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Old 11-04-2008, 05:14 PM   #1
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Lowering the Camaro

This is the stance I love in a muscle car. What do you guys think about dropping the camaro this low for an every day car? Also how much lower is this than the stock camaro?
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Old 11-04-2008, 05:17 PM   #2
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This is the stance I love in a muscle car. What do you guys think about dropping the camaro this low for an every day car? Also how much lower is this than the stock camaro?
You had better get some smaller mufflers because those ones would be gone within a day in real-world driving conditions. Not to mention that damage to the underside with speedbumps, driveways and parking garages. Ever hit a poorly aligned overpass on a freeway? Put your Camaro this low and you'll likely become good friends with your chiropractor.
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Old 11-04-2008, 05:39 PM   #3
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id say its a good 3 inches. there should be no problem doing that with a lowering spring kit. thats what i plan on doing to mine. i love a nice low ride no matter how rough it is . it handles so good.
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Old 11-04-2008, 05:42 PM   #4
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Hard to say how much it's been lowered, those appear to be smaller diameter tires. You can bet money tho that at that height you'll want hi-rate springs to keep the dirty side off the asphalt. That's a kindey buster...It does look hot tho.
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Old 11-04-2008, 07:19 PM   #5
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That car is running 18's with a fairly low sidewall, so you've lost height there. That car, if you look underneath it in the rear shot, also has mufflers hanging about 2 inches off the ground. Get a ruler and measure out two inches. That's probably at least 3 or 4 inches lower than stock, because the car has to have some semblance of ground clearance.

In short, daily driver? Absolutely not.
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Old 11-04-2008, 07:36 PM   #6
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what are the arrow pointing to onn the front and back bumper
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Old 11-04-2008, 07:39 PM   #7
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The arrows indicate where the tow hooks are.
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Old 11-04-2008, 07:59 PM   #8
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what are the arrow pointing to onn the front and back bumper
Tow hook
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Old 11-04-2008, 09:39 PM   #9
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Old 11-04-2008, 10:24 PM   #10
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You should lower it a little, but that is just way to low.
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Old 11-04-2008, 10:44 PM   #11
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I daily drive a 1999 C5 FRC... if you look in my sig, you'll see the car next to my 2002 Z28... its low enough that if you put your foot underneath the car, you kick the frame... I have no problems driving it anywhere, I just know that if there are speed bumps that are too large, I can't go in there... so I make sure and keep a careful eye out for road debris, uneven pavement and larger than average speed bumps or speed bumps that do not have an approach to them.

if you know how to drive it, you can drive a lowered car almost anywhere... its all about knowing your machine and knowing the limits of your abilities.
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Old 11-05-2008, 11:54 PM   #12
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Like silverturtle has said you just have to be more careful when driving. Your vehicle will no longer be able to straddle those dead animals, instead you will be scooping it up and relocating it further down the road.

My civic is lowered 2 inches and haven't had any series problems. I just upset a lot of people because I go over speed bumps slow and they want to dukes of hazard over them in their suv's.
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Old 11-06-2008, 12:21 AM   #13
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I was concerned about the lowering capabilities of the Camaro as well. I'm actually thinking about more of a hunched stance for mine, lowering only the front of the car to give it that drag look. The GS Racecar is indeed insanely low, those mufflers are almost scratching the road. Lowering one and a half to two inches should give you the aesthetic you're looking for while still enabling a moderately normal driving experience.
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Old 11-06-2008, 12:22 AM   #14
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so if this was a 3.5 inch drop do you think the 2 inch pedders kit will be streetable?
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Old 11-06-2008, 12:39 AM   #15
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so if this was a 3.5 inch drop do you think the 2 inch pedders kit will be streetable?

It's not lowered 3.5, it's lowered to the Koni Challenge rules limit of 3.5 inches of ground clearance.


If it were lowered 3.5 inches, the car would scrape on everything at factory ride height.
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It's not lowered 3.5, it's lowered to the Koni Challenge rules limit of 3.5 inches of ground clearance.


If it were lowered 3.5 inches, the car would scrape on everything at factory ride height.
so then the question stands, do you think a 2inch drop would be feasible?
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Old 11-06-2008, 01:26 AM   #17
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The car is pretty frikin low already. I would think anything over an inch would have you commonly bottoming that beauty out. I do so with my Mazda annoyingly often, and it isnt exaclty skimming the ground.
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Old 11-06-2008, 08:10 AM   #18
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Don't forget the fuzzy ball trim around the roof line when you lower it!
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Old 11-06-2008, 08:16 AM   #19
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Don't forget the fuzzy ball trim around the roof line when you lower it!


I'm thinking about a 1" to 1.5" will be the limit for a more streetable GT style car.

I wouldn't go more than 2 in.

And you can keep the fuzzy ball trim. I'll take the fuzzy dice and a chain steering wheel.

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Old 11-06-2008, 08:27 AM   #20
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I'm thinking about a 1" to 1.5" will be the limit for a more streetable GT style car.

I wouldn't go more than 2 in.

And you can keep the fuzzy ball trim. I'll take the fuzzy dice and a chain steering wheel.

"low ri der. get a little highya"

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Old 11-06-2008, 09:37 AM   #21
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so then the question stands, do you think a 2inch drop would be feasible?
Well, to judge that I'd have to take a couple of measurments on the car in person. It's not so much the ground clearance on a 2" drop, but the tire-fender clearance. I think a 2" drop would give you enough ground clearance, but you might tuck the tire and have to roll/cut your quarters or bash in the inner fender well. Again, we don't know the offsets on the factory car and exactly how flush the General is making those rims. I personally also don't know the suspension geometry and how the wheel is going to travel when compressed. It could camber in hard under compression and clear the lip by inches.


Personally I say a 1.5" drop is plenty for the car, it's fairly low as is. 2" on stock 20's runs the risk of looking stupid and dumped.
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Old 11-06-2008, 10:46 AM   #22
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Personally I say a 1.5" drop is plenty for the car, it's fairly low as is. 2" on stock 20's runs the risk of looking stupid and dumped.

Come on now 2" drop on stock 20's will look amazing, These cars will come riding high as all camaros have been off the manufacturer line for years. my 94 stock camaro looked like a monster truck before I lowered it.

2" is perfect!!!!!!!!!
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Old 11-06-2008, 11:34 PM   #23
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Come on now 2" drop on stock 20's will look amazing, These cars will come riding high as all camaros have been off the manufacturer line for years. my 94 stock camaro looked like a monster truck before I lowered it.

2" is perfect!!!!!!!!!
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Compare 2009 Camaro SS Tire-to-fender clearance and offset to that of your LT1 4th Gen.





The LT1 sits about 2 inches higher and the wheels are an inch and a half farther in. Even if you slam a 4th gen on stock rims, you'll never touch the fender lips. The 5th gen is much more flush and you'll most likely rub. A lot of people aren't willing to roll their fenders.
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Old 11-07-2008, 09:31 AM   #24
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5th gen drop = 1.5" for me.

This has actually been a helpful discussion for me...

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Old 11-07-2008, 01:40 PM   #25
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If indeed those cars from INDY have the suspension (production) we will get there will still be a ton of clearance, and look at your POV, take a pic of the 5gen lower closer the ground for a true comparison and you shall see
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