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Old 08-07-2013, 10:21 PM   #1
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Lowering & struts/shocks

I'm sure this has come up before though I didn't see anything in my quick search of the forums...

I'm about to lower my 2011 coupe 1.5 inches with SR springs (and panhard bar). My car has 28K miles on it and the stock struts seem solid. I realize I'm probably in for an upgrade soon but wondered how much of a risk I am of blowing these out, given my mileage. Thoughts?
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:12 PM   #2
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Replace shocks and springs together.

That being said, you are probably ok for now.
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Old 08-08-2013, 03:35 AM   #3
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You will be just fine but the will be some "popping" and "squeaking" sounds coming from the front struts and they will wear out faster but they will be just fine for a few years and it's not a very complicated process to change them out just time consuming. Think about getting some sportlines also, I find that even with the roads in South Georgia I rarely have any trouble even with my front spoiler. Here are a few picks of the drop...

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Old 08-08-2013, 05:49 AM   #4
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I've got 51K on my stock struts. They are fine. When a strut fails, it will weep oil; this is visible by it being seen on its sides. It will then be time to change.

Save your coin until they are ready. Until then, leave them in place.
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Old 08-08-2013, 08:28 AM   #5
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I was looking at the SR and Ford Racing lowering springs as well, but read this on the fitment section at American Muscle:

"They will also fit 2011 and newer GT & V6 Coupes when used in combination with Ford Racing M-18183-C upper strut mounts and M-18000-A dampers (sold separately)."

So, do you have to get different mounts as well?

The Eibach, HR and Steeda lowering springs don't require new mounts according to AM's fitment section for these springs. Just doing some research on the subject.
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Mustangdawg - thanks! You're absolutely right about the figment issues on the newer models. I'll probably go with Eibachs.
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Mustangdawg - thanks! You're absolutely right about the figment issues on the newer models. I'll probably go with Eibachs.
Yeah, I agree. The SRs are $150 and the mounts are $110 for a total of $260. I don't know how much the dampers are for a pair. The Eibachs and HRs are about $250, which looks like the better deal. Still can't go wrong with AM. It really helps to read all the fitment details when it comes to all the after market stuff.

Also, you can get a 10% rebate on the Eibachs on AM and if you PM one of the AM reps, they might give you an additional 6% discount code. That would make for a very nice deal.
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Stack Racing springs

I installed the SR springs "rear only", I will wait till struts wear to install the fronts. Lowering really helps correct the roll center from the factory stance.
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I installed the SR springs "rear only", I will wait till struts wear to install the fronts. Lowering really helps correct the roll center from the factory stance.
Just as a point of reference I have a 2000 gt and the struts haven't worn out yet
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