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Old 08-22-2012, 03:50 PM   #1
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Lowering my camaro

I don't know anything about car suspensions.. but I've seen a couple of lowered camaros and I really like the look.

I want to lower it enough so it looks nice.. I've noticed most of camaros go 1 inch -1.4.

I don't want to go TOOOO low.. but I want to go as low as possible. I dont want it to affect the way the car drives.. and i dont want to mess my bumper up on every speed bump

Anyways, what are some good springs? and how low? thanks a lot. Links would be great!!
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Old 08-22-2012, 04:23 PM   #2
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1" is a good drop and you don't sacrifice drivability.
I went with BMR but haven't installed them yet. Actually might be doing it tmrw. What part of SF by the way ?
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Old 08-22-2012, 05:48 PM   #3
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I don't know anything about car suspensions.. but I've seen a couple of lowered camaros and I really like the look.

I want to lower it enough so it looks nice.. I've noticed most of camaros go 1 inch -1.4.

I don't want to go TOOOO low.. but I want to go as low as possible. I dont want it to affect the way the car drives.. and i dont want to mess my bumper up on every speed bump

Anyways, what are some good springs? and how low? thanks a lot. Links would be great!!
It's a lot of work if you do it yourself, but totally worth it. If you pay to get them installed it's pricey, beware. Also, make sure you do your research on re-timing bushings, alignment, and correct torque pressure. If you're not careful, you can really screw things up.
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Old 08-22-2012, 05:54 PM   #4
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I went with Pdaft 1.25 drop . I'm really content with the product. Only thing with speed bumps and ramps you just have to proceed slow as you approach them and you shall be fine.
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Old 08-22-2012, 08:27 PM   #5
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It's not too difficult to do it yourself with the help of a friend. Just set aside a day/weekend and get it done. It's a great experience and you really learn a lot.
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:12 PM   #6
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It's not too difficult to do it yourself with the help of a friend. Just set aside a day/weekend and get it done. It's a great experience and you really learn a lot.
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The first day I was alone, completely frustrated, and regretting what I had gotten myself into . Second day I had help and it was a lot more of an enjoyable experience. When it was all done it was a hell of a great feeling.
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:28 AM   #7
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You need an air tool for the top nut on the shock tower. It took us about 5 hours
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:42 AM   #8
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I don't know anything about car suspensions.. but I've seen a couple of lowered camaros and I really like the look.

I want to lower it enough so it looks nice.. I've noticed most of camaros go 1 inch -1.4.

I don't want to go TOOOO low.. but I want to go as low as possible. I dont want it to affect the way the car drives.. and i dont want to mess my bumper up on every speed bump

Anyways, what are some good springs? and how low? thanks a lot. Links would be great!!
You are definitely right about most people using lowering springs that range from 1" to 1.4". We don't recommend using a lowering springs lower than 1.4" because anything lower than that tends to really shorten the lifespan of the struts/shocks.

If you are worried about ground clearance I would probably recommend sticking with the 1" lowring springs because it will give you that aggressive stance you are looking for without sacrificing too much ground clearance.

I like our BMR lowering springs but I am a little biased!

If there is anything we can help you out with let me know.
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Old 08-23-2012, 12:38 PM   #9
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I don't know anything about car suspensions.. but I've seen a couple of lowered camaros and I really like the look.

I want to lower it enough so it looks nice.. I've noticed most of camaros go 1 inch -1.4.

I don't want to go TOOOO low.. but I want to go as low as possible. I dont want it to affect the way the car drives.. and i dont want to mess my bumper up on every speed bump

Anyways, what are some good springs? and how low? thanks a lot. Links would be great!!
I am in the same boat as you. I don't know which springs to go with.

I am looking into the BMR 1.4in front and 1in rear. I do have a curb coming into my drive way which I may be a little worried about.

If I pulled up to the curb, parked, measured the distance between the lower part of the bumper and the top of the curb and it is more then 1.4in I should theoretically be safe right?

Also BMR any pics of the 1.4in front 1in rear drop?
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Old 08-23-2012, 01:12 PM   #10
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I am in the same boat as you. I don't know which springs to go with.

I am looking into the BMR 1.4in front and 1in rear. I do have a curb coming into my drive way which I may be a little worried about.

If I pulled up to the curb, parked, measured the distance between the lower part of the bumper and the top of the curb and it is more then 1.4in I should theoretically be safe right?

Also BMR any pics of the 1.4in front 1in rear drop?
Yeah, here are a couple pictures of BMR 1.4" front and 1" rear drop springs.
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Old 08-23-2012, 01:18 PM   #11
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Granatelli springs are great = front 1" & rear 1.25". Nice ride with these things!
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Old 08-23-2012, 02:12 PM   #12
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You need an air tool for the top nut on the shock tower. It took us about 5 hours
No air tool needed!
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Old 08-23-2012, 02:25 PM   #13
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I went with the 1" BMR and I'm glad I did.

It changed the ride, but not drastically.

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Old 08-23-2012, 03:38 PM   #14
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I went with the 1" BMR and I'm glad I did.

It changed the ride, but not drastically.

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We are glad you are enjoying your BMR lowering springs, if there is anything else we can do for you let us know.
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:49 PM   #15
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No air tool needed!
but oh does it make life easier, lol
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:52 PM   #16
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We are glad you are enjoying your BMR lowering springs, if there is anything else we can do for you let us know.
Ridden on BMR Springs and they are great...super comfy and the stance is just about perfect. Not too low and no sag.
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Old 08-23-2012, 08:44 PM   #17
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Old 08-23-2012, 08:51 PM   #18
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sub'd. Curious how lowering will affect my incoming 1LE as they have already seriously addressed the suspension/steering from the stock SS. I'd hate to ruin it :(
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Old 08-24-2012, 11:01 AM   #19
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No air tool needed!
Then how do you get that nut off? I tried with a regular socket and the nut turned but so did the strut shaft...... Im talking about the nut to get it out of the strut tower, not the nut releasing the spring itself.
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thanks kyle
How's it going Pete? When did you upgrade to an SS? When is going to be time to start doing some mods on it?
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No air tool needed!
Air tools make life easy but you don't get the satisfaction of feeling like a man! Like a manly man!!!!
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Old 08-24-2012, 12:42 PM   #23
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Then how do you get that nut off? I tried with a regular socket and the nut turned but so did the strut shaft...... Im talking about the nut to get it out of the strut tower, not the nut releasing the spring itself.
you use an offset strut socket because you need to get to the torx socket in the strut stud. The socket is a OTC 7544 24MM socket
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Then how do you get that nut off? I tried with a regular socket and the nut turned but so did the strut shaft...... Im talking about the nut to get it out of the strut tower, not the nut releasing the spring itself.
Helps if you take the top bolt off while the cars weight is on it, but you'll need the torx sockets inorder to get proper torque value during re-assembly.
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Helps if you take the top bolt off while the cars weight is on it, but you'll need the torx sockets inorder to get proper torque value during re-assembly.
Sooooo, follow the instructions, put the wheel back on, lower the vehicle but the............................ NEVERMIND
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