Get all the ben­e­fits of af­ter­mar­ket sus­pen­sion mods without for­feit­ing the war­ranty

Chevy High Performance - - Contents - TEXT: Tay­lor Kemp­kes | PHO­TOS: Nick Li­cata

Get all the ben­e­fits of af­ter­mar­ket sus­pen­sion mods without for­feit­ing the war­ranty

Have you ever bought a new car and had the itch to slap on some af­ter­mar­ket up­grades but then re­al­ize it would toss your pre­cious war­ranty out the win­dow? You’re not alone. In fact, it’s a pretty com­mon predica­ment, es­pe­cially for those of us who are into look­ing good and go­ing fast. Luck­ily, Chevro­let caught on and de­cided to of­fer some trick parts via Chevro­let Per­for­mance that, if dealer in­stalled, won’t void your war­ranty. It re­ally is as good as it sounds.

As it turned out, our lo­cal Chevy deal­er­ship, Guar­anty Chevro­let in Santa Ana, Cal­i­for­nia, was plan­ning to bolt on some Chevro­let Per­for­mance sus­pen­sion parts on a brand-new 2018 Camaro 1SS so we de­cided to tag along. And by tag along we mean we got to take the Camaro out for a drive be­fore hand­ing it over to Richard Grable, one of their su­per knowl­edge­able techs, to in­stall the new parts. Af­ter­ward, we got to take it for an­other “spir­ited” drive, so es­sen­tially, we got to have all the fun—it’s a tough job but some­one’s gotta do it.

In Part One of this two-part se­ries, we’re fo­cus­ing on the han­dling in the form of sus­pen­sion and brake up­grades. Re­plac­ing the stock sus­pen­sion com­po­nents will be 20mm lower springs, up­graded shocks, and beefier sway bars all the way around. Brembo 14.5-inch, two-piece slot­ted ro­tors and six­pis­ton calipers with pads will take the place of the stock units up front, while the rear gets new Brembo four-pis­ton calipers.

Af­ter the in­stall, we took the SS out for a drive over nearby canyon roads and were pleased to find the Camaro felt even more taut and con­trolled than be­fore. Although the car felt planted and body roll was min­i­mal, the over­all ride qual­ity was pre­served—it still felt plenty com­fort­able for daily driv­ing du­ties. The dif­fer­ence in brak­ing per­for­mance was less since we weren’t hot-lap­ping the Camaro on a road course, but there’s no doubt in our minds that the new setup would cer­tainly stave off brake fade much bet­ter than the stock units when be­ing driven at 10/10ths. And we can’t for­get the looks—the 20mm low­er­ing springs gave the Camaro just the right amount of drop for a more ag­gres­sive stance, but not so ag­gres­sive to scrape on ev­ery drive­way or park­ing lot speed bump. Oh, and the bright-red Brembo brake calipers peek­ing from be­hind the fivespoke alu­minum wheels are a nice touch, too.

So now that you’ve got an idea of what you’d be get­ting if you opted to have all this in­stalled by the dealer on your 2018 Camaro (pre or post pur­chase), keep read­ing and we’ll show you what it takes to re­place the old, new with the new, new.

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