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Old 12-05-2013, 08:45 PM   #1
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springs and lowering...?

So I want to lower my car with springs because I'm not spending $1500 on coilovers but idk which ones will give me the best Stance im looking for.

I dont want any wheel well space or as little as possible.
it looks like about 2.5" front and back would be the best but im not sure where to get that... Amy suggestions?
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On the AmericanMuscle web site, they do an excellent job of estimating the drop for each set of springs. You may have to drill down to the details to find it for some.
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Yeah I have one in my build list, I forget the brand, but it says the drops are 1.7" front and 2.5" rear, but idk if that's going to be what I want
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When I lower mine, I'm probably not going to drop quite so much - (I'm looking at the Eibach Pro series) - but that is me.

Keep in mind that the lower the drop, the more it throws off the geometry so the more you have to replace/adjust to get it back inline. I saw a thread a few weeks back about a drop where it threw-off the pinion angle of the drive shaft and caused some serious issues - you should look that one up if you didn't see it so you don't get bitten by the same thing the poster did or at least make sure you have a pro verify that your pinion angle is in-spec; I'd hate to read another tale of woe about it.
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I dont think they make springs that give that aggressive of a drop for our cars..2.5" all around is alot. Most other drops range between 1.5-2" Eibach Sportlines will probably be your lowest spring
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When I lower mine, I'm probably not going to drop quite so much - (I'm looking at the Eibach Pro series) - but that is me.

Keep in mind that the lower the drop, the more it throws off the geometry so the more you have to replace/adjust to get it back inline. I saw a thread a few weeks back about a drop where it threw-off the pinion angle of the drive shaft and caused some serious issues - you should look that one up if you didn't see it so you don't get bitten by the same thing the poster did or at least make sure you have a pro verify that your pinion angle is in-spec; I'd hate to read another tale of woe about it.
Yep, here's the thread that taught me that it take for than springs for a drop more than 1.5":

eibach lowering spring problem

BTY, when all done, it may cost you that $1,500. I hope this helps, I learned a great deal and will plan accordingly when I lower my car. Good luck
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Yeah I have one in my build list, I forget the brand, but it says the drops are 1.7" front and 2.5" rear, but idk if that's going to be what I want
Lowering that much with just springs?!?!?
I'd give your suspension about 2 months before it goes haywire...
With that kind of drop, you'll want shocks, struts, bump steer kit, camber bolts (maybe even c/c plates), and a panhard bar.
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Yeah I planned on getting caster camber plates, panhard bar, control arms, etc.
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With that said, will you hit the $1500 that the coilovers would cost? Just curious

Edit: That's total cost (parts & labor).
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Good point.... Hmmm
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But if I get coil overs then I will still have to get the other parts to hold my suspension together
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But if I get coil overs then I will still have to get the other parts to hold my suspension together
Yup, when you throw your suspension geometry off that much, you have to get very thing aligned.

I may come off like I'm against lowering, but I'm not. Just trying to save you some trouble.
I'd rather do it once correctly, than mess up several times.
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Yeah definitely, I planned on getting all the parts I needed and what not but I just don't know which springs to get

the H&R sport springs were the ones I was looking at but idk
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Yeah definitely, I planned on getting all the parts I needed and what not but I just don't know which springs to get the H&R sport springs were the ones I was looking at but idk
Try to stick with one brand
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Try to stick with one brand
for which parts??
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for which parts??
I would think the shocks/struts and springs are the only things that need to be the same brand so the spring rate and dampening will be matched. But I don't see how having the same brand panhard bar, control arms, brackets, braces, etc. could be beneficial for performance.
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I would think the shocks/struts and springs are the only things that need to be the same brand so the spring rate and dampening will be matched. But I don't see how having the same brand panhard bar, control arms, brackets, braces, etc. could be beneficial for performance.
I agree: matching the brand of the springs and the shocks/struts is the main thing. The rest could likely be mixed and matched without much incident. The panhard bar, for instance, is little more than just an adjustable broomstick.
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Yea, at least shoot for shocks/struts and springs
Most other parts should be compatible.
But parts that are R & D together stick together
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