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This is a discussion on Lowering Camaro within the Suspension and Handling forums, part of the General Help category; I am looking to lower my Z to have a nice ride hieght for some 275 40 18 out back ...

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    I am looking to lower my Z to have a nice ride hieght for some 275 40 18 out back and some 245 40 18 in the front. Doesnt have to be the best performance suspension out there. I am just looking for something inexpensive right now to give it a good ride hieght. any suggestions?
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    I replaced my factory springs with Vogtlands from J&M. Very good price, the springs are beautiful to behold. My car literally grabs and drags every thing it runs over. The ride is taught to outright jarring but that is the price to have a car that looks cool as hail and feels like I have to step up to get out of it.

    With your 13.3 radius from the axle the Vogtland 1.2 lowering springs will drop your car just a little below the factory ride if my math is right. A drop of a little less than an inch is a good thing as I have to admit, it's nerve racking driving my car on these streets. It's just a matter of time until punch a hole in the undercarriage or worse. A friend did $3k damage to his lowered SS hitting a chunk of iron sitting on the road.

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    How much will something like that go for?

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    Click on the J&M logo and it will take you to the website. I see the lowering springs are $177.50 shipped. You might want to replace your front struts because they have to come out when you swap the springs. I just bought a pair of Gabriels for $40 shipped. An unusual bargain but you can easily stay under $300 if you shop and do the work yourself. There are web pages that detail the installation process.

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    i'd say keep stock springs, get Koni SA front shocks (using the lower perch location) = lower ~ 3/4"... gets better handing and confort.
    for the rear, get Bilstein shocks and do the hose mod ~ 3/4" drop.
    car will handle much better and really good damping/confort too... while not costing you too much.
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    I got the Eibach pro-kit and like it. I think the ride height is just about perfect.

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    but doing springs like Eibach Prokits require shocks as well... both might be $$$ and out of budget.... what is your budget ?

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    Lowering a car the right way is not cheap so you may want to save up until you can afford to do it good and not go with just cheap stuff in order to have it done and want to re-do it again later.

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    how much would the kit go for?

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    my car scrapes just leaving my driveway with the stock height. do you guys scrape on everything or what?

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    It's amazing how GM figured the optimum clearance from the factory. Before I dropped my car a measly 1.2 inches I could straddle all road debris and only scraped my air dam occasionally. Now everything makes contact. A thin heat shield from someones catalytic converter was captured and dragged over a mile under my car when I was caught in a four lane rush hour drag race on the freeway. If I have to straddle a dead cat I can expect a sickening thump when passing over. A small section of exhaust pipe with clamp made so much noise when I couldn't avoid it that I had to pull over and inspect for damage. I love the car lowered but I'm not optimistic that I won't regret it one day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schrysler View Post
    how much would the kit go for?
    which kit are you alluding to ?

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    how bad do you think wheel rub would be with some 18" rims and a 1" drop? I figure the extra inch in the rim might make up for the drop and make it look lower?

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    i'd keep the same OD (overall diameter)
    245/40-18 in front works.
    275/35-18 would be better for the rear, instead of the 40
    the lowering of the car shouldn't affect the fact that it's 18... since the wheel + tire are same sizes.

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    Good advice.

    A 275/35/18 = 25.6 inch diameter
    A 275/40/18 = 26.6 inch diameter

    A 275/35/18 = 275/40/17 tire diameter

    Just by going with the 40 percent profile on an 18 inch wheel you will raise the axle .5 inch.

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