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Old 01-20-2016, 02:37 PM   #1
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It doesnít really matter how well a new car is built; to us thereís always room for improvement. Making good better and better best is just how weíre wired. Keep in mind that when GM churns out a performance car like the Chevy SS, their idea of ďperformanceĒ is quite a bit different from how we perceive it. To a GM engineer itís winding down a mountain road on factory rubber. They didnít plan on superchargers, sticky tires, or driving ten-tenths on a road course. The net result is that parts and structures fine for a stock Chevy start to falter when the performance envelope is pushed past a certain point.
One area where improvements can be made is by swapping out key suspension and chassis parts. Remember, GM builds parts based on a car staying stock, and for this the stamped-steel suspension parts are fine. The problem is that they canít cope with the higher side loading encountered during aggressive driving. When loaded, they have a tendency to flex, causing geometry changes, which degrades handling. In addition, the soft rubber bushings used by the factory to ensure a cushy, noise-free ride, deform and further rob handling prowess.
The goal here is to firm things up to keep the handling predictable but not create a car that rides like a floor jack. Also, while these parts were installed on 2014 Chevy SS, the same parts and install procedures work on a fifth-gen Camaro.



01. Here are the bits from Granatelli Motor Sports that will get our SS up to snuff in terms of handling. If they look familiar itís because the Chevy SS and fifth-gen Camaro use many of the same suspension parts.




02. The stock rear suspension on the SS is fine for a stock car cruising the streets, but if harder driving is the plan, the stamped steel stuff just isnít going to cut it.



03. Itís fairly easy to see how much stronger the new boxed, chromoly steel trailing arm (PN 500058) is compared to the stamped steel stocker. The big benefit is that caster settings wonít change under hard cornering, and also will help eliminate wheelhop. We went with the fluted, greaseable, low-deflection polyurethane (durameter 80) bushings that are far superior to the rubber OE bushings.



04. The trailing arm was a direct replacement for the stocker, which made installation a snap. A bit of grease on the poly bushings made sliding them into place easier.



05. The toe rodís job is to hold and maintain the toe settings of the rear wheels, similar to how tie rods do it up front. When cornering, the stock toe links can flex up to 0.600 of an inch on either side, making it impossible for the rear tires to maintain a flat contact patch in the corners. Granatelli replaces the stock toe links with 1.25-inch chrome-moly tubing and greaseless rod ends utilizing a standard thread left and right thread design. This eliminates all flex and deflection, ensuring the contact patch stays true regardless of how aggressive the car turns. The new tubular toe links (PN 50056-A) are much stronger and employ rock-solid spherical ends. They are fully adjustable so the rear toe alignment angles can be easily dialed in. Like the trailing arms, they were a direct replacement for the stock parts.



06. GM loves their stamped steel. Again, items like this tunnel crossbrace are fine for the street, but under hard track driving they tend to twist out of shape. The stock seat box support provides virtually no structural rigidity however. It often flexes and bends like a pretzel in sharp corners and even going diagonal into a driveway.



07. Granatelliís solution is this replacement G-Load Brace (PN 500075). The tubular (1-inch diameter 0.125-wall steel construction) brace wonít flex under hard load and greatly stiffens the chassis while reducing body roll.




08. Working in tandem with Granatelliís G-Load Brace is their K-Member Support Bracket (PN 500072), also known as an A-arm Support. This bar triangulates and supports the front K-member, which reduces flex and helps to keep the front square. Think of it as an antisway or twist bar for the frame. By extending all the way across the front of the chassis it turns the ďKĒ shaped crossmember into a reverse looking ďDĒ shape. Oh, later we realized that the bracket was on backwards and that the flat, vertical side should orient toward the rear of the car.




09. Like all GM cars, the SS suffers from large wheel gaps. But like many things, itís a problem easily solved with some cash and a selection of tools. Here you can see a stock height SS on the left and a dropped one on the right.



10. First up was popping the hood to get to the top of the strut towers. You can also get a peek at the Whipple supercharger that dramatically boosts the power output of the SSís 6.2L LS engine.




