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Old 01-08-2010, 08:26 AM   #1
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Talking DIY : Install Lowering Springs on 2010 Camaro

I installed a set of Pfadt lowering springs last weekend, and took plenty of photos along the way. Here is the detailed how-to article, hope you enjoy it.



We put the Planet LSX Camaro down, without any insults.
Experience Level Required
Novice wrencher

Estimated Time
2.5 hours without air tools

Tools Required
1/2 drive breaker-bar
1/4, 3/8, and 1/2 drive ratchets
7mm, 10mm, 15mm shallow sockets
18mm, 21mm, 24mm deep sockets
21mm, 24mm wrenches
15mm, 18mm ratchet wrenches
T40, T50 Torx bit sockets
5mm Allen wrench
Razor box knife
Coil spring compressor (optional)
Floor jack & jackstands, or lift

We installed a set of Pfadt coil springs on our PlanetLSX.com project 2010 Camaro SS recently, in order to share the technical details involved in getting your own Camaro closer to the ground. The Pfadt springs lowered the nose of our Camaro by 1 inch, and the rear of the car by 1.25 inches, giving it a level and aggressive stance. The coils have a higher spring rate than the factory coils, which help to reduce body roll during cornering. Ride quality is still excellent, making this a must-do mod for new Camaro owners.

We are pleased to report that doing this installation on a new Camaro is one of the easier cars we’ve worked on, given our extensive experience with other vehicle lowering kits. Be sure to have all the right tools before you start, in order to work more efficiently and safely.

Installation Steps

Rear Suspension – The rear shock strut assembly is held in with four screws around a metal flange at the top of the shock, and one large bolt at the bottom connecting it to the lower control arm. In order to get the shock assembly out, we need to disconnect the outer end of the lower control arm and allow it to swing downwards. This process takes about 35 minutes per side.

1. Working on a level and solid surface, jack one side of the rear of the car up, place on jackstand, and remove the wheel. It is never a good idea to do work with just a jack supporting the car.

2. Loosen all four screws at the top flange of the shock, using a 15mm socket or ratchet wrench. Leave the two outer screws in place, hand tight, to support the shock assembly until it is ready to come out. Remove the two rear screws.

3. Disconnect the swaybar end link from the upper connection point. This requires a 15mm ratchet wrench and a 5mm allen wrench stuck into the center of the stud to keep it from spinning.

4. Loosen and remove the lower shock bolt, using a 21mm socket and 21mm wrench as back-up.

5. Loosen and remove the lower spindle bolt where it connects to the control arm, using an 18mm socket and 18mm wrench as back-up. This will allow the lower control arm to swing down far enough to lift the bottom of the shock assembly out.

6. Remove the remaining two upper shock flange screws and lift the entire shock assembly out carefully.

7. Our spring did not have a lot of tension in it, but we used a coil spring compressor here just to be safe. We’d say it is optional, but without using one expect a “pop” as it comes undone. Just point the shock down the driveway, away from any objects or people, just to be safe. It takes an 18mm wrench and a T40 Torx socket to remove the upper nut on the shock. Pay attention to how all the parts fit together when taking this assembly apart, so it goes back together the same way.

8. With the shock assembly dismantled, remove the dust cover sleeve from the upper shock to find the rubber bump-stop inside. This must be cut down in size, using either a razor box knife or a small hand saw. Cutting instructions were included with the Pfadt kit.

9. Put together the shock assembly, making sure the new coil spring pigtail end lines up with the channel in the upper plate like the factory spring did. The lower end of the spring towards the ground doesn’t have any reference channel, just a rubber ring to sit on. Be sure to reuse these rubber spring isolators, to avoid squeaks and such when driving. The Pfadt coil springs are shorter than stock, so no coil spring compressor is required for re-assembly.

10. Installation of the rear shock strut assembly is just the opposite sequence of the removal process.

Front Suspension – The front shock strut assembly is held in place with one large nut and flange at the top of the shock tower, and two bolts attached to the spindle on the lower side. This process takes about 35 minutes per side.

1. Disconnect the brake line mount from the strut body, using a 10mm socket or wrench. Disconnect the ABS wire from the strut body simply by pulling the rubber boot loose from the mounting tab.

2. Disconnect the upper swaybar link from the strut body, using a 15mm ratchet wrench, and a 7mm socket to keep the stud from rotating.

3. Now the muscle comes into play. Loosen and remove the two bolts connecting the strut body to the spindle. Use a breaker bar and 24mm deep socket, along with a 24mm back-up wrench to get them loose. It felt like ours were installed by a gorilla, they were tight!

4. At this point, the strut is free and hanging by a single bolt at the top of the strut tower inside the engine bay. Pop the hood and remove the plastic nut cap by twisting it counter-clockwise. Use a 24mm wrench or deep socket to loosen only the top nut. Get a buddy to assist with catching the strut in case it falls out once that nut is removed. Once the nut and associated flange are removed, the strut is ready to be pulled out from the bottom. Do not be tempted to remove the second nut found under the first one, that comes later.

5. With the strut assembly removed from the car, now it is time to remove the coil spring. Use a 24mm wrench to loosen the nut, and a T50 Torx socket inserted into the stud to keep it from turning. We opted to use a spring compressor here, but the spring really wasn’t in much tension. Same as before, expect a “pop” if you do it without a compressor. Pay careful attention to the sequence and direction of each part removed, so that it goes back together the same way.

