 09-20-2011, 10:08 AM   #1
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BC Coilovers installed

Took my car to Mike over at Whiteside Customs to get some BC Coilovers and some bushings installed.

Iíll say that Iíve never had adjustable coilovers on any of my street cars before but these things really improved the ride of my car. I just got them installed so I donít a whole lot of drive time with them other than the hour long ride home. Right off the bat I could tell the ride was 100x smoother than what I had before. Currently they are set at 12 front/6 rear so I could go a little softer if I need.

These coilovers seem to be a greatÖ..and they have a great price to go along with them. Sometimes people say you get what you pay for but in this case I think youíre just getting a great coilover for a very good price.

I also had some rear differential bushings installed along with a set of Radius Rod full bushings. So far Iím not really hearing any extra noise from the diff bushings but like I said I havenít had a lot of seat time with them. I did leave the radio down for most of the ride home so that I could see if I noticed any extra noiseÖ.so far, nothing.

Iíll have to take the car out to the track to see if the rear bushings made any difference but Iím pretty sure they will. Iím hoping to get out to my next AutoX event at the beginning of November so weíll see if the coilovers and bushings help there as well.

Even if they coilovers donít help the performance of my car at all Iíll say they are still worth the money for the better drivability they give the car vs just doing a drop spring.

Thanks to Mike for doing a great job in my install, adjusting everything up properly, and making sure my alignment was done correctly. Those of you in the DFW area considering coilovers should call Whiteside and youíll see how affordable they are to get installed.
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Old 09-20-2011, 11:07 AM   #2
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Very nice!!! You get bounced around at all when hitting dips? I like the feel of mine but it is more stiff then stock which I like of course.
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Old 09-20-2011, 11:12 AM   #3
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So far I don't get bounced around any more than I would in Yukon. You'll still feel bumps in the road just like any car but WAY better than it was.

Do you have the coilovers? If so, give 12F / 6R a try.
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Old 09-20-2011, 11:14 AM   #4
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yeah, I got the Pedders ones but I think its the same. Im at 14F/10R now... But Ive been given advice to go with a 20F 24R at my next autox event.
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Old 09-20-2011, 11:14 AM   #5
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How low did you go? Have any before and after pics?
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Old 09-20-2011, 11:18 AM   #6
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yeah, I got the Pedders ones but I think its the same. Im at 14F/10R now... But Ive been given advice to go with a 20F 24R at my next autox event.
Should basically be the same. Of course it all depends on what you like driving wise. I want a nice soft ride around town but stiff at a AutoX or Drag event. That's why I went with the coilovers.

Just for grins try the 12/6 for a couple days and see how you like it. Easy enough to change.
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Old 09-20-2011, 11:19 AM   #7
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I will change it sometime this week and give it a try. Thanks!
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Old 09-20-2011, 11:20 AM   #8
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How low did you go? Have any before and after pics?
Well....I had some Hotchkis 1" springs on it before so the car was already lowered. We set it to go to about 1.25" so there isn't a major difference. Not like going from stock to 1.25" lower.

It was dark when I came home last night. I'll get some pics in my driveway like I took with my Hotchkis springs and see if I can compare them. I'll post them up once I have them but it will probalby be tonight or tomorrow before I get a chance to do that.
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Old 09-20-2011, 11:22 AM   #9
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mine ended up being a 1.4 inch drop. Im in the same boat as Caverman and I can take picks for you when I get home. ( i think i have a stock photo)
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Old 09-20-2011, 02:29 PM   #10
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David,

Thank you for allowing us to work on your Camaro! Enjoy the ride!
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Old 09-20-2011, 11:31 PM   #11
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How low did you go? Have any before and after pics?
Tooks some pics tonight to use as comparison. First pic is with the Hotckis 1" springs. Second pic is with BC Coilovers set to about 1.25".
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Old 09-20-2011, 11:38 PM   #12
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Thank you for allowing us to work on your Camaro! Enjoy the ride!

Excellent work, can you pm me what I would looking at to buy and heve the BC Coilovers installed as well as the rear cradle bushing? Also what it would run me it I did it myself, part only! Thanks!!
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Old 09-21-2011, 05:10 AM   #13
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How easy is it to change the ride height settings?
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Old 09-21-2011, 09:04 AM   #14
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How easy is it to change the ride height settings?
In the picture above where Mike is measuring the height on the coil you'll see a coulple locking mechanisms. Bacsically you loosen I believe the lower one and use the included tools to take some threads out.
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Looks nice what did you set your settings on for dampening?



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Tooks some pics tonight to use as comparison. First pic is with the Hotckis 1" springs. Second pic is with BC Coilovers set to about 1.25".
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Old 09-21-2011, 10:06 AM   #16
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Looks good. I am moving my settings to something softer than 12f/6r today - to see how she feels.
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Old 09-21-2011, 10:18 AM   #17
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I tried 10f/5r and like it so far.
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Old 09-21-2011, 10:59 AM   #18
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I tried 10f/5r and like it so far.
How many fingers can fit in the gap in the rears?
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Old 09-21-2011, 12:16 PM   #19
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Tooks some pics tonight to use as comparison. First pic is with the Hotckis 1" springs. Second pic is with BC Coilovers set to about 1.25".


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Old 09-21-2011, 06:02 PM   #20
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looks very good. i did not know you had to cut holes to install these..
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looks very good. i did not know you had to cut holes to install these..
It's not required but you'll have a hard time adjusting them otherwise. It's no big deal though. With the desk gromet it looks like it's supposed to and then it's all hidden under the carpet. If you look in my trunk you don't even see them. You have to pull back the carpet to get to the adjusting knobs.
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It's not required but you'll have a hard time adjusting them otherwise. It's no big deal though. With the desk gromet it looks like it's supposed to and then it's all hidden under the carpet. If you look in my trunk you don't even see them. You have to pull back the carpet to get to the adjusting knobs.
Dave I was going to ask the same thing... talked to my performance guy was up there today and asked about that... he says its not needed, but dont know anything about them... looks really good, I did my toe arm bushings and diff too... we should race one day.... oh it looks great...
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Technically you don't need the holes but you would have to lift the car and probably take off the wheels any time you wanted to adjust the settings. The holes are no big deal to me. I didn't get a pic with the gromets in that make them look better but when the carpets down you don't see anything.

Marine.....you should look into the coilovers. They make the ride really nice and BC Coilovers are definately affordable.
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Old 09-27-2011, 09:10 AM   #24
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12F 6R is PERFECT for street driving Caverman! Thanks for the tip! I will be using that setup while on the street.
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12F 6R is PERFECT for street driving Caverman! Thanks for the tip! I will be using that setup while on the street.
I actually dropped down to 10f/5r for the moment and like it pretty good as well. I'm going to drive with that for another week or so and then go back to 12/6 and see which one I like better.
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