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Old 08-18-2013, 01:11 PM   #1
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Checklist for strut/shock upgrade

I'm considering a strut/shock upgrade (and possibly lowering springs, but I'm undecided). I will probably go with either Koni Yellows or the Koni STR.T's even if I don't opt to lower the car.

Here's my question: if I decide to replace the struts/dampers only and keep my stock springs, other than replacing the mounts and getting an alignment, is there anything else I need to do? Do I need to trim the bump stops or get a new jounce bumper kit?
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I'm considering a strut/shock upgrade (and possibly lowering springs, but I'm undecided). I will probably go with either Koni Yellows or the Koni STR.T's even if I don't opt to lower the car.

Here's my question: if I decide to replace the struts/dampers only and keep my stock springs, other than replacing the mounts and getting an alignment, is there anything else I need to do? Do I need to trim the bump stops or get a new jounce bumper kit?
Nope. Mounts will be all you need. Personally I would do springs as well. Even a small 1" drop will help kill some wheel gap, without giving you and difficulty driving or scraping. Although a drop will require a few more parts. Like a panhard bar, and a adjustable uca to correct the pinion angle.
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Nope, that is all you need. If I you lower it, you will need more parts.
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What are your plans with the car? Koni's will have no issue in controlling the stock springs.
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I would go with the 05-10 spec struts and get GT500 strut mounts. The stock strut mounts are one-time-use parts and will fail after being taken off (it's a when, not an if). They cost something like $35 each from the dealer, and Jayman can get you the GT500 strut mounts for not much more.
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What are your plans with the car? Koni's will have no issue in controlling the stock springs.
Jayman, my plans are very modest: no track, good ride quality, less squat and dive. Undecided about a drop, primarily because of all that goes with it: an adjustable PHB, possible camber issues, trimming the bump stops, potential for diminished ride quality, UCA's/pinion angle, etc. I'm not wild about the fender gap, but I can live with it.

Based on the responses to my question, It sounds as if doing the Konis (either yellow or orange, without lowering springs) is the simplest way to go.

Thanks all for the feedback.
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