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Old 11-19-2003, 04:20 PM
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Hi Im a newbie to the board. Looking forward to talking to you all. There seems to be a great deal of knowledge here. Anyways I'm trying to set up my camaro to be able to handle corners and lane changes. I plan to do a two inch drop in the front with spindles, and have no ideas on how to lower the back correctly. Is there any kits available out there? As you can tell I dont have a lot of suspension experience, so can anyone tell me some other modification I can do to the car that will help me. Any help would be appreciated.

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There is so much STUFF out there for these cars you can build yours anyway you like.
To get you started turning your Camaro into a corner burner look into a complete set of poly-graphite bushings for the suspension. Global West has lowering kits, tubular control arms, subframe connectors and complete suspension packages as do many other aftermarket suppliers. Dropping the back can be done with blocks or new"lowering" leaf springs and upgrading the anti-sway bars to larger units will also help. Shocks come in different sizes , valving and adjustabilty. do some online searches and be prepared to spend some money if you really want to get serious...
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Like astro said, the sky's the limit with your car. There's kits for almost any type suspension upgrade you can think of, so it all depends on what you'd like to spend. If money is tight (which is the case for 99% of us here), I would start with stance (just because it looks cool). You have the right idea with the drop spindles, and if that's not low enough, maybe go with another inch drop springs. The springs will most likely be a little tighter making it turn tighter. Also like astro said, the rear can either be blocked or new leafs, but new leafs would be better because they would be tighter than the old saggy's. Then I would do the poly bushings all around. These little things will all make a great difference to your ride, but there's still much more that could be done. The next would be to get sub-frame connectors to stiffen it up, and then there's tubular control arms for even more stregth and adjustablilty. This is already a lot of money, and to get any further goes into a change of suspension type (like from leafs to coil overs or even a truck arm susp). So that should keep you busy for the next few months, if not longer. Good luck!

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Check out this site:
http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homep...suspension.htm

and there's a good 1st gen. tech forum at:
http://www.camaros.net/cgi-bin/forum/ultimatebb.cgi
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What is the tubelar control arms?
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I have a 68 Camaro that I have set up to handle quite well. Like everyone else said, the aftermarket makes about everything for these cars. Here is what I run on my car: Hotchkis 2 inch lowering springs & leaf springs, 1 1/8" sway bar, Global west tubular A arms with their del a lum bushings (these are great), Edelbrock shocks, fast ratio steering box (2.5 turns lock to lock), and solid body mounts. For wheels/tires I run a 245/40/17 in front on a 8 inch rim, and 285/40/17 in back on a 9.5 inch rim.
As far as lowering the car goes, I would reccomend using springs over lowering spindles because the springs will tighten up the front suspension. This will reduce body roll which causes possitive camber gain on 1st gen Camaros (where the top of the tire starts leaning out of the fender in a turn). For the rear, I would go with a dearched spring from global west. They lower the car, and can eliminate wheelhop at the same time. Also, if the front end components on your car are worn, they should be replaced. This will make a big difference. Hope this helped a little.
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