11. We then unbolted the strut from the suspension and removed the assembly from the car.



12. The front spring is installed under quite a bit of tension, so a spring compressor was used. If you donít have one, most suspension shops will help you out for a few bucks.



13. The Granatelli Motor Sports Lowering Spring Kit (PN 500023) helps rid GM cars of the ď4x4Ē look they come with from the factory. The stated drop is 1.25-inches for the front and 1.40-inches for the rear.



14. After installing the new springs on the stock struts, we once again used a spring compressor and reinstalled the assembly back under our SS.



15. The rear coilover shock assembly was unbolted from the top and the lower control arm.



16. Unlike the front strut assembly, the spring on the rear isnít under nearly as much tension and can be carefully disassembled without a spring compressor. But, if you have one, use it.



17. To accommodate the drop, we trimmed about 2 inches off of the plastic dust sleeves on the rear shocks.



18. Here you can see the new spring assembly next to the stock arrangement.



19. The coilover assembly was then slid back into place and secured using the factory bolts.



20. Since we had the car apart, we took this time to upgrade the rotors to Granatelliís high-performance versions. They start out with virgin Brembo rotors before they are heat treated. They cross-drill then slot them before going to heat treat and then douse them in either black zinc or silver zinc coating. Slotting helps to dissipate gas pressure buildup under hard and/or prolonged braking, while dimpling helps in the cooling effect to ensure a great pedal feel. Granatelli reports the stopping distance (60 to 0 mph) goes from a stock 105 feet to under the magic double digit of just 99 feet.
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Ride height is no longer an issue when you get the Granatelli Motor Sports' Lowering Spring Kit for the 2014 Chevrolet SS. Get rid of the factory "4x4" look, but retain the factory ride comfort. The lowered ride height also helps with performance as the car will be able to hug those turns; which the factory springs wouldn't allow.

The drop in the front is 1.25".

The drop in the rear is 1.40".
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Customer Feedback on Granatelli springs vs Competition


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For starters I want to say im a dealer for both Granatelli and Eibach and going to give my honest feedback. If anyone has seen my other rides over the years you guys can say im a suspension nut and this car was no different. I wanted to test both Granatelli and Eibach and I did

Height lowered
On 265 35 20 front and 295 35 20 rear my car is at 27.5 front and 27 3/8 rear from ground to fenderlip. The eibach in both cases was higher. NOTE my front tires are 1/2 inch taller than stock and my rear tires are 1.5 taller then stock.

Ride Quality
Im happier with Granatellis springs period. Much better ride over bumps and the response on the springs im very happy with. The car did get stiffer but not to a point where its bad to ride in. The Eibach Spring rate I was just not happy with.

Cornering
In either of the 3 modes the Eibach springs didnt feel as good to me. Just the rebound on bumps as well as compression the Granatelli took them much better.

Long Commute or rides
With Granatelli springs I have not scraped the front lip and still leaves enough room in front of the car to get onto driveways. I have a big incline at work and no issues

Final thought
People might say granatelli springs are to low and I can say thats not the case. My mom has driven my car with no issues as well as my father and they are in their 70s. Going to the store or to church my mom has back issues and she said it rides fine. That alone is enough for me. If your scared that the Granatelli springs will be to low dont be.



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I assume the springs will fit G8's also or is there a difference?
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How do these springs work with magnetic ride control on the 2016/2017's? Im assuming it messes with the calculations etc.
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How do these springs work with magnetic ride control on the 2016/2017's? Im assuming it messes with the calculations etc.
we have sold 50 sets and so far we have had Zero problems
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we have sold 50 sets and so far we have had Zero problems
I have a 14, so magnetic ride doesn't matter to me. Yet, from a cursory glance through another forum, Springs alone are not a good for magnetic ride. Ive seen some mention of a pin involved in mag ride discussions. Granatelli may have sold 50 sets, but that 5o sets is likely focused to years before mag ride. Specifically 14s.
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I personally have an SS with MAG ride. I have 50,000 miles on my can i drive canyons every day and I'm not easy on the car have had ZERO problems.

I have also installed 5 spring sets on Mag ride and 10 non mag Zero problem
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More springs in stock in 2 weeks
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