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I am looking to drop my Z06, right now it is lowered on the stock bolts..not low enough, i though i bought a race car? not a 4x4. Anyways, i hear that by cutting the front bushings and putting in the longer rear lowering bolts i can have the look im looking for. I would just like to know from those who have cut the bushings and lowered it using this method how the ride is. Is it horrible? If its just stiff and firm i can deal with the harder ride since it's a race car for the street anyways :thumbsup:

I dont want to stretch the cars limits but i would just like it dropped a little more. I dont want to damage the suspension by doing this. I am going with the pfadt products but i need a quick fix for the time being.

Thanks, Patrick:cheers:
 

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Patrick, I did cut my stock bushings and install longer rear bolts when I first got my Z and needed a little less elevation. I didn't notice any negative effects from doing so, but I am sure that with the amount of drop attained, that the stock shocks would not hold out for long. Fortunately I don't drive the Z much, and not too long afterwards, I switched to LG's. You shouldn't have any problems, but a long term drop using that method will probably leave you with some poor performance.

BTW, you DID buy a sports car. One of the best for the $$$. ;)
 

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Thanks EFI-1 for the reply. I was thinking of cutting 2/3 off the front bushings and using longer bolts in the rear. I dont want a slammed look, just a look that has the tires closer to the fenders. As of right now i can fit 3 fingers between the tire and fenders all around, i would like to minimize it to 1 finger all around.

I know all to well this is the best car money can buy, hell it's the only car my money would buy, the C5 Z06 has been my dream car since i was 14 years old..the dream has finally come true! :thumbsup:
 

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I cut 2/3rd off the front & cut the top ring off the top bushing in the rear, [the thickest one] for a point of ref. my fender wells are 1 in. above the tires front & rear. 26 in. from ground in front & 27 in. in rear. It has been this way for about 3 years now & no problems! I didn`t even have to get aligned & the tire wear is perfect. The ride might be a bit more stiff, but I like it that way. :cheers: `03 Z.:cheers:
 

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Thanks Dennis, I will most likely be doing your exact set up, seems to fit my needs perfectly. This site is soo helpful, f*ck that other site, they banned me cause i asked what polish to get the swirls out!
Long Live DC!:partyon:


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Mine is lowered on Bilstein sports and has very little clearance...the Bilstein sports make the ride even lowered as good or better than stock.
 

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Take the front adjusting bolts out completely.....keep the stock bolts in the rear and cut the bushings on the rear bolts. I have the bolts to where they are about 3 threads left from the top. Saves you money on rear bolts and I didnt feel much ride difference at all.
Taking out the front bolts completely can be an aquired taste...alittle firmer than cutting the bushings.

This is front bolts removed and stock rear bolts with cut bushings in rear:

http://www.digitalcorvettes.com/corvette-photos/showphoto.php/photo/53155/size/big/cat//ppuser/55470

http://www.digitalcorvettes.com/corvette-photos/showphoto.php/photo/53156/size/big/cat//ppuser/55470


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Take the front adjusting bolts out completely.....keep the stock bolts in the rear and cut the bushings on the rear bolts. I have the bolts to where they are about 3 threads left from the top. Saves you money on rear bolts and I didnt feel much ride difference at all.
Taking out the front bolts completely can be an aquired taste...alittle firmer than cutting the bushings.

This is front bolts removed and stock rear bolts with cut bushings in rear:

http://www.digitalcorvettes.com/corvette-photos/showphoto.php/photo/53155/size/big/cat//ppuser/55470

http://www.digitalcorvettes.com/corvette-photos/showphoto.php/photo/53156/size/big/cat//ppuser/55470


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:agree: Thats what I did.
 

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There he is.....glad someone see's it my way;)
 

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So the front bolts can be removed without doing any damge to the car? Rough ride i can deal with, this aint no family sedan, its a race car :devil:.

I am guessing the bolts are used for the leaf springs adjustment and ride quality, and when taking off the spring just lays at its lowest, hardest postion.

I ordered the lowering kit from Zip Corvettes with the longer rear bolts and poly front bushings. I'm a first timer on this, so sorry about the newbie questions:huh:. Thanks for the replies guys, i dont know what i would to without DC! :partyon:


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You are going to love the Pfadt Coil-overs. My car was so low I could not get it up the driveway. I had to drive back to the VCC shop and raise it up a little!
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No front bolts, longer rears 19/20's tubbed
New Pfadt coil overs/Pfatty bars going in this week!


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