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Old 11-19-2013, 03:46 PM   #1
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So I purchased some SR lowering springs (1.5 inch drop all around) and have 20k miles on my 2012 v6 Pony. I have stock suspension, and am worried how long the stock struts and shocks will last with the SR springs on there. I know they will wear out faster, but how fast is "faster". I have looked around a bunch and have tried to figure it out, but I just can't get a definitive answer. I know there is no definitive answer to be had, but am I looking at 1K miles or 20k more miles till blow out? If I HAVE to, I can probably get enough money together to get better struts, but I was planning on doing Eibach sway bars with the new SR springs, not springs and struts/shocks yet. I want to at least use my stock struts/shocks as long as possible, but I also don't want them to blow out in a few months.

Anyone have any guess at how long they should last? They are 230 lb/in in the front and 200 in the rear.
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I've been looking the same info up but I keep hearing to get better shocks/struts the 1st time. No point in doing the work 2x a couple of months apart!
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True, but I also don't mind doing the work in a few months. My dad has a lift so its not a big deal to do work. I would rather get springs and sway bars for now, as I really think I could benefit from sways. But, blown struts sounds like A LOT less fun than sway bars. lol.
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True, but I also don't mind doing the work in a few months. My dad has a lift so its not a big deal to do work. I would rather get springs and sway bars for now, as I really think I could benefit from sways. But, blown struts sounds like A LOT less fun than sway bars. lol.
Put on the sways now and wait until you get the money for the struts and shocks. That way, everything will ride more evenly.
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Put on the sways now and wait until you get the money for the struts and shocks. That way, everything will ride more evenly.
You don't think the stock struts will blow too fast? I really do want to get the sway bars, but I REALLY don't want blown struts. If they should last about 10-20k more miles on the SR springs, sway bars it will be!

Any idea how long they will last?
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Do your sway bars and control arms first. Then do your struts/strut mounts/springs/shocks/adjustable pan hard bar all in one run. It'll be worth the wait if you can hold out.
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Shocks/struts are far more important to how well a car handles and rides than just about any other suspension component.

Like the others, get the geometry and flexy bits fixed with the control arms, etc then lower the car if you have to do it piecemeal.
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Old 11-25-2013, 04:39 PM   #8
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Fwiw, i have gone over 30k on stock struts and Eibachs alone (97 GT). Similar results on many other cars in my past. Do the springs and sways. Then, when u have the cash, put in new struts.
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