Installing a QA1 Coilover Kit

Coilover Conversion Play

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Stock And Qa1 Camber 2/22

11. The QA1 struts require the use of their camber plates. As you can see the TIG-welded QA1 camber plate (PN CPK106, $230 a pair) is a lot beefier and has added adjustability. It also incorporates a specifically engineered asymmetrical bearing that improves load distribution and will hold up to hard use without loosening up like OEM bearings.

New Camber Plates Bolted 3/22

12. The new camber plates bolted in just like the stockers.

Qa1 Front 4/22

13. We then assembled the front QA1 struts; the washers and bearing rings went on as shown.

How Strut Looks Once Fully 5/22

14. And this is how the top of the strut should look once fully secured to the new camber plate.

Grind Spindle Before Bolting 6/22

15. Before we could bolt the strut onto the spindle, we had to grind the spindle down a bit. The process was grind, test fit, grind, and test fit until there was adequate clearance.

Finish Installing New 7/22

16. With the spindle cleared, we were able to finish installing the new strut.

Tape Measure For Even 8/22

17. We couldn’t dial in the ride height until the Camaro was on the ground, however, we used a tape measure to get both sides even.

Falken Azenis Fk453 9/22

18. We also decided it was time to update the outdated rolling stock on the Z28. For this we chose a set of Falken Azenis FK453 tires in 275/45/17 wrapped around CTW wheels. The Falkens have a tread wear rating of 300, making them perfect for those who want a long-lasting performance tire. The 17x9.5-inch CTW Motorsports wheels are made specifically for third-gen Camaros and will clear most big-brake kits. The wheels come in your choice of silver or satin black and tip the scales at a just over 20 pounds a piece.

Monster Lug 10/22

19. The CTW wheels require a smaller diameter lug nut to be used due to the smaller lug pockets. We opted for these 12x1.5mm Monster Lugs. These are constructed out of forged steel, so they’ll hold up to any abuse we can throw at it. The Monster Lugs also come in a range of colors, but we chose basic black.

Don Lees Alignment 11/22

20. With everything installed, we rolled the Camaro over to Don Lee’s alignment rack and got the specs in check before taking our new combination on the road.

Finished Chevy 12/22

21. In addition to providing enhanced performance, the CTW/Falken combo really improved the looks of the Camaro. We saw a huge aesthetic benefit from being able to lower the ride height. Better performance and better looks, we would call that a day well spent!

Sources

Don Lee Auto
Cucamonga, 91730
909-989-1573
www.donleeauto.com
Falken Tire
Fontana, CA 92335
800-723-2553
http://www.falkentire.com
QA1
Lakeville, MN 55044
800-721-7761
http://www.qa1.net
Monster Lugs
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
562-946-6820
http://www.monsterlug.com

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