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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old Jan 12th, 13, 08:32 AM Thread Starter
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Brand new to the forum and a brand new Camaro owner. I just purchased the car below about a month ago. I know it isn't a real Z/28, but it is mine!!

I have some initial questions, what your thoughts are. The car has mono/air shock suspension and I want to upgrade it next. I will likely just go with the multi-leaf and springs for an 8 on the front. Curious to see where to go and what to buy.

Second, I am not the biggest fan of the tires. I was thinking of selling the ones on it to buy something different. I was wondering what the sizes were (smallest to largest) and suggestions for which way to go.

Thanks!!

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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old Jan 12th, 13, 08:40 AM Thread Starter
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post #4 of 33 (permalink) Old Jan 12th, 13, 09:15 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you! I am really excited and since "the wife" wanted the car too, I don't get complaints about the money I am spending

I keep going back and forth about whether to "mod" it or just upgrade suspension, brakes and leave it the way it is outside.......You can't tell from the pictures but the tires are over-sized, and I wasn't sure if I wanted to have a more "low-profile" look or just move the tire size back to stock.

I did some small things that aren't in the pictures (new valve covers, new valve and head gaskets, battery tray) but the suspension is definitely going to be first......just looking for some guidance, I am not a mechanic.
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Welcome to the Crew, Chris...you got a Cam, that's all that counts, eh?

As per tires/suspension? What use will the car have? Personally, I'd go with the brake up grade first. And "8 on the front"? Might be thick here, but what do you mean?

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post #6 of 33 (permalink) Old Jan 12th, 13, 09:39 AM Thread Starter
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It won't be a daily driver and it isn't a show car obviously since it was an original 6. I just want to drive the car.......I hope that answers the question.

As far as the "8 on the front" comment, the original springs are on the front, for a 6 cyl and I have seen new front springs for small blocks. The mono springs in the back look a bit weak too and the car is pretty bouncy when driven. I have seen upgrade kits for the front and back, I just didn't want to get the wrong one or a cheap one.

The brakes are on the list too and I may will likely do that with the tires depending on what I do. The current brakes are drum but the car stops pretty well with what it has......so that dropped it down on the list of "first things to do"

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It won't be a daily driver and it isn't a show car obviously since it was an original 6. I just want to drive the car.......I hope that answers the question.

As far as the "8 on the front" comment, the original springs are on the front, for a 6 cyl and I have seen new front springs for small blocks. The mono springs in the back look a bit weak too and the car is pretty bouncy when driven. I have seen upgrade kits for the front and back, I just didn't want to get the wrong one or a cheap one.

The brakes are on the list too and I may will likely do that with the tires depending on what I do. The current brakes are drum but the car stops pretty well with what it has......so that dropped it down on the list of "first things to do"
I figured 8 as the orig, but wan't sure, eh?

As per springs, go to v-8 application, you still might be able to get GM stock, or OEM at least. Multi springs good way to go...with upgraded shocks. Personally, I like KYB, but some think, too stiff. They are good for cornering.

Are you into the "wagon wheel" look , or old school? The 14"/15" tires are getting more limited and expensive to get.

As per the discs? Still would get at the time you choose your style in tires. Lots of discussion in the archives on this topic.

Pray for an early spring!

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post #11 of 33 (permalink) Old Jan 12th, 13, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for compliments!

Glad to see a local too!

I have to do some more research on the suspension; I will probably wait until Spring (no pun intended) to actually make the change. Good cornering is important and I may do power- steering 2nd. I keep going back and forth on the tires. I like the rallies on it now, I just like a sleek look and the really wide rear tires and the height of the rear doesn't do it for me. I also like the lo- pro tires but that's a topic for another day. For now, I just want to zero in on suspension that will improve the ride and handling.Thanks for the help.

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Chris,Welcome to Team Camaro ! Kool 69 Camaro you got.I just north of you in Quakertown PA. I'm a Nova owner on a Camaro site.By the way my 1968 Chevy II Nova SS427 4 speed has 15 inch ralleys all around with Corvette 15x8's in back.I love the look of Ralleys but love Crager SS and Ansen Aluminum Slots. Good luck with your car. Dan
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Nice looking car. Hello from South Jersey.

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Welcome to the forum...from just across the river. Nice looking car.

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