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    Lowering springs w/ stock shocks?

    I really want a lowered stance for my car, but I don't think i can afford to get both shocks and springs (~$700). How will my car be with just the springs? I've heard it's bad for the stock shocks (which will be replaced someday) but how long with they last and how will my ride be with just springs?

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    it's shitty, man. I'm currently running around like that. It's a very harsh ride-every bump is amplified b/c the shocks are compressed so much and can't absorb the bumps properly.

    Seriously, get the springs you want, let them sit in your garage; then get the shocks and install it all at once.

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    stock shocks is the culprit of all the handling (or lack of there of) in stock form... if anything, I'd change shocks and not springs.
    Since you want to lower, getting Koni SA front shocks will allow to lower 3/4" due to 2 perch locations on the shock. Getting Bilstein HD in the rear keeps cost down, great shock on stock spring... and do the hose-mod in the rear, lowering the same amount.
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    Save your money for the shocks. Install everything in at the same time. You will be happy you did. Save and get the koni's all the way around. My springs sat in the garage for about four to five months before I went with the koni's. Did everything at once and I am glad I did.
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    im part of the backwards bunch. eibach springs and stock shocks. one day when i get the money ill get new shocks, one day...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eugenio_SS View Post
    stock shocks is the culprit of all the handling (or lack of there of) in stock form... if anything, I'd change shocks and not springs.
    Since you want to lower, getting Koni SA front shocks will allow to lower 3/4" due to 2 perch locations on the shock. Getting Bilstein HD in the rear keeps cost down, great shock on stock spring... and do the hose-mod in the rear, lowering the same amount.
    ok so the koni SA front shocks lets you lower the car 3/4" in the front, and you have to do the "hose mod" on the bilstein HD in the rear to lower the rear also? what is the hose mod, never heard of it? also is 3/4" too much you think for a daily driver? I want to lower the car but I don't wanna be scraping all over everything either

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    Quote Originally Posted by M-Ten View Post
    ok so the koni SA front shocks lets you lower the car 3/4" in the front, and you have to do the "hose mod" on the bilstein HD in the rear to lower the rear also? what is the hose mod, never heard of it? also is 3/4" too much you think for a daily driver? I want to lower the car but I don't wanna be scraping all over everything either
    the hose mod in the rear is independant of the shock choice.
    On top of the spring, there is the big rubber hat called spring isolator... you can replace that by heater hose on the top 1st coil, to avoid metal-metal contact.
    that lowers the car by ~3/