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Does anyone make lowering springs for the SSR? I'm sure a few of the bigger companies like Eibach or BellTech will soon, but not yet. I want to bring the body down to the top of the tires like the SoCal SSR. I wonder where they got their springs, or if they just trimmed the stock ones.
 
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I was wrong, Eibach does make em'. 1" front and 1.6" rear drop. I was looking for a 2 and 2.5.
 
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Ground Force makes a set, PN 9934. You can get them through Summit Racing for about $230. They're the same setup used for the Indy SSR. 1" front, 3.1" rear. It's just springs so it's easy. You can check the web for the Indy pics and see if that's the look you want.:)
 
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The ground force lowering kit will be installed probably later this week. It is I believe 1.5 / 3" lowered. Will do pics for you.
 

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You WILL be happy with the Ground Force Springs, I've had mine on for over two weeks now and love it! There is no differance in ride but the truck looks better (like it should have come from the factory this way). $202 + S/H from Sumittracing.com
 

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So I can't believe I have to post this:

Where are the pictures????

I've never considered lowering one of my vehicles before, but if your pictures look good, for $200 bucks I'd consider it :D
 
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Yeah, would like to see some pics. So-Cal speed shop is developing a set right now. They said the kit will be available in about a month. They also said it will lower it as much as possible and keep it safe. Probably close to 2" front and close to 3" rear.
Are there any issues with front tire alignment? And, how hard are the front springs to remove? I am not familiar with this type front suspension. I have lowered many older Chevys with coil swap and cuts, so I have the tools and understand how dangerous front springs are. It looks like theres no need to seperate ball joints... just take the coilover mounting bolt loose. Any input is appreciated.
 

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Eibach lowered my SSR back in November. They claimed that it is now lowered 1" in the front and 1.8" in the rear. They(Eibach) are very professional about their procedures and engineering. They escorted me through the factory and described how the go about choosing the correct spring, height,diameter, spring rate,number of coils, etc. Their shop is immaculate and the crew is courteous and knowledegable. I am happy with the ride and handling. It is only slightly more firm than stock, but it corners much better. As soon as I figure out how to attach a digital picture to these threads, I'll show you how it looks. I don't believe there is enough room between the top of the tire and the inner plastic fender well to lower the SSR any more without having interference. Check it out for yourself.
The other modification is the addition of "Chrome wheels". Performance Plus in Long Beach, CA set me up with chrome factory wheels. This is not as easy as it seems. There are but a few sets of factory wheels available in the US that are not attached to a SSR. When that set is available and detached from the tires, it can be sent out to be stripped, polished, plated, chromed, and packaged for shipping. That is the easy part. It is my understanding that the plastic center cap must be cast a certain way that will accept a thin film of chrome. The two dozen plating shops in the Los Angeles/Orange County area all described this process as being performed outside of "Cal lee forn ya", somewhere overseas. I find that hard to believe, but I could not locate anyone around here to perform this miracle! Fortunately, Chris at Performance Plus located the complete set and installed them on my SSR. Mounting, balancing and installation on the SSR ran less than $950.00. I am "stoked"!!! The "catch" was that I had to perform the swap immediately so that my factory wheels could be sent out to be chromed for the next SSR. Chris' number is 562-988-0211 Good Luck !!!!
 

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Chrome is Difficult

It's been my experience that more and more small chrome shops of yore are out of business. It seems the stuff used for various steps of the process is pretty toxic. As OSHA and EPA get stricter and stricter, a lot of companies can't continue operations legally and at a profit...thus shutdowns. If this is true, I would expect our left coast bureaucrats are probably ahead (?) of the rest of us, making it especially hard for Cal companies to compete.

I realize we all have our own tastes, but I was actually struck by how good the satin finish metal looks on the SSR. I would have thought chrome would assist the "retro" feel of the truck (I love the look of the late 40s chevy trucks), but the not-so-shiny finish seemed a subtle touch that takes the "edge" off. I don't think I want chrome on my Redline, but hey...it's all good.

That having been said, I haven't decided how to keep the door pulls and front grill/headlight band clean. The finish seems to show fingerprints even worse than chrome and I'm afraid bugs are going to be hard to get off, come spring. Chrome cleaners are everywhere, but what should we use on the standard finish? Anyone found a good cleaner? Will the Zaino polish recommended on this site for paint work here?
 

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The finish on all the chrome parts is actually a special satin chrome and not paint or other finish.
 

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Hi, Camaro - great looking paint job - l've got a framed photo of the original show truck in purple and yellow on my wall - I thought a purple/orange combination would be a knockout as well. Whose paint, and what color of orange did you use? House of Kolor Candy Tangerine is what I had in mind - looks very similar.
 

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:cheers Whoaaaaaa....I need new glasses. That truck looks awesome. Apparently it was eaier to paint it with the top retracted? What a huge job dismantaling everything.
 
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Hard to tell with it being taken apart, do you have the new springs in there in those pics? Thats gonna be cool when youre done!
 
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The color is House of Kolor Tangelo Pearl

The lowering kit has been applied, hard to tell in the pics

The top was lowered, the SSR was taken apart & the entire vehicle was sanded to delete the orange peel finish from the factory. The factory yellow was reapplied.

The completion of the paint project will be 3/12

Back to the stereo shop was the completion of the interior work, reworked door panels, new stereo, dvd, screen, etc

The truck bed has also been customized to display the chrome NOS bottle; functional hidden NOS bottle placed behind the seats in the metal wall.

More later if you have any questions

Joel
 

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Ground Force Springs

A question for those who have done the spring kit. What kind of alignment issues did you run into? Was there enough adjustment in the front end to get it re-aligned properly? I've already ordered them :) but I'd appreciate knowing what to expect. Thanks

The Kid
 
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