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Ok I've read through a lot of threads on this topic, so I'm sorry that my question will seem redundant, yet the more I read the more confused I seem to get (I confess I can be a bit of a blockhead sometimes lol)...
I am the proud owner of a new '13 GT premium which is my dd and will probably never see the track. I'm looking at upgrading to a set of TSW Nurburgring wheels (not sure yet if 18's or 20's), and from what most ppl are saying, the car would look a lot better if it was dropped a bit, so I'm thinking 1.5" or so should be good.
Like most people I have a limited budget, and the drop is mostly for cosmetic reasons. Question: should I simply go with a set of quality springs, or do I need to also install a panhard bar, camber plates, upgraded struts, etc? I've read some posts mentioning creaking noises and other problems when only installing new springs, so what would you guys (and gals) recommend?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Raf63 said:
Ok I've read through a lot of threads on this topic, so I'm sorry that my question will seem redundant, yet the more I read the more confused I seem to get (I confess I can be a bit of a blockhead sometimes lol)...
I am the proud owner of a new '13 GT premium which is my dd and will probably never see the track. I'm looking at upgrading to a set of TSW Nurburgring wheels (not sure yet if 18's or 20's), and from what most ppl are saying, the car would look a lot better if it was dropped a bit, so I'm thinking 1.5" or so should be good.
Like most people I have a limited budget, and the drop is mostly for cosmetic reasons. Question: should I simply go with a set of quality springs, or do I need to also install a panhard bar, camber plates, upgraded struts, etc? I've read some posts mentioning creaking noises and other problems when only installing new springs, so what would you guys (and gals) recommend?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
You will NEED the panhard bar to recenter the rear axle, and it will be off center. Get some decent spring, eibach, FRPP, Steeda, BMR to name a few. I would recommend camber bolts or plates witht that much of a drop to correct camber. Now dampers are. Of mandatory but recommended.

As far as creaking, just try to ensure everything is tightened when putting it back together
 

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What he said. Plan on about 2k to do it right.
 

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Lowering your car any bit will throw the alignment off due to downward stresses pushing out suspension components somewhat. But indeed you will need a panhard bar and camber plates to my knowledge as stated above by the other members post.

Those two components are essential to help realign your suspension so you don't wear down your tires prematurely, or cause to swerve due to uneven paving in the road (I know from personal experience not very fun, quite scary). I do believe you will need Lower Control Arms, to help fine tune the rear end because pitching of the tires due to lowering the car.
 

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He doesn't need new LCA's, but I agree with everything else.
 
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