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Old 11-15-2015, 06:52 PM   #1
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I love my new PFADT 1.4" lowering springs - pics inside

I installed a set of the PFADT 1.4Ē lowering springs on my 2012 SS and man these things are great. At first I was a little hesitant on modifying the suspension as I didnít want to compromise ride quality.

I can tell you hands down, if youíre looking to lower your Camaro, go with the PFADT springs as they give you the perfect stance and my ride quality is the same as stock!

I took my time installing these springs (by myself) on a Saturday afternoon and it took me ~6hrs start to finish including taking about 3 breaks in between. This was the first time Iíve ever done any type of suspension work and on a scale of 1 (easiest) -10 (hardest), I give the install a 2. The instructions included are great and anyone with a simple set of tools and small amount of mechanical ability wonít have any issues at all.

Go order yourself a kit, here is the one I installed - http://store.afecontrol.com/afe-cont...-camaro-10-15/

Here are some of the highlights and pics

Rear before
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Front and rear together (after install)
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Make sure you secure on jack stands before you get started
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Donít want to bloat this this thread with install insctructions as they are very detailed with the kit. Rear removed

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Heres the rear taken apart:

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Make sure to go rent yourself a spring compressor from your local auto parts store, here is the PFADT rear spring installed:

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Heres is the rear PFDAT spring installed on the car

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Rear is done, note: I am running 275x35x20ís on the rear so about .5Ē lower profile tire compared to stock, on to the fronts.. (IMO the rear was the hardest)

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Taking out the frontÖ

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Spring compressor time!

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First front spring installed! Now donít forget to go get yourself an alignment once youíre done drooling over your new stance!

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Old 11-16-2015, 08:17 AM   #2
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Old 11-16-2015, 08:36 AM   #3
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I've read on here that a spring compressor really isn't needed, is this not true?
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Old 11-16-2015, 09:00 AM   #4
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I've read on here that a spring compressor really isn't needed, is this not true?
I didn't use a spring compressor when I did the springs on my 2012 SS. I did some research and saw a few videos and found out the spring compressor is not necessary. I was a little skeptical when I heard this but it is true. There is very little pressure on the stock springs. Also with the lowered replacment springs it is not necessary to compress them to install them on the stock struts. I do have a compressor but it can be done without it.
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Old 11-16-2015, 09:04 AM   #5
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I've read on here that a spring compressor really isn't needed, is this not true?
You can easily do it without one.
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Old 11-16-2015, 09:10 AM   #6
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Old 11-16-2015, 09:27 AM   #7
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How did you time your bushings??
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Old 11-16-2015, 01:12 PM   #8
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You can easily do it without one.
Agreed, you can take the spring off without a compressor (just makes it ALOT easier if you have one), just a little bit of compression on the stockers, doesn't scare you too bad

However, you will need someone to help getting the new spring on without a compressor, I couldn't do this by myself.

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Old 11-16-2015, 01:16 PM   #9
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How did you time your bushings??
Not sure what you mean, can you explain a bit more?

Also, I did trim my bump stops (took off 1"). Its kind of interesting, the Hotchkis install instructions (on their 1" drop kit) didn't mention this, only the PDFAT install said to trim the stops so I did.
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Old 11-16-2015, 06:02 PM   #10
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Loosen the bolts on your suspension bushings so the can find and adjust to your new ride height or they will bind. Because your ride height is now lower. I would think the weight of the car would do this but maybe not!!
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Old 11-21-2015, 06:54 PM   #11
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wanted to add some better pics for comparison. Love my PFADT springs!!!

I think I poke my head inside my garage about 50 times a day looking at my car, somtime I make motor sounds too, kind of like my 4 year old son

any of you guys do the same thing?

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Old 11-22-2015, 10:17 AM   #12
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Looks great!
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Old 11-23-2015, 10:35 AM   #13
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Looks awesome! Nice write up!
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