Are these factory shocks/ strange feel
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03-15-2010, 11:32 PM #1
Are these factory shocks/ strange feel
I'm trying to decide if the shocks have ever been replaced on my son's 01 Camaro. It has been doing some weird side-to-side shake (instead of the normal up-down expected response) when the rear would hit a dip and putting the 19" C6 wheels on has really amplified the strange feel. The tires were really worn that were on it so I didn't worry a lot about it until we got the other tires/wheels on this afternoon and test drove it. Now I'm hoping it's a bad shock, if not, what else could it be?
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03-15-2010, 11:36 PM #2
Yes DeCarbons are factory shocks.. You may have a bent rim.. Could be a bad tie rod or ball joint.. Can you tell if the shacking is comming from the front or back? Does it get worse under braking?
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03-15-2010, 11:54 PM #3
There also could be a drive shaft balance issue..
03-15-2010, 11:59 PM #4
It's not a shaking/vibration, it's when you hit a dip in the road instead of the car dipping up-n-down as expected, it has a side-to-side feel almost like one shock is working and the other is not or ???? It did it before we installed these wheels/tires, it just seems more amplified now because these tires don't have sidewalls or tire lean to help absorb the feeling.
03-16-2010, 12:15 AM #5
Last edited by Smittro; 03-16-2010 at 12:20 AM.
03-16-2010, 07:05 AM #6
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- 35th Camaro SS/LE Vert
17" wheel & tire to a 19" wheel & tire also means more weight the stock shocks have to deal with could be why it's amplified the problem. Now you have to find out why. Follow Smittro's advice. How many mile on the car?
03-16-2010, 11:29 AM #7
NOW, what's a good shock
03-16-2010, 11:44 AM #8
Got a budget in mind ?
SLP Bilsteins $410, and If there within you budget Koni SA's $750 to $850
Last edited by Blue28; 03-16-2010 at 11:59 AM.
03-16-2010, 12:09 PM #9
Or another set of standard shocks other than Decarbons. If you don't care for the expense of big name brands. I run KYB's not too pricey and work well with the lighter 3800 f-bodies..
03-16-2010, 12:37 PM #10
I was wondering about the KYB's, just need a good quality shock. Not really worried about how it might help the cornering. Thanks Blue, I had actually searched some previous posts and saw some of your suggestions after I asked for info.... Good stuff
03-16-2010, 12:57 PM #11
03-16-2010, 03:01 PM #12
I haven't read all the responses but it sounds like your panhard bar is loose. Sometimes the bolt hole ovals out on the passenger side.
03-16-2010, 10:30 PM #13
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03-27-2010, 07:25 PM #16
Well, I replaced the rear shocks today and while I can tell it's better, the problem is still there. Are there bushings in the trailing arms(??) that might be worn maybe cause this type feeling. Or I was wondering if we might have a bad spring. I'm
03-28-2010, 05:45 AM #17
03-28-2010, 11:54 AM #18
03-28-2010, 05:21 PM #19
When my car felt like how you are describing yours to feel (swaying back and forth) on the V6 Camaro at highway speeds I could physically move mine around a little even though the bolts were tight. When I loosened it I found that the bolt hole in the bracket was a little egg-shaped. I ended up welding 3 thick washers to the backside of the bracket and then bolted it back up. Problem solved.
03-28-2010, 06:08 PM #20
Which side did it egg-shape the hole on? I even tried moving the axle left an right while it was jacked up and didn't feel any play.
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