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Old 09-08-2013, 07:57 PM   #1
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Can I leave the spring spacers on?

I bought my ZL1 with 1800 miles on it. It was delivered to me and I noticed it had the same height as the SS. I just checked and found the spring spacers are still on. I like the height it has now. Can I leave them on and take them of for "track days" or is leaving them on going to damage the suspension?
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Old 09-08-2013, 08:05 PM   #2
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They must be removed. As per the owners manual they are to be stored in the glove compartment for future use in case you need to be towed. The dealer should have done that at the time of receiving your car and inspecting it.
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Take them off! Are you kidding me!
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Old 09-08-2013, 08:23 PM   #5
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No I'm not kidding. I know the manual says they should be removed but it doesn't say what can happen if I don't. That's what I'm asking here.
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you will **** your suspension up !!
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Why are you more concerned about "looks" regarding height than damaging your suspension? Two different cars regarding suspension.
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It's your car, do what you want with it I guess...
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Old 09-08-2013, 09:02 PM   #9
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Does anybody have knowlegde that it will hurt the suspension or are you just speaking out of faith?
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Old 09-08-2013, 09:08 PM   #10
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Does anybody have knowlegde that it will hurt the suspension or are you just speaking out of faith?
Leave them on.. Do whatever u want with ur car... But per GM they must come out. Don't believe us, leave them in and tell us what happens.
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I don't think you actually damage anything by leaving them in, but it will have the profound effect of negating 90% of the front suspensions capabilities, making the car ride stiffer than normal.

I would suggest that you remove the spacers, drive the car for awhile to get the full feel of the awesome suspension these cars have, THEN decide for yourself whether it worth leaving them in just to get it to ride just s bit higher.
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I don't think you actually damage anything by leaving them in, but it will have the profound effect of negating 90% of the front suspensions capabilities, making the car ride stiffer than normal.

I would suggest that you remove the spacers, drive the car for awhile to get the full feel of the awesome suspension these cars have, THEN decide for yourself whether it worth leaving them in just to get it to ride just s bit higher.
Finally, an educated answer. Thank you.
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You will essentially be eliminating the coils between the two coils the spacers sit on. You may get a tiny bit of spring effect from the spacers compressing but you will have a much stiffer suspension which will transfer alot more shock or force to the rest of the vehicle. This will not only resulting in an uncomfortable ride but potentially cause damage to other components. The harshness of bumps could potentially be comparable to the force of bottoming out the suspension on the bump stops (for example on an overloaded truck). Or at the very least how rough a 1 ton truck would feel over bumps when completely empty.

If you want a higher ride height I would suggest going with larger tires, I test fitted my winter set from my SS 245/50/20 on my ZL1 they fit with no issue, these are taller than the SS tires , also some people are running 275/40/20 up front with 315/35 on the rear on the ZL1's these tires are the same height as the stock ss tires.
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Finally, an educated answer. Thank you.
^ Guys funny... No education there, common sense.
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Old 09-08-2013, 09:46 PM   #17
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You're not going to damage anything. It may affect the handling a tiny bit. A lot of people on here spend to much time on the internet and not under cars.
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^ Guys funny... No education there, common sense.
Compared to some of the other answers, yours was "educated".

Anyway the stiffer ride does make a case for removing them. I'll just take them off.
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You will essentially be eliminating the coils between the two coils the spacers sit on. You may get a tiny bit of spring effect from the spacers compressing but you will have a much stiffer suspension which will transfer alot more shock or force to the rest of the vehicle. This will not only resulting in an uncomfortable ride but potentially cause damage to other components. The harshness of bumps could potentially be comparable to the force of bottoming out the suspension on the bump stops (for example on an overloaded truck). Or at the very least how rough a 1 ton truck would feel over bumps when completely empty.

If you want a higher ride height I would suggest going with larger tires, I test fitted my winter set from my SS 245/50/20 on my ZL1 they fit with no issue, these are taller than the SS tires , also some people are running 275/40/20 up front with 315/35 on the rear on the ZL1's these tires are the same height as the stock ss tires.
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I bought my ZL1 with 1800 miles on it. It was delivered to me and I noticed it had the same height as the SS. I just checked and found the spring spacers are still on. I like the height it has now. Can I leave them on and take them of for "track days" or is leaving them on going to damage the suspension?
I know that ZL1 springs have been installed on a V6 without any issues. Maybe you could look into swapping out your ZL1 springs for SS springs. Not sure if that would affect the ZL1 suspension negatively though.
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Finally, an educated answer. Thank you.
I find that comment kind of ironic considering that we are the ones without our spacers on. Maybe you had a educated question that was already answered in your manual.
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No I'm not kidding. I know the manual says they should be removed but it doesn't say what can happen if I don't. That's what I'm asking here.
Then go ahead ant find out , afterwords let everyone in here know what were the results of you stupidity
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Old 09-09-2013, 06:27 AM   #24
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Kind of odd to hear the OP likes the raised look on his ZL1. On a Camaro, it seems as if most people like a lowered stance rather than a ride height similar to a Jeep Wrangler with a Skyjacker long-arm kit. Eh, whatever you like.
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Better ground clearance. Doesn't scrape the front end over every driveway.
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