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Old 03-19-2012, 05:08 PM   #1
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Need help deciding on BMR suspension.

So I'm up to 3 separate occasions where I've had part failures in my driveline that were caused by some type of wheelhop. After this I'm sidelining my plans for a new cam and wheels, and using the funds to do some suspension work. I've decided on going with BMR because of their large selection of parts, and that pretty much everything they make is adjustable. The first thing that I'm wanting to do to my car is install the Pro Version Total Suspension Bushing Kit. After this install, it will be a few weeks until I can get to installing the BMR adjustable trailing arms and toe rods and I was wondering if having all those stiffer bushings might cause any failures or bad bends in the stock trailing arms or else were?

After going with toe rods and trailing arms what would be next best step to take? Not sure between the adjustable lower control arm (is it adjustable for stock height?), sway bars and end links, or chassis sub-frame brace, if that would even be necessary at that point. Also gonna throw in a front tower brace and lower it at some point in time.

With all that extra hardware stiffening up my suspension, is that gonna cause any excess strain on my driveline (stock for now), particularly my axles and driveshaft bolts, during a hard launch?

Sorry about all the questions, just trying to make sure I get everything right. Any help is appreciated! Thanks!
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Old 03-19-2012, 06:03 PM   #2
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Call BMR and ask for Kyle.....he is the Gen4 & 5 Camaro specialist & can tell you all you need to know. BMR makes good stuff period.
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Old 03-19-2012, 07:13 PM   #3
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Call BMR and ask for Kyle.....he is the Gen4 & 5 Camaro specialist & can tell you all you need to know. BMR makes good stuff period.
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Old 03-19-2012, 07:17 PM   #4
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I have all BMR stuff. Couldn't be happier!

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Car never ever wheel hops.

on them to make engine mounts...


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Old 03-19-2012, 07:51 PM   #5
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I agree with contacting Kyle as he can point you in the right direction. Here is my list of BMR parts:
BMR Trailing Arms with Spherical Bearings
BMR Bolt On Subframe Connectors
BMR Drive Shaft Tunnel Brace
BMR Driveshaft Safety Loop
BMR Swaybar Endlink Kit (Front and Rear)
BMR Tubular Sway Bars With Poly Bushings (Front & Rear Set)
BMR Rear Cradle Bushing Kit, Pro Version
BMR End Link Mounting Brace, Rear Lower Control Arm
BMR Adjustable Toe Rods w/ Rod Ends
BMR Adjustable LCA (on their way)
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Old 03-20-2012, 09:23 AM   #6
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So I'm up to 3 separate occasions where I've had part failures in my driveline that were caused by some type of wheelhop. After this I'm sidelining my plans for a new cam and wheels, and using the funds to do some suspension work. I've decided on going with BMR because of their large selection of parts, and that pretty much everything they make is adjustable. The first thing that I'm wanting to do to my car is install the Pro Version Total Suspension Bushing Kit. After this install, it will be a few weeks until I can get to installing the BMR adjustable trailing arms and toe rods and I was wondering if having all those stiffer bushings might cause any failures or bad bends in the stock trailing arms or else were?

After going with toe rods and trailing arms what would be next best step to take? Not sure between the adjustable lower control arm (is it adjustable for stock height?), sway bars and end links, or chassis sub-frame brace, if that would even be necessary at that point. Also gonna throw in a front tower brace and lower it at some point in time.

With all that extra hardware stiffening up my suspension, is that gonna cause any excess strain on my driveline (stock for now), particularly my axles and driveshaft bolts, during a hard launch?

Sorry about all the questions, just trying to make sure I get everything right. Any help is appreciated! Thanks!
First of all thanks for all the kind words guys. I do my best to help people out here on this forum so were they can get the performance they are looking for without breaking the bank.

Justin you definitely have the right idea as far as suspension and chasssis mods go . The "pro" full bushing kit is always a good idea. It will get rid of the crappy deflection-prone rubber bushings and allow better control over suspension and rear cradle movement. Doing the bushing kit will give you a solid base to work with and build up from. The trailing arms and toe rods are some of the first parts I recommend for people to help control and cure the wheel hop issues the Camaros have. These two parts really make a big difference by replacing the flimsy stamped steel stock parts with soft rubber busihngs with our BMR parts that are much beefier and that use stiffer poly-urethane bushings. The adjustable lower control arms would be something I would do down the road because the sway bars/end links and the subframe connectors and tunnel brace will be more important at this point in time for you.

Now installing our parts won't add any extra strain to the drivetrain components but that doesn't mean there isn't a chance for them to break down the road when you are making more power. Since you have an automatic car you shouldn't have any issues with the drivetrain parts till you start making quite a bit more power. Automatics are generally quite a bit easier on the suspension/chassis/drivetrain than the manual transmissions since they dont shock the parts as hard.

Give me a call here at the shop and we could definitely get you what you need and go over a complete setup for your car. You may want to do more parts or less depending on your budget but either way we can get you taken care of and be within your budget.
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Old 03-20-2012, 07:12 PM   #7
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Sorry I'm just now getting around to replying. Thanks everyone for all the info and Kyle I'll definitely give you a call tomorrow if I can find time in between my classes.
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Old 03-20-2012, 07:21 PM   #8
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Justin,
You need to get it running good so you can drive it to caimaro fest 3 for sure thi summer! Got three of us from abilene going for sure right now!
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Old 03-20-2012, 07:31 PM   #9
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Justin, if you have the money set aside for a cam, I would suggest saving a couple bucks over buying parts seprately and purchasing the Stage 3 BMR suspension kit. It is gonna come everything you need except rear LCAs, Toe rods and Trailing arms. If I remember correctly the kit ran me about $1500, got it from a vendor on this forum.
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Old 03-21-2012, 11:30 AM   #10
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Justin,
You need to get it running good so you can drive it to caimaro fest 3 for sure thi summer! Got three of us from abilene going for sure right now!
Haha I'm trying too but I have so much going on with this car right now it's ridiculous. On top of Chevy doing warranty work right now, I'm also trying to get my insurance company to fix some paint and body damage (some of which was already very poorly "fixed" by a collision shop here), from 3 hit and runs in parking lots, another hit in a parking lot while I was sitting in my car, and paintball damage all over my car that some punks did one night. So IF I can get all of this sorted out and get my car looking good again, then I definitely wanna try and go.
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Old 03-21-2012, 01:03 PM   #11
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It was good talking to you Justin, if there is anything else I can help you out with give me a call or shoot me a PM.
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