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This is a discussion on lowering?? within the Suspension and Handling forums, part of the General Help category; i wanna lower my 96 lt1 maybe a couple of inches. i really dont like that huge space between the ...

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    lowering??

    i wanna lower my 96 lt1 maybe a couple of inches. i really dont like that huge space between the stock rims/tire and the fender. what do i need to lower it? and should i change my rims and tires before so i wont get any problems?

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    a couple of inches?? thats a big drop dude

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    oh sorry i didnt even notice i typed that. i meant just the right amount so i can get out of that 'stock' look. not sure how much i should go..

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    most guys go 1 to 1.25. id go with a 1 its more than you think. what rim size are you going to use?

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    i also want to get black zr1s. i want the front rims to be smaller than the back. 17 and 18 sounds good? know i just wanna know the 17x__ and 18___ part.

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    probably 17 by 8 and 18 by 9
    depending on your mileage if its low just go with springs cheapest and easiest.
    but if you got the cash you might all well go for it all struts and shocks as well

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    i got it with 86xxx and now its about 93xxx. about how much would the springs and struts cost?

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    what brand?

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    no brand in particular.. just typical ones in the middle. as in average cost

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    Quote Originally Posted by TAallday View Post
    no brand in particular.. just typical ones in the middle. as in average cost
    Probably $600-$700

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    Stano Springs and Koni shocks definetely not the cheapest but the best seldom is.
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    18" zr1's are hard to come by. expect to pay $800 to lower properly.

    springs
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    panhard bar
    alignment
    lca brackets if necessary

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    Yep. what creeper states. You don't want to just put lowering springs on it without upgrading the shocks. Also, lowering shifts the rear end to one side, so you need an adjustable pan hard bar to get it back to center. lastly, lowering changes a) your instant center so most people get LCA relocation brackets to get their instant center (traction) back and b) you need an alignment because it throws your camber angle off.

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    With your car on a relatively level, but flat surface go out to your car and measure from the center of the front fender lip to the ground , do the same on the rear.(write that # down). Now measure it again and visualize the fender lip some where lower on the tape measure where you would at a minimum like the center of the fender lip to be (write that # down). Subtract that # from the 1st #, now there's the amount of drop from lowering springs you need.

    Now post all those #'s, and we'll see what your options are.

    FYI, running lowering springs with factory shocks, is like trying to bench 300lbs when you normal max weight you can bench press is like 150-180.

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