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Old 07-31-2016, 02:48 PM   #1
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Dropped it!

Lowered her 1".

Helped Reichler do his 2SS a few weekends ago and talked my daughter into getting the same set of Pfadt AFE Control springs from iD CARiD. She ordered them last Sunday, they showed up Tuesday. $295



I picked up a set of external spring compressors from Advance Auto Tool Loaner Program, but didn't need to use them. There's very little compression on the front springs and none on the rears. Charlie was able to push down on the springs while I zipped off the upper nut with my impact gun. Same thing putting the new springs over the struts and shocks.

I got the car up on our Ranger Quick Jack (Charlie and I went halves on it a year or so ago) Friday evening, pulled the wheels, and hit all the nuts we'd be removing with Liquid Wrench. This is a daily driver 2012 with 61,000 miles that sits outside 24/7/365.

I got started about 8:00 Saturday morning and had the driver's side front corner off and disassembled before Charlie arrived to help at 8:45.

On his post he states it took us 4 1/2 hours on his car. We had Michelle's done and on the ground by noon with a one hour break to take his Dad's GTO out to get inspected. Experience, air tools, and the correct size ratcheting box end wrench made quite a bit of difference. 3 hours vs. 4 1/2 saving 3 full man hours the second time around.

With the stock springs:
RF 26 3/4"
LF 27"
LR 27 1/4"
RR 27"

With the Pfadt springs:
RF 26"
LF 26"
LR 25 1/2"
RR 26"

Before:


After:


Before:


After:


It rides a little stiffer overall, and a bit tighter when turning, otherwise the ride's close to stock.
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Old 07-31-2016, 02:58 PM   #2
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Did you also change the stock shocks and struts? I did mine myself also and took around the same time second time around. Aight the stock shocks/struts it slammed pretty hard when hitting good sized bumps, after changing to Koni street shocks/struts it took it much better, you would still feel the bump but not nearly as hard as with the stock ones. It def handles way better with the whole setup of lowering and new shocks/struts to match.....
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Old 08-01-2016, 05:10 AM   #3
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Kept the stock OEM shocks and struts, they appear to be in good condition yet. They have no signs of leakage and worked fine with the stock springs.
I cut off the recommend 1" from the bump stops and had no bottoming out when hitting any bumps on the afterwards test drive, just as we found after doing Reichler's a few weeks ago.
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Old 08-01-2016, 09:36 AM   #4
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Kept the stock OEM shocks and struts, they appear to be in good condition yet. They have no signs of leakage and worked fine with the stock springs.
I cut off the recommend 1" from the bump stops and had no bottoming out when hitting any bumps on the afterwards test drive, just as we found after doing Reichler's a few weeks ago.


Oh ok, I didn't know of that procedure to cut from the bump stops. Guess I could have saved some money but on the other hand I do still have the stock springs, shocks and struts if I need them. I love the way the wheel gap almost disappears from the wheel wells, looking at the before ride height of our Camaro's make me sorta cringe when I know what they can look like ya know. Overall looks good bro.....




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Old 08-02-2016, 02:46 PM   #5
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Yup, it's amazing how much time we cut off of that one after we did mine and learned a few things along the way.
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Old 08-02-2016, 03:07 PM   #6
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Yup, it's amazing how much time we cut off of that one after we did mine and learned a few things along the way.


And to think how much labor time and rate we get charged when they already know the process.... now I know any thing I believe I can most likely do, I will do it myself just so I won't get ripped off. YouTube university is our friend people hahaha


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Old 08-16-2016, 08:29 PM   #7
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Looks great . Now I just gotta get the courage up to install mine !
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Old 08-16-2016, 08:40 PM   #8
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The drops do not appear to be correct. Have you timed the bushings and done an alignment?
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Old 08-17-2016, 09:45 AM   #9
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You bring up a good point Pete. I never timed mine when I installed my springs. I'm going to do that today.
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Old 08-17-2016, 11:51 AM   #10
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Yea I read that on another thread about re-clocking the bushings because of the new ride height, it's said its a must! Like I said I changed the shocks and struts myself also but this one I must seek a professional as to I don't know what I'd be doing....


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