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.
12. The new camber plates bolted in just like the stockers.
13. We then assembled the front QA1 struts; the washers and bearing rings went on as shown.
14. And this is how the top of the strut should look once fully secured to the new camber plate.
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.
16. With the spindle cleared, we were able to finish installing the new strut.
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.
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 We also decided it was time to update the outdated rolling stock on the Z28.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.
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.
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.
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!