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Old 03-19-2013, 02:37 PM   #1
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Have you lowered your car?

I'm debating on lowering my car, so I was wondering any of the guys around here have done it. What springs did you use and are you happy with it?
I heard some go with the Eibach but change to the Pedders, are the Eibach's not what they seem to be?
Thanks for any info. you give. Much appreciated..
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:49 PM   #2
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:53 PM   #3
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Do lowering make it ride any harder /bumpy
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:56 PM   #4
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depends on the spring rate and if you cut the stops to allow full movement
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Old 03-19-2013, 03:06 PM   #5
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Do lowering make it ride any harder /bumpy
Yes. Even if you cut the bump stops - it'll still be a harder ride than stock. Only way to lower and keep a "soft" ride is to get coilovers.
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Old 03-19-2013, 06:54 PM   #6
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Yes it will be harsher, I have Pedders lowering springs and it looks great and handles better that stock but you do lose ride comfort.

The other thing to consider is the clearance, I did not really take that into consideration but it has a bigger impact driving the car than you may think. If you live in the city like I do there are lots of street obstacles that can tear up the bottom of the car. And no matter how careful I am of going over speed bums or in and out of gas stations and lots with inclines you can't help but to scrap it up sometimes, not to mention construction road work, there are tiems when I actually have to avoind certain streets.

I am actually considering raising it back to stock level because its a PIA sometimes. May consider coilovers or different springs to raise it a bit.

Just something to consider that I don't think a lot of us do.

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Old 03-19-2013, 07:35 PM   #7
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That's exactly why I haven't lowered my car. I love the lowered look but I can't deal w/ the teeth clenching jarring ride. My SS is a daily driver and the roads here look and feel like the Government is testing weapons on them. I've reached an age where comfort means far more than appearance.
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:46 PM   #8
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Lowered...makes the Camaro look mean and better with my aftermarket 22s....I went with Pfadt and pfadt sway bars...Chase from Apex hooked me up...well worth the investment...Looks and handles better....
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:11 PM   #10
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Funny, my wife , who is very much wanting a smooth ride, loves the springs I put on, she says it feels more stable and does not jar her and she loves the ride. Find some friends cars, local clubs, ect, and go for a ride in lowered cars with different springs so you can judge for yourself. I thing mine is very plush, but corners with the best of them.
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:07 PM   #11
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I'm debating on lowering my car, so I was wondering any of the guys around here have done it. What springs did you use and are you happy with it?
I heard some go with the Eibach but change to the Pedders, are the Eibach's not what they seem to be?
Thanks for any info. you give. Much appreciated..
I originally had Pedders springs but switched to Eibach Pro-Kit. My gf and I found the Pedders to be too stiff for us. The Eibach drop is great for the stock bumper but with the ZL1 front end conversion, the clearance is pretty slim...

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Old 03-20-2013, 10:49 AM   #12
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Old 03-20-2013, 12:30 PM   #13
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Had Eibachs on my 2010 RS...have BMRs on my 2013. Love the look and improved handling and you really dont sacrifice ride. (Yes its IS a bit firmer...but its not as if youre suddenly on a skateboard.) You will want to use a bit more caution when pulling into a parking space with a curb or block.

Also it depends on how much of a drop you go with...1" gives the car a good look but is still very "streetable".

(Eibach is my preferred choice but at the time I was getting mixed info as to whether or not they would work on a 2013)
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Old 03-20-2013, 12:39 PM   #14
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I'm debating on lowering my car, so I was wondering any of the guys around here have done it. What springs did you use and are you happy with it?
I heard some go with the Eibach but change to the Pedders, are the Eibach's not what they seem to be?
Thanks for any info. you give. Much appreciated..
I have the BMR 1" lowering spring on my own car, it's PERFECT in my opinion. Just enough to kill the wheel gap, but still very driveable, no swerving for speed bumps or cringing as the front fascia drags somewhere. And, still handles excellent with the stock shocks. For ~$250 and a few hours time it's a great upgrade.

I've also installed the Pfadt springs on a few customer cars, they are also great, they are 1.4" drop though which is too much for my personal taste (and horrible home driveway).
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Old 03-20-2013, 12:50 PM   #15
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Yes, got the Hotchkis 1" for my convertible. Got them after seeing how incredible pics of lowered cars look on this site. and now in person I can say it is even better, wow. The car looks half the size now.

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Old 03-20-2013, 01:02 PM   #16
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Old 03-20-2013, 11:10 PM   #17
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Go with 1" drop to have a firmer, but softer ride. I am slammed at 1.5" inches. I would love to trade for 1". I will soon I am sure. Most likely, coilovers.
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Old 03-21-2013, 03:00 PM   #18
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Wow, this is alot of great info. I really appreciate everyone's input. Did everyone have to get that timing done on your bushings along with an alignment? did anyone not do the timing and if so any issues?
Thanks again.
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:43 PM   #19
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Street 1 bushings installed. No issues before installed.
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Old 03-21-2013, 10:01 PM   #20
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Lowered on Eibach pro kit. I have heard great things about all kits. This is my first time lowering a car and I like it. No issues to date.
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Old 03-21-2013, 10:24 PM   #21
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I'm running eibach coil overs. I've been very pleased with them.
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Old 03-22-2013, 10:08 AM   #22
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Will Pfadt springs off a V8 work on a V6?
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Old 03-22-2013, 02:21 PM   #23
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Installed Hotchkis Stage III kit. Dropped 1". Handles 100% better in corners without the body roll like stock. But the kit added sway bars, strut and sub-frame brace which all contributed to stability. I agree you have to be more aware of road conditions being lowered but wouldn't go back due to how much more fun track time is....
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:36 AM   #24
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Thank you for all this info.
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Old 03-25-2013, 06:27 PM   #25
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Wow, this is alot of great info. I really appreciate everyone's input. Did everyone have to get that timing done on your bushings along with an alignment? did anyone not do the timing and if so any issues?
Thanks again.
I did coilovers so not everything applies directly but... I installed them myself and had the alignment shop time the bushings when it was on the rack. I drove it a few hundred miles to let the springs settle before the alignment. Whether it was the springs breaking in and the preload settling out or the timing of the bushings but the car had some bounce before it was timed and aligned. Others have reported similar results, bounce went away after timing. Since springs don't have adjustable preload then I can only assume the timing of the bushings helped others as it helped me. The more you take the car away from its original height the more you'll have negative side effects if you don't time them.

I would also second doing no more than a 1" drop. Anything else and ride quality suffers along with shock longevity. Unless you only want to stare at your car in a parking lot you won't be happy for long. Or do coilovers and drop as low as you want within reason to not scrape hard parts. I'm only dropped 1" on the coilovers but I did it for road course performance/adjustability primarily. The spring swap itself was actually very easy, didn't even require a spring compressor.
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