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Old 08-10-2013, 09:53 PM   #1
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Anyone lower their 1LE and regret it

I got a set of BMR 1" lowering springs and have not put them on yet, I saw in another forum where people were complaining about a pop or clunking sound after lowering their camaro's with a few different springs including BMR. Anime have any advice or input? THANKS
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Old 08-10-2013, 10:18 PM   #2
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My thought is that if you lower it, go with a track proven solution. Pete from Pedders says that the 1LE is so good stock, don't bother lowering it unless you're going with high end coilovers. My plan is in two stages:

1. Pedders 1LE Permagrin package (32 rear sway to reduce understeer, plus a few key bushings)
2. Pedders Supercar coilovers.

I'm debating whether to do them both at the same time and be done with it.

I may run this setup with the stock 1LE tires and wheels, still researching before deciding. R compounds and Hoosiers wear out too fast for my taste.
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Old 08-10-2013, 10:28 PM   #3
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I should add that I lowered a Challenger SRT8 and it handled worse after lowering. So now I carefully do the research first. Pedders and Lingenfelter teamed to create the L/28, which has just kicked ass on the track. So that's the direction I'm going with my suspension mods.
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Old 08-10-2013, 10:32 PM   #4
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good advice. my pfadts springs should be coming in this or next week. just want the car lowered alittle. just to take out that gap.

i hope i dont have issues.
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Old 08-11-2013, 06:17 AM   #5
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good advice. my pfadts springs should be coming in this or next week. just want the car lowered alittle. just to take out that gap.

i hope i dont have issues.
That's exactly what I was wanting, just to close the gap up a little bit. The thread I was reading a guy said his pfadts were doing the same thing. On the other hand though there is 100's of people who have lowered and not had any problems.... Think I will just lower mine and keep my springs and if I get any unusual noise I will put the stock springs back on.
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Old 08-11-2013, 07:04 AM   #6
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I lowered my 2LT and even though I loved the look and how it hugged the curves a little better, it sucked when it came to bumps and my slanted driveway. I scraped my gfx alot. I dont think we are going to lower the 1LE since I have already scrapped the splitter backing into my driveway.
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Old 08-11-2013, 02:52 PM   #7
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I love my PFADS 1.25" lowering springs

They handle great and they don't clunk.
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Old 08-11-2013, 11:02 PM   #8
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I'm in the same boat as several others. I bought a ton of mods waiting on the 1LE to arrive, many mods have been done since then but I'm still holding out on the 1" BMR springs. They set in the box in the garage with some other mods that are due to be installed but I'm just on the bubble if they will get installed or not.

Like said above already. I can always swap them back out if I don't care for them.
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:00 AM   #9
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My thought is that if you lower it, go with a track proven solution. Pete from Pedders says that the 1LE is so good stock, don't bother lowering it unless you're going with high end coilovers. My plan is in two stages:

1. Pedders 1LE Permagrin package (32 rear sway to reduce understeer, plus a few key bushings)
2. Pedders Supercar coilovers.

I'm debating whether to do them both at the same time and be done with it.
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That's the set up on my car and I love it ! It handles amazing , ride is great, it's a little stiffer don't get me wrong but I'm use to that and it's how I prefer it.
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:17 AM   #10
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That's the set up on my car and I love it ! It handles amazing , ride is great, it's a little stiffer don't get me wrong but I'm use to that and it's how I prefer it.
Nice! What wheel and tire sizes are you running?
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Old 08-12-2013, 10:42 AM   #11
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I would do coilovers or leave it stock height....
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Old 08-12-2013, 10:47 AM   #12
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Nice! What wheel and tire sizes are you running?
stock wheels (zl1/1le) with 305 on the back insted of the 285
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Old 08-12-2013, 12:44 PM   #13
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stock wheels (zl1/1le) with 305 on the back insted of the 285
Do you have any side shots of your car? I plan on doing the same with the rear.
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Old 08-12-2013, 12:56 PM   #14
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FYI, Coilovers and lowering springs are very very different products. Do your research. I have and only will buy coilovers.
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Old 08-12-2013, 01:02 PM   #15
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I would not lower my car due to clearence issues and the teeter totter effect on driveways becoming worse.
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Yeah...as much as I want the wheels gap closed I cannot bring myself to put lowering springs on a machine like ours. So perfectly balanced and well thought out, I cant see myself ruining that for appearance.
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Old 08-12-2013, 01:53 PM   #17
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Yeah...as much as I want the wheels gap closed I cannot bring myself to put lowering springs on a machine like ours. So perfectly balanced and well thought out, I cant see myself ruining that for appearance.
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Old 08-12-2013, 01:59 PM   #18
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Sometimes I wonder if companies such as Chevy and Ford are in bed with the aftermarket companies. Why else would the Camaro and Mustang have such ugly fender/wheel gaps? There is no such gap in the Corvette which handles a track as good as any car. I lowered my car purely for aesthetics. It looks so much better from the side view now. The only negative to lowering is now it further shows the crappy front wheel offset even more. The front wheel sticks out past the fender.

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Old 08-12-2013, 02:05 PM   #19
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Yeah...as much as I want the wheels gap closed I cannot bring myself to put lowering springs on a machine like ours. So perfectly balanced and well thought out, I cant see myself ruining that for appearance.
This is my biggest concern too. These 1LEs are AMAZING at the track, stock.

But the suspension that I'm going with is track proven with the Lingenfelter L/28, so I'm hoping it's low risk. We shall soon see, I am about to pull the trigger. Here's what the final config is:

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Do you have any side shots of your car? I plan on doing the same with the rear.
check out my build thred,there are some in there
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This is my biggest concern too. These 1LEs are AMAZING at the track, stock.

But the suspension that I'm going with is track proven with the Lingenfelter L/28, so I'm hoping it's low risk. We shall soon see, I am about to pull the trigger. Here's what the final config is:

Pedders components:
Camaro Supercar Coilovers
32mm Rear Z Bar
EP6577 Steel Jacketed Radius Bushes
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EP6570Z Trailing Arm Bushes
Well thought out!
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Sometimes I wonder if companies such as Chevy and Ford are in bed with the aftermarket companies. Why else would the Camaro and Mustang have such ugly fender/wheel gaps? There is no such gap in the Corvette which handles a track as good as any car. I lowered my car purely for aesthetics. It looks so much better from the side view now. The only negative to lowering is now it further shows the crappy front wheel offset even more. The front wheel sticks out past the fender.


Check out the C7 as there's plenty of well gap.

Consider this, if you "just" went with lowering springs you've altered the suspension for looks and lost compliance.
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This is my biggest concern too. These 1LEs are AMAZING at the track, stock.

But the suspension that I'm going with is track proven with the Lingenfelter L/28, so I'm hoping it's low risk. We shall soon see, I am about to pull the trigger. Here's what the final config is:

Pedders components:
Camaro Supercar Coilovers
32mm Rear Z Bar
EP6577 Steel Jacketed Radius Bushes
EP1201HD Sub-frame bushes
EP6570Z Trailing Arm Bushes

That is a great setup, and if I could..I WOULD!
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1leNPP, damn that looks so much better with its ass end down from the stratosphere, lol! I'm going for track performance first, but clearly another big benefit is that the car will look so much better lowered as you have.

Did you do anything else to the suspension besides rear springs?
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