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1968 Camaro Ridetech suspension (review/issues)

Had a thread under a different topic, so thought I'd share my reviews, issues, and photos here.

I previously had all stock: coils w/spacer, kyb shocks, and multi-leaf springs. The ride height was good/aligned. I also had 235/45/17 & 275/40/17 tires. After asking for help choosing a suspension kit, many advised that my rear tire setup would cause rubbing etc.. so I downsized the rears to 245/45/17.

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I ended up getting the Ridetech StreetGrip suspension, and just had it installed. Overall, I can't explain how happy I am with the handling/comfort difference.

However...the only issue that's causing me pain is finding the best solution to align the ride height. Currently, the front is too lowered compared to the rear.

I've been asking around, and speaking to some of you. I've been told to go with lowering blocks and some suggested to just get 2" leaf springs from summit.

Note: The ridetech leafs are mono, and my perches are multi-leaf.



I'm about to order the Ridetech 1" lowering block for Multi-leaf, but looking at photos below..I doubt the 1" will help align the height much. This is what it looks like now.




I spoke with Ridetech, since they have this photo below of the streetgrip with the height aligned, yes meatier rears but still perfectly aligned. They suggested to go with the 1" lowering block. The other reason is the quarter in my car is rounded vs this 69..




What options would you suggest on doing to get the ride aligned as close as possible.

Just hoping to get more additional feedback on here, and photos of similar setups.

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Try the 1” lowering blocks. Do not change the leaf springs. You will destroy the ride quality given by the composite leaf spring.

If that doesn’t get you there a full tank of gas likely will. A slight forward rake will look fine.

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I think the 1” blocks will help you in the back. Is the vehicle realigned to the new Ridetech specs? Have you driven it much? If not the springs (especially the rear might settle. I would use this pic for your reference because there is a slight difference between 67-8 vs 69. Having trouble attaching a picture at the moment but look at the other pic in the add for the green 67/8 for new measurements.

https://www.ridetech.com/application...etgrip-system/

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Re: 1968 Camaro Ridetech suspension (review/issues)

1" block will only lower 1/2" so I think you'd be good too. Love my street grip too. Wish mine was 1/2" taller in back. I'm hoping the front settles just a tad.
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1" block will only lower 1/2" so I think you'd be good too. Love my street grip too. Wish mine was 1/2" taller in back. I'm hoping the front settles just a tad.
Really? Are you sure?

Pretty sure if you push the diff up one inch the car will drop one inch. At least that has been my experience.

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Try the 1” lowering blocks. Do not change the leaf springs. You will destroy the ride quality given by the composite leaf spring.

If that doesn’t get you there a full tank of gas likely will. A slight forward rake will look fine.
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Yeah, not planning to change them.


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I think the 1” blocks will help you in the back. Is the vehicle realigned to the new Ridetech specs? Have you driven it much? If not the springs (especially the rear might settle. I would use this pic for your reference because there is a slight difference between 67-8 vs 69. Having trouble attaching a picture at the moment but look at the other pic in the add for the green 67/8 for new measurements.

https://www.ridetech.com/application...etgrip-system/
Sorry, what do you mean by realigned to ridetech spec? I wan't informed, just installed with no re-alignment. I've driven it for 2 days, not too much.

and yeah, the photos in the Ridetech website look different. Even the front of their cars is not as lowered as mine is.

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1" block will only lower 1/2" so I think you'd be good too. Love my street grip too. Wish mine was 1/2" taller in back. I'm hoping the front settles just a tad.
Is that true, 1" will only lower 1/2"? .. if that's the case then I probably need to go with a 2" to drop the rear and have it as closely aligned as the fronts.

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1" lowering block will lower it 1".

Are you front tire rubbing at all?

If so you can use some coil spring spacers to raise the front a litlle in addition to the 1" lowering blocks to get a better stance.

They come in different sizes from 1/2" to 1"

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1" lowering block will lower it 1".



Are you front tire rubbing at all?



If so you can use some coil spring spacers to raise the front a litlle in addition to the 1" lowering blocks to get a better stance.



They come in different sizes from 1/2" to 1"



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So looking at my rear gap visually, 2” might get it to where I want. I’ll measure it once im home.

Yes, fronts rub when going over a bump or unever surfaces.

I used to have spacers on my stock coils, wouldn’t the spacers affect the coil performance, harsher ride? Or it doesnt


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So looking at my rear gap visually, 2” might get it to where I want. I’ll measure it once im home.

Yes, fronts rub when going over a bump or unever surfaces.

I used to have spacers on my stock coils, wouldn’t the spacers affect the coil performance, harsher ride? Or it doesnt


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The old spacers you had twisted into the spring between the coils.

The one I posted from Summit go under to coils and do not affect ride quality.

I would lower the rear 1" with the blocks and raise the front 1/2" to 3/4" with the spring spacers. Will make it sit more even and will stop the tire rub.
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The stance of this car has me seriously questioning Ridetech’s engineering and/or quality control. I had a similar issue with a Street Grip package for an A body car.

Surely they can do better or at least include the lowering blocks in their kit. Not sure what to make of the front being too low.

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The old spacers you had twisted into the spring between the coils.

The one I posted from Summit go under to coils and do not affect ride quality.

I would lower the rear 1" with the blocks and raise the front 1/2" to 3/4" with the spring spacers. Will make it sit more even and will stop the tire rub.
Oh i see, yeah the old one i had looked scary lol. Ok then, I think i'll stick with the 1" block rear, and go with a 1/2" upfront

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Oh i see, yeah the old one i had looked scary lol. Ok then, I think i'll stick with the 1" block rear, and go with a 1/2" upfront

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Be careful. A 1/2” spacer up front will raise the front of the car 1”.

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The stance of this car has me seriously questioning Ridetech’s engineering and/or quality control. I had a similar issue with a Street Grip package for an A body car.



Surely they can do better or at least include the lowering blocks in their kit. Not sure what to make of the front being too low.



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I wish I knew they offered the lowering block kit. Completely missed it on their website.



Regarding the front, other than it sits way lower than rear. Too low: no gap, fender covering part of the top tire, plus the rubbing.

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Be careful. A 1/2” spacer up front will raise the front of the car 1”.

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I think i'll keep the fronts as is. The rubbing is only from bumpy roads, not while driving or taking a hard corner.. so I assume that's not tooo bad. i hope.

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