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Old 08-22-2009, 07:46 PM   #1
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My Camaro Pedders Coilovers (xa adjustable), w/ PICS

Finally got my Pedders coil overs and installed them this morning. The installation was very straight forward and the parts were great quality and fit very well. The whole thing took about 4 hours and I did it on jackstands.

The car looks really good now that its sitting on the wheels and the ride is awesome. Although I didn't have a chance to really play with settings their is still a huge improvement over stock! The car feels much more planted and doesn't roll in the turns. I also noticed the visibility seems better now (its sounds weird but believe me) since the car is lower you get a better view out the front window.

Anyway, I couldn't be happier with this setup and I can't wait to start playing with the settings.

Here are some pics (some are really bad quality I think the lens was fogged up, sorry)
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Old 08-22-2009, 07:50 PM   #2
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looks cool
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Old 08-22-2009, 08:06 PM   #3
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Very nice! When and where did you order them?
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Old 08-22-2009, 08:14 PM   #4
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A little blurry but nice...
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Old 08-22-2009, 08:34 PM   #5
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awesome , cant wait to bolt some up !
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Old 08-22-2009, 08:42 PM   #6
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How was the install?
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Old 08-22-2009, 08:53 PM   #7
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I pre-ordered these in December. I also have a bunch of urethane bushings that will be going in soon. The install wasn't bad at all, like I said it took 4 hours including a lunch and I was taking my time to make sure everything was perfect. And I know the pics kinda suck it was extremely hot and humid today so I'm assuming the lens was fogging or something. Tomorrow I will take some clear pics of the car with the new stance and add them to my original post.
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Old 08-22-2009, 09:15 PM   #8
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How much did the kit cost???? If you don't mind me asking......

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Old 08-22-2009, 09:21 PM   #9
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Nice did you get the ride height for Pedders, And do you need any spacial tools for the install.?
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Old 08-22-2009, 10:26 PM   #10
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Old 08-22-2009, 10:28 PM   #11
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Gah! you guys are killing me..... Not making it easy on me while I wait to order my car....
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Old 08-22-2009, 10:37 PM   #12
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can't wait to see better pics
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Old 08-22-2009, 11:14 PM   #13
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Old 08-23-2009, 12:32 AM   #14
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Very nice....definitely interested in pricing and required tooling for the install....oh and some pics that didn't look like they came from a camera requiring a flash cube. j/k
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Old 08-23-2009, 09:11 AM   #15
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clear pics. . .
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Old 08-23-2009, 09:21 AM   #16
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Even more pics!! I really should have cleaned the lens yesterday lol. No special tools are required, all you need is some good socket sets and air tools make it go alot quicker but you can definitely get the job done without them. I also used a torque wrench for some bolts but again I wouldn't consider it a necessity.

I ordered early to get the special "December dollar days" pricing but it looks like right now the coil overs are $1500 on the website. Again, the quality is impressive and I think they are worth the money.

I will post back after some more driving with my impressions but so far its a night and day difference. There is still understeer though but you can change that with your right foot if you want to, I believe the understeer will not go away unless the tires are changed to a non staggered setup. Personally I like the wider tires in the rear and will keep it that way and live with the understeer.
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Old 08-23-2009, 10:06 AM   #17
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WOW...Bro that is impressive. Very very nice. Just out of curiosity, what was the December "sale" pricing? Maybe a group buy could get the same sort of deal?
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Old 08-23-2009, 10:07 AM   #18
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Thanks for the pix! Looks great! I can tell you that running the 20X9, 275x40's up
front,"shedding the stagger" will NOT lose the understeer. Nor will throttle correction. I am convinced that this is going to be a complicated set up to achieve optimum track performance. My confidence is with Pete and his test drivers. I know what they are after. And that is to eliminate this weakness. I will be following they're lead on this issue rather then to guess with my wallet.
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Old 08-23-2009, 10:26 AM   #19
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Believe me throttle correction loses the understeer real quick. . . if you have the balls to do it lol. You can go from understeer to oversteer using the gas pedal, I havn't "tracked" this car yet and when I do it will be at a drag strip. This method of driving may not get you around the track the fastest buts its alot of fun!!

I want to do 315 out back and 275 up front with the 20" rims. I also havn't done sway bars yet but I will as soon as I decide who's I want. I think the sway bars will improve the understerr as well.

P.S. this is my daily driver so I have to be concerned with ground clearance. This morning I drove over a speed bump (i'd say its one of the larger ones) and my headers were just barely scraping. I went very slow but hit it dead on, I did not hit it at an angle. Basically I do not think groud clearance is an issue for me and I will leave her at this height.
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Old 08-23-2009, 11:03 AM   #20
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On road course driving you cannot go in on the pipe. Your either braking and/or using compression to set up the exit. That is why, specifically the understeer needs some geometry correction and additional stability. Yes, sway bars will help some.
I too have clearance issues living on a dirt road. I wont be able to drop mine as you have as a street driver. When I hit the track I will be adjusting them down.
Thanks for your experience!
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bars will definitely help i with the understeer. car looks amazing can't wait to do mine. also, what did you use just by looking at your drop it looks fairly modest compared to settings a couple of pedders cars we've seen i love the stance though best so far
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Maybe its just the pics but it seems like there is quite a bit of neg camber? Just an Illusion?
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Old 08-23-2009, 03:28 PM   #23
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Maybe its just the pics but it seems like there is quite a bit of neg camber? Just an Illusion?
I see it too... looks to me like the front especially.

Wheel -axle- Wheel
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Old 08-23-2009, 04:04 PM   #24
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No way I'm getting Pedders! They make your car look all blurry

No, really....the stance is bad ass!

Good job Pedders....
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Old 08-23-2009, 05:16 PM   #25
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yup there is alot of negative camber in the front. The front camber is adjusted by loosening the two bolts that hold the front strut to the knuckle and then moving the knucke in or out since the holes through it are slotted. In the pics its set to the max negative position. Im not sure yet where I'm going ot set it, I am going to increase the negative camber in the back though.

And the ride height can be set about a half inch lower all around than it is in my pics, it can also be set about 2 inches higher. I used the installation guides recomendation for the ride height and so far i'm happy with it. I think it could go down a half inch without the tires hitting the wheel wells but I might start hiting more speed bumps and things. I don't think i should go any lower.
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