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Old 10-02-2012, 08:39 AM   #1
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Suspension mods. Best?

What's the best suspension mod to do first? I know a lot about the engine mods (they are in every friggin post) but suspension & hookup are just as important. Anyone ? Thanks
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For drag racing for cornering?
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For drag racing for cornering?
I would say drag but if its possible both lol
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Coil overs upper and lower control arms
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If you want an awesome suspension, do coil overs with lca's, uca's, caster camber plates and a strut tower brace. That's based off of research not experience. My car I was running the Eibach pro lowering kit with Steeda Caster cambers, but my next S197 is going to have the setup I mentioned.
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If you want an awesome suspension, do coil overs with lca's, uca's, caster camber plates and a strut tower brace. That's based off of research not experience. My car I was running the Eibach pro lowering kit with Steeda Caster cambers, but my next S197 is going to have the setup I mentioned.
Whats the benefit of going with coil overs instead of just upgraded shocks/struts?
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Coilovers are overkill if your goal is just to have a solid and lowered pavement pounder. Grab a decent set of springs, I went with the FRPP K springs, they lower the car 1.5" front and rear and keeps the factory looking rake. You can replace the current shocks/struts with any aftermarket factory replacement part, adjustable or non-adjustable is up to you, you can get a set of Koni STR.Ts for under $400, they aren't adjustable but they stiffin up the ride and keep you from bottoming out on a lowered spring.

If you drop the car low enough, you may need camber plates to get the front alignment back into spec so you aren't ruining your tires. I never trusted the camber bolts, they do a similar thing as far as adjusting camber, but are far less reliable and tough bumps or potholes can throw off your alignment.

Replacing the factory rear lower control arms with aftermarket tubular arms (non adjustable) will get rid a lot of wheel hop on a lowered or factory height car, so they're a good investment all around. Some people get wheel hop even with control arms after lowering their car because of the change in suspension geometry, mainly the angle of the rear lower control arms, so relocation brackets may be needed to fix that if you lower it.

Also, for the most part on these cars, when lowering, you'll need an adjustable panhard bar to realign the rear end between the fenders as lowering it on the factory bar will cause the rearend to shift to one side.

If you have any questions or need something cleared up, let me know. I've lowered two S197s already, mine and my roommates. Mine for show and some performance, but his is an STX autocross competitor.
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