6. With the spring removed from the strut, remove the rubber dust boot by simply sliding it upwards off of the strut body. Inside, you will find the rubber bump stop. This bump stop needs to be cut down, using the box knife, as per the instructions found in the Pfadt kit. After cutting, put the bump stop and dust boot back on the strut assembly.

7. Install the Pfadt coil spring on the strut, aligning the lower pigtail with the groove in the lower coil spring tray found on the strut. No coil spring compressor required here, simply re-install the retention cap and 24mm nut.

8. Installation of the front shock strut assembly is just the opposite sequence of the removal process.

We recommend that you have a four-wheel alignment done as soon as possible, as lowering the car most likely changed the factory settings. Here is a link to Pfadt's recommended alignment specs. Now go out and enjoy your improved handling and killer stance, thanks to the Pfadt coil springs!


























http://www.planetlsx.com/tech/How_To...010_Camaro/131

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Old 01-08-2010, 09:03 AM   #2
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Nice article.....that's going to help out I'm sure.

Any way to do something similar for installing the Sway Bars?
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Old 01-08-2010, 09:42 AM   #3
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Yes, I'll do a separate write-up on swaybars once I have a set. I plan on documenting every modification made to this Camaro.

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Old 01-08-2010, 10:01 AM   #4
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Excellent write up
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Old 01-08-2010, 10:25 AM   #5
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great freaking write-up!
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Old 01-08-2010, 10:48 AM   #6
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Nice informative write up! This is nice to allow members to try and be more hands and or a better understanding of the process.

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Old 01-08-2010, 11:51 AM   #7
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Awesome Nine Ball, great write up! no i wonder how bad they shoot off without a spring compresor? lol
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Old 01-08-2010, 12:00 PM   #8
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Very nice... Look forward to the entire read when I get home tonight.
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Old 01-08-2010, 12:00 PM   #9
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Not bad, we "test fired" one of the front ones. The springs really aren't compressed much at all. You can rent spring compressors for free at most large auto parts chains, like AutoZone or O'Reillys

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Old 01-08-2010, 12:04 PM   #10
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Tony, great stuff! Thanks for this write-up and the detailed pictures. You should take some time to post some glamor shots of your Camaro's new look.
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Old 01-08-2010, 12:46 PM   #11
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I'll have better pics in a week or so, but these will do for now.







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Old 01-08-2010, 01:34 PM   #12
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Yeah nice write up... Thanks for the info
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Nice informative write up! This is nice to allow members to try and be more hands and or a better understanding of the process.

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Once mine ship out, i plan on a DYI in my driveway for sure! looking for them soon.

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Not bad, we "test fired" one of the front ones. The springs really aren't compressed much at all. You can rent spring compressors for free at most large auto parts chains, like AutoZone or O'Reillys

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hahah i like the test fire! Yeah i suppose a stop at the local auto zone wont hurt much. On the 4th gen. damn i did one without a compressor and watch out, put a nice chunk in the side of my garage.
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I miss the big trees of H-town. Pics looks awesome! Didnt you have have some black IFORGED 22's on that car before??
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Old 01-08-2010, 04:44 PM   #15
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Tony,

Nice documentation of the job. I tried doing mine 2 weeks ago and for the life of me I could not get the front strut 24MM bolts/nuts to break loose. I had an 18" breaker bar (about the longest I could get inside the fender well) and still couldn't get them to budge. I really did not want to use the air gun on it either. So its at the suspension shop today getting the Eibach Pro springs and sway bars put in. Should be ready in about an hour

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Don, then you definitely witnessed the "Gorilla" tight statement I mentioned, LOL. Those two bolts were TIGHT. We did the install with hand tools on purpose, to see if it was a task that anyone could do. I had air tools handy, but we didn't use them.

g-townmach, pics with the 22s maybe next week. I needed the car to look kinda stock in this article, to give a more accurate visual to those contemplating the mod.

D1BADZ, those 4th gen front struts are fun, right? Those easily test fire about 40 feet across the concrete, lol.
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y not use an air gun?
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y not use an air gun?
Not everyone has air tools. Obviously you can do it faster with air tools but to make the writeup work for the majority of the "do it yourself" type, hand tools were used as they're more common in the garage for most.

The 24mm were VERY tight. Need a good breaker bar for sure!
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Great write-up! I have been debating tackling this job and w/ these pictures and explanation I think I am good to go!
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Any place I can get torque specs on the bolts?

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We couldn't find the recommended GM torque specs, but I will dig them up based on bolt size/grade.
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Hey Tony/Ron,

The torque specs that we use are the following:

Front:
Spring perch retaining nut : 65 lb-ft
Strut to spindle bolts: 95 lb-ft
Sway bar endlink fastener: 33 lb-ft
Upper strut nut to chassis: 68 lb-ft

Rear:
Upper spring perch retaining nut: 35 lb-ft
Lower contol arm to spindle: 35 lb-ft
Lower control arm to strut: 65 lb-ft
Upper strut mount to chassis: 35 lb-ft
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Hey everyone, just wanted to follow up Tony's great write up with a link to our website where we have our own install procedure document, as well as a link to Tony's write up. Let us know if there are any questions! Thank you.

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Old 03-17-2010, 09:27 PM   #25
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This is an excellent write up. Used it today ad swapped out everything in 3 hours in my garage using jack stands. I put the 1" Eibachs on and the stance it PERFECT! Don't be afraid of this install because it' cake. Along the same skill level as an intake!

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