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Old 04-28-2014, 03:09 PM   #1
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Negatives to lowering Camaro?

I've been contemplating lowering my 2014 1LE anywhere between 3/4"- 1" in order to get it closer to the Z/28 stance. However, aside from of course driving over speedbumps and driveways, I've heard other negatives like the ruining the length of life for my shocks. I was looking into purchasing the BRM 1" lowering springs:
http://www.bmrsuspension.com/?page=p...&productid=836

I wanted to hear feedback on whether I should or not. My girlfriend already hates the ride on my 1LE sayings it's too "rough", but I figured this shouldn't be that different.
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Old 04-28-2014, 03:51 PM   #2
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That's a true statement about reducing the overall life of the factory shocks/struts. However, it's hard, if not impossible, to calculate just how long they will last. Some people have lowering springs and their factory components last for years, others aren't so lucky, and only get a few months out of them. I suppose it depends on how many miles you have on them already. With a 2014 1LE, I think you'd probably be safe for quite a while without having to worry about it. Also, you can expect a little stiffer ride with lowering springs. Probably not enough to worry about, but they do have a higher spring rate over the factory springs. I hear very, very few complaints from our customers who have made the switch!!!
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Old 04-28-2014, 04:42 PM   #3
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I have my BMR 1" springs ready to go. My only concern is dragging my headers, but I'll get over that as soon as I see it
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Old 04-28-2014, 04:48 PM   #4
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I have my BMR 1" springs ready to go. My only concern is dragging my headers, but I'll get over that as soon as I see it
I had BMR 1" drop springs on my car with AR Headers and never had a problem.
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Old 04-28-2014, 04:49 PM   #5
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Rides stiffer and scrap my lower front splitter allot on driveways. That's about it for me. I went with BMR 1.4"/1" split kit.
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Old 04-28-2014, 05:05 PM   #6
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You change the roll center which usually makes the overall effect a poorer handling car.


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Old 04-28-2014, 05:18 PM   #7
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Car sits lower.
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Old 05-02-2014, 12:51 AM   #8
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Car sits lower.
That's a positive.
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Old 05-02-2014, 10:42 AM   #9
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I have bmr 1.4 all corners and it sits pretty well. But the ride is stiff. I had it for almost 2 years and shocks are still good. I will swap it though with a coil over because I need the car to be lower.
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Old 05-02-2014, 11:39 AM   #10
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Suspension geometry can be compromised and the negative camber gain from suspension can turn into negative camber loss.

In other words you can end up with a mean looking stance but your geometry works backward from design. The other negative is lower roll center.

At the number your looking at your probably OK for the geometry.
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Old 05-02-2014, 04:14 PM   #11
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You change the roll center which usually makes the overall effect a poorer handling car.
so you are telling me now that I have just intalled 1" BMR drop springs, that my car is going to handle worse??
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Old 05-02-2014, 04:39 PM   #12
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Yes, that is usually true.


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Old 05-02-2014, 04:50 PM   #13
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I did BMR 1.2 inch drop on my car and it handles much better. A lot less body roll and no fighting with understeer.
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Old 05-02-2014, 04:58 PM   #14
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Eibach 1 inch drop, certainly feels like it handles much better, ride quality relatively uncompromised as well. I have never heard drop springs making your handling worse...

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