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Old 10-07-2011, 04:24 AM   #1
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Arrow Best springs for smooth ride.

Looking to lower my SS, what is the smoothest riding springs?
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Hmmm, well I can only speak about Pfadt as that's what I have. It's a great smooth highway ride. It's stiff though. Bumps in the road are sharper now, if that makes sense. But it made the car handle so much better!
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The smoothest ride isn't going to come from any type of lowering spring. They all have higher spring rates which in turn make the ride stiffer.
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If you want a smooth ride while still being lowered I'd say coil overs are what you want.
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If you want a smooth ride while still being lowered I'd say coil overs are what you want.


More expensive but ulitmately a better deal. BC Coilovers are pretty affordable. Do a search on those and at least look at them as an option.

If you don't want to spend the money on coilovers and just do springs for looks, just realize most people are going to recommend whatever they have. Not many people have switched different brands of springs in order to feel the difference.
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I have Eibach springs and sways........................Get Coilovers.

I am changing them out after I get other mods taken care of. I love the lower look, not a fan of the harsh ride that goes with it. I'll be swapping all my bushings out shortly to see if it helps.

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Thanks for the info! I will check out some coilovers!
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Now that you have BC's on, is the ride just as nice as stock? Have you hit bottom at all?

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More expensive but ulitmately a better deal. BC Coilovers are pretty affordable. Do a search on those and at least look at them as an option.

If you don't want to spend the money on coilovers and just do springs for looks, just realize most people are going to recommend whatever they have. Not many people have switched different brands of springs in order to feel the difference.
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I have Eibach springs and sways........................Get Coilovers.

I am changing them out after I get other mods taken care of. I love the lower look, not a fan of the harsh ride that goes with it. I'll be swapping all my bushings out shortly to see if it helps.

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wise words indeed..now when u say ur swapping bushings ...if u want a soft ride stick with stock...goin poly or even worst delrin or spherical will kill u for sure
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coil overs is the only way to get a smooth ride and better handling if that even happens...trust me ..if u lower the springs....u mite hate the car...i know i will...i just bought coil overs last week, not installed yet
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Old 10-07-2011, 01:35 PM   #11
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For the ultimate in ride quality it's really hard to beat a good set of coilovers. Our drop springs were designed with rates that work well with the stock shocks, but best performance and ride quality are achieved with both damper and spring rate changes. The coilovers we sell feature spring and damper rates specifically selected for the Camaro and are equally at home on both the street and the track.

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Now that you have BC's on, is the ride just as nice as stock? Have you hit bottom at all?
With my current settings I would say it's as soft as stock if not a little softer. You'll still follow some dips in the road....it's not going to make it a smooth as a Lexus or anything but without a doubt my ride has been greatly improved over the drop springs I had.

I haven't bottomed out on anything yet.
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Oh...you can also drop your car a little more with that better ride on coilovers.

Here are some pics. First one is with 1" drop springs. Second is lowered to around the 1.25" - 1.4" range (I never measured my stock height and haven't measured the new hieght).
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I fyou want the smoothest ride without braking the bank then the most affordable option is going to be the BC Racing Coilovers that Caverman has. They give you that lowered look, perform on the track, and let you ride home with feeling like you're in a full blow race car.

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Old 10-07-2011, 02:50 PM   #15
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As was mentioned earlier in the thread, lowering springs are inherently stiffer than stock. As far as lowering springs for these cars go, the Pfadt springs offer the best ride I have experienced. It is very close to stock. If your budget allows, coil overs will allow you to tailor your ride so that it is as good or even better than stock. When looking at coil overs it is very important to do your research. There are several "budget" coil overs but they often require some serious sacrifices, even requiring that you drill holes in your trunk. If you have any questions feel free to hit us up.
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As was mentioned earlier in the thread, lowering springs are inherently stiffer than stock. As far as lowering springs for these cars go, the Pfadt springs offer the best ride I have experienced. It is very close to stock. If your budget allows, coil overs will allow you to tailor your ride so that it is as good or even better than stock. When looking at coil overs it is very important to do your research. There are several "budget" coil overs but they often require some serious sacrifices, even requiring that you drill holes in your trunk. If you have any questions feel free to hit us up.

