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Old 03-08-2016, 05:47 PM   #1
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Issue with lowering... advice needed...

Last year I lowered my car with SR lowering springs, J&M caster/camber plates, and koni orange shocks.

It lowered the car a bit all around and looked good. Performance-wise the car handled much much better than stock. The only issue is the ride quality went away entirely. The ride became jarring over anything but smooth roads.

So this week I finally got around to installing some BMR street springs on the front (I haven't gotten around to the rear yet). The ride is already greatly improved (although it doesn't handle as well as it used to).

The only problem is the car seems to have dropped much more than expected in the front. The BMR springs were advertised for 1-1.5 inches of drop yet my front looks slammed now. At the alignment shop today the best they could do was -1.5 camber on both sides of the front. While with the SR springs I was around -1.0.

Any ideas what could have caused this? Could this be a case of bad springs?

I noticed the shop that did the install - when using their spring compressor - compressed the spring and the strut mount (caster/camber plates) all together. Instead of just compressing the spring. Could that have crushed the strut mount?

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Here's after the new spring install on the front:
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Never mind... I installed the rear springs this morning and everything is back in balance now.

Apparently the BMR street springs drop the car a lot more than the expected 1-1.5 inches. Regardless, the car rides much better than with the SR springs. So I can't complain.

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Did that also correct the alignment issue or have you had a chance to have it checked again, but it does look nice
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Did that also correct the alignment issue or have you had a chance to have it checked again, but it does look nice
I figured I'd wait a week or so for the springs to settle before heading back to the alignment shop. I suspect there wont be any issue getting it back into alignment.

The pictures don't do it justice... the wheels looks really pinched under the front fenders before installing the rears this morning. Before my alignment yesterday it was -3 degrees on both side and looked like one of those import stance cars.
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