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Hey. Just picked up this camaro... trying to get a feel of what needs to be done to it... before i go crazy ordering parts i dont need, i have a few questions...

Here is a couple pics of what is currently on it...





Does this appear to be a stock set up?

Should i consider upgrading it?

This is what i want... I will be running 18x8 and 18x9 wheels, and want a nice lowered stance... looking to do occasional driving, nothing too heavy. Ive looked at both the hotchkis tvs and ridetech complete packages. And while nice, they are pricy....

What components should i be replacing?
 

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Also is that a spring space going on in the front coils? Should i be concerned about it?
Yep, looks like it. Cheap way of fixing a sagging coil. I had them as well. Took them out and replaced the springs. You probably need to figure out where you want the car to ride and address the front and rear at the same time before spending any money.
 

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It appears you have coil over shocks on the back to lift the rear and coil spring spacers on the front. Although neither will lift it much, you might try removing the spacers on the front and the coils from the shocks on the rear to see what you have.

Don't know how low you want it, if you are talking lowering it 2 or 3 inches, removing these will not get where you want to go.

Small block or big block car?
 

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It appears you have coil over shocks on the back to lift the rear and coil spring spacers on the front. Although neither will lift it much, you might try removing the spacers on the front and the coils from the shocks on the rear to see what you have.

Don't know how low you want it, if you are talking lowering it 2 or 3 inches, removing these will not get where you want to go.

Small block or big block car?
Small block...

Right now i sit 26 1/4" in the front and 28 1/2" in the rear.... i want to try to the lowest possible while still being driveable on the 18's....

What in your opinion is the best budget route? I really dont need the full ridetech set up do i?
 

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Small block...

Right now i sit 26 1/4" in the front and 28 1/2" in the rear.... i want to try to the lowest possible while still being driveable on the 18's....

What in your opinion is the best budget route? I really dont need the full ridetech set up do i?
Ridetech? No, you can do lots on the cheap. As has been said, remove some of what you have and see where you are height wise. $750 will buy you a lowering leaf setup for the rear...blocks to fine tune, and lowering springs for the front fine tuning with spacers..if needed.
 

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Small block...

Right now i sit 26 1/4" in the front and 28 1/2" in the rear.... i want to try to the lowest possible while still being driveable on the 18's....

What in your opinion is the best budget route? I really dont need the full ridetech set up do i?
Ridetech? No, you can do lots on the cheap. As has been said, remove some of what you have and see where you are height wise. $750 will buy you a lowering leaf setup for the rear...blocks to fine tune, and lowering springs for the front fine tuning with spacers..if needed.
Thanks... im familiar with Hotchkis springs... in your opinion, are these still decent? Is there a superior front and rear springs others are running ?
 

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Thanks... im familiar with Hotchkis springs... in your opinion, are these still decent? Is there a superior front and rear springs others are running ?
Hotchkis has great setups and very popular. You could also look at Detroit Speed and Global West.
 

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DSE and GW are relatively expensive.

If it was mine I'd go with the full Ridetech Street Grip package. Springs, shocks and sway bars for $2500.

Going 18/8 and 18/9 make sure to get correct back spacing or it will rub. Tire size will also be a factor in both the ride quality and clearance.

I suggest at least a 35 sidewall anything less will make the ride too harsh. 285 on the rear will probably be ok and maybe squeeze a 245 on the front.
 

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DSE and GW are relatively expensive.

If it was mine I'd go with the full Ridetech Street Grip package. Springs, shocks and sway bars for $2500.

Going 18/8 and 18/9 make sure to get correct back spacing or it will rub. Tire size will also be a factor in both the ride quality and clearance.

I suggest at least a 35 sidewall anything less will make the ride too harsh. 285 on the rear will probably be ok and maybe squeeze a 245 on the front.
I meant to type 18x7 and 18x8... The 18x7 I believe has a 4" bs and the 18x8 has a 4.5" bs... Do these sound right to you?
 

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I meant to type 18x7 and 18x8... The 18x7 I believe has a 4" bs and the 18x8 has a 4.5" bs... Do these sound right to you?
Yes. Make sure you can find tires in the sizes you need before you buy wheels. 17s also work well and look good. Easier and less expensive to find wheels and tires that work too.
 
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