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Want new suspension..what exactly do i need?

This is a discussion on Want new suspension..what exactly do i need? within the Suspension and Handling forums, part of the General Help category; Originally Posted by Guerrillakilla13 Ah dang thanks for the heads up. How does BMRs springs compare? Are they much better? ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guerrillakilla13 View Post
    Ah dang thanks for the heads up. How does BMRs springs compare? Are they much better?
    They are somewhat similar to Strano springs that people like quite a bit, and ride well for a lowering spring. The rates are around 550lb/in front and 175lb/in rear, with the right shocks able to keep you off the bump stops which really helps. Hotchkis springs are also a good choice, and provide about a 1" drop.

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    I don't mind the lowering too much, I just want a much smoother ride. Believe it or not, my 02 v6 camaro convertible I used to have had such a great smooth ride to it, and it was pretty good with performance..than again it didn't have much to work with with that small 6 cylinder motor haha

    Ws6 store has the bmr f body springs for like 249. I didn't see hotchkiss on there.. good price?

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    Yes, that's a good price. I believe Strano's are similarly priced.
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    Im gonna have some stock ws6 suspension laying around soon if your interested

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    Very cool friend ill do more spring research and find out if BMRs are better or Stranos..these names are fairly new to me.

    Jetaws6 how many miles does the springs have on them?

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    100k. They have no issues but I am switching over to a set up more suited for drag racing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guerrillakilla13 View Post
    I'm sorry guys Its been too long since I've been on this site, sorry i gotta resurrect the issue.

    I did some research C5Z28 and here's all the info and pictures i have SO FAR.

    -all 4 tires are 275X35 ZR18 95W
    -Spring color is burgundy-ish
    -Bilstein
    -There is no unusual lean on the tires, at least that i notice. But i'll have a mechanic determine that.


    (Pictures below)

    So again i'm just asking what would be the cheapest, or decently priced (whichever best) way to get a smoother ride and lift my ride up a bit to prevent scraping?

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    It looks like you currently have Eibach Sportlines. I think your to low for the Vogtland springs.

    The 93-97 LT1 Eibach ProKit is a good option but Stranos may be your best bet.

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    Jeta, i figure it'll be cheaper for me in the long run to buy BMR springs to run with the Bilstein's; thanks for the offer though.

    BadTA i have no idea what the person before me put in there, but it rides terrible and makes my steering wheel 1000X harder to turn. I was looking into the eibach's but they don't seem to have a very good reputation with LS1's, so BMR is my choice. I really can't decide on Strano's or BMR, but idk something in my gut's telling me to go bmr hahaha can't betray that feeling

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    From what I know...

    Strano did all the testing, lab work, put in the time, etc. to develop his spring and for it to work superior with the Koni shocks.

    A lot of people frown on the BMR springs on sole principle that they took Sam's design and made their own from it.

    This is what I've read on here and over on other sites.

    The spring rate is a little different between the two however.

    BMR's:
    Front - linear design, 550 lb/in - 16lbs per pair
    Rear - dual rate design, 160 lb/in - 12 lbs per pair
    Color - red
    Material - High tensile silicone chromium spring wire
    Made in the USA.

    Strano's:
    Front - linear design, 550 lb/in
    Rear - dual rate design, 100/150 lb/in
    Color - white
    Total weight of all 4 shipped - 28lbs
    Made by Vogtland's proprietary VVS alloy. Made in Germany.

    Both give a 1.25" drop.

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    So Whats a good Strano Koni set up? I've heard they performed well .

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    Sam only sells one lowering spring. The Koni's come in a 4/3 or a 4/4. So there are basically only two different combo's

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    whats the diff on 4/3 and 4/4?

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    4/4's can be adjusted while on the car, the 4/3 cannot.

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    so iguess its a pretty good set up. where can this be had?

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    Sam Strano sells the springs and the shocks. I don't know if any sponsors here sell them or not. I would just Google search and see what you find for the cheapest.

    I think I paid around $1200 for the springs and 4/4 shocks, and that was on sale.

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    thank you.

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    For $1200, why not pay the extra $150 for an AFCO double adjustable coilover setup?

    I talked to Madman Racing and they put together a kit for me for just under $1350.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ls1camino View Post
    For $1200, why not pay the extra $150 for an AFCO double adjustable coilover setup?

    I talked to Madman Racing and they put together a kit for me for just under $1350.
    I think that has to do with reputation. AFCO, QA1, Strange, and Varishock all have the reputation of being drag race oriented. Penske, K&W, Koni, and Bilstein are known for ride and handling.

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    Strano's and Koni's are more expensive than BMR and Bilstein aren't they? And from what I've heard both combo's perform similarly well.

    LS1Camino, if your talking to me, i have no idea what that is. I'm still new to the world of suspension, i only understand Shocks and Springs at this point. That and I need to save up some cash for college. Lees02ws6 has a point too, im looking parts that have great reputation with ride and handling.

    The BMR's came in so I cant wait to get them put on. 520 for labor and alignment, and i have this odd feeling that I'm about to get ripped off.. hmmm

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    $520 to put on shocks and springs is REALLY high. The rear's can be done in about 45 minutes.

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