Second Generation Camaro Suspension/Tires/Brakes FAQ
 
Second Generation Camaro
Suspension/Tires/Brakes FAQ

  1. Specific Camaro Suspension information, part #'s, Spring rates, etc...
  2. Component Colors: Inspection marks, labels & Information
  3. Did any Camaros have factory rear disc brakes? I want rear disc brakes!
  4. How do I improve the braking ability of my car?
  5. Is the F41 High Perf Suspension different than the Z28 Suspension?
  6. What are the largest tires I can run on my 2nd gen?
  7. What type of wheels were offered for the Camaro?
  8. I hear older Z28 wheels are different than newer Z28 wheels?
Steering system component colors, inspection marks, labels, etc...

Inspection marks: Coming soon.

  • Steering Gear - blue/gray dark graphite
  • Steering gear cover - natural steel
  • steering linkage sleves - natural steel
  • Steering linkage - cast iron natural
  • Spindle/steering knuckle - cast iron
  • Steering column shaft - natural steel

Click to view full size

Brake system component colors, inspection marks, labels, etc...

  • Power Brake Booster - gold cadmium plated
  • Master Cylinder Lid - gold cadmium plated
  • Master Cylinder - natural cast iron
  • Calipers - cast iron
  • Brake dust sheild -
  • Parking Brake Cables - natural steel
  • Brake Lines - natural steel

Click to view full size
Labels - brake lines


Suspension system component colors, inspection marks, labels, etc...

  • Subframe - semi-gloss black (POR-15)
  • Lower Control Arms - semi-gloss black
  • Upper Control Arms - semi-gloss black
  • Sway bar - natural cast iron gray
  • Sway bar bracket - natural steel
  • Coil Springs - natural steel
  • Leaf Springs - natural cast iron gray
  • Leaf Spring clamps - natural steel
  • Shocks - gray
  • Wheels - *
Click to view full size

Labels - rear springs, Swaybar.


Q: Did any Camaros have factory rear disc brakes? I want rear disc brakes on my car!

A: No. But you have a couple options if you want them:
#1: Some Firebirds/Trans Ams had disc brake rears installed. You can obtain one of these if you look around.
#2: Get an aftermarket kit from someone like Wilwood, Vette-Brakes or the like.


Q: Is the F41 High Performance Suspension different than the Z28 Suspension?

A: In the early 70's, the Z28 suspension was simply the F41 suspension. When the Z28 became more of a handling package in the late 70's, the Z28 suspension differed from the F41 package.

Clarify this - be more specific as to what F41 contained.
Also, 1970 AMA lists a RPO F40 HD fr & rr. suspension. F41 is "special performance" fr & rr. suspension.

To jump to a bunch of suspension information, click this link.


Q: What are the largest tires I can run on my 2nd gen?

A: Using 16x10 inch wheels with a 4 inch backspace on all 4 corners you can run 255/50 16 tires in back and 245/45ZR16 tires in front. This should be able to be done without rolling the fenders. I believe a 295 50 *MAY* fit in back. I haven't tried this though.

Click here to go to the suspension topics on the club message board. Use the "search" function and you'll find roughly 150 examples of wheel/tire combos, offset used, brand, etc...


Q: I hear older Z28 wheels are different than newer Z28 wheels?

A: If you put a straight edge across the wheel with no tire or beauty ring, the inside lip is higher than the outside lip. Where the tire mounts. If the lip on the inside is higher than it's a early style. If the lip is lower than it's a later style. Another quick way to tell the difference is to look at the valve stem. The early wheels have a oval shaped hole around the stem, and the later wheels have a round hole.


Last updated: 10/20/2011
Author: MadMike Maciolek

The Second Generation Camaro Owners Group - Online Newsletter
Return to Camaro FAQ

1997 - 2013 NastyZ28.com (tm)
North Georgia Classic Camaro
All rights reserved