If this is your way of knocking the BC Racing coilovers then that's in pretty poor taste.

BCR made a conscious decision to build a setup that was easily adjustable. I guess I could say that other coilovers require serious sacrifice, they even make you lay on the ground to make adjustments.

I know people like to take pot shots at BC b/c they make an affordable solution. But make no mistake you are not sacrificing quality here at all. I also encourage people to do the research. What you'll find may surprise you.
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Old 10-07-2011, 03:56 PM   #17
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Looking to lower my SS, what is the smoothest riding springs?
If your only looking to lower it go with the Hotchkis sport springs, 1" drop progressive rate coil springs. It will also help with your handling but thats not what your after, it seems from your post you just want the look.
If down the road you decide you want to tighten up the ride and handling you can add there sway bars, strut tower and chassis brace as well, but that will firm up the ride a bit more.
I did a Camaro that way for someone who just wanted it to look good, replaced another manufactures coils, and my client said it felt like it was back to stock ride quality while maintaing the look.
Hope this helps.
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For the ultimate in ride quality it's really hard to beat a good set of coilovers. Our drop springs were designed with rates that work well with the stock shocks, but best performance and ride quality are achieved with both damper and spring rate changes. The coilovers we sell feature spring and damper rates specifically selected for the Camaro and are equally at home on both the street and the track.

If you've got any questions please let us know!
Any killer deals going to happen soon on a full set of coilovers?
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If your only looking to lower it go with the Hotchkis sport springs, 1" drop progressive rate coil springs. It will also help with your handling but thats not what your after, it seems from your post you just want the look.
If down the road you decide you want to tighten up the ride and handling you can add there sway bars, strut tower and chassis brace as well, but that will firm up the ride a bit more.
I did a Camaro that way for someone who just wanted it to look good, replaced another manufactures coils, and my client said it felt like it was back to stock ride quality while maintaing the look.
Hope this helps.
I want the look, im just worried about the ride. Dont want a stiff ride, I plan on taking a few road trips and I want to enjoy the ride and not get beat up.
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I fyou want the smoothest ride without braking the bank then the most affordable option is going to be the BC Racing Coilovers that Caverman has. They give you that lowered look, perform on the track, and let you ride home with feeling like you're in a full blow race car.

Thanks, I will look into these!! Are these the actual ones?
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As was mentioned earlier in the thread, lowering springs are inherently stiffer than stock. As far as lowering springs for these cars go, the Pfadt springs offer the best ride I have experienced. It is very close to stock. If your budget allows, coil overs will allow you to tailor your ride so that it is as good or even better than stock. When looking at coil overs it is very important to do your research. There are several "budget" coil overs but they often require some serious sacrifices, even requiring that you drill holes in your trunk. If you have any questions feel free to hit us up.
Thanks for the info, I would not want to drill anything right now. What do you recommend?
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For the ultimate in ride quality it's really hard to beat a good set of coilovers. Our drop springs were designed with rates that work well with the stock shocks, but best performance and ride quality are achieved with both damper and spring rate changes. The coilovers we sell feature spring and damper rates specifically selected for the Camaro and are equally at home on both the street and the track.

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Oh...you can also drop your car a little more with that better ride on coilovers.

Here are some pics. First one is with 1" drop springs. Second is lowered to around the 1.25" - 1.4" range (I never measured my stock height and haven't measured the new hieght).
I have to say caverman...ur ride is hot man...i love those calipers too...they really bring out the cars look
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Thanks, I will look into these!! Are these the actual ones?
Yes.....those are the BC coilovers.
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I have to say caverman...ur ride is hot man...i love those calipers too...they really bring out the cars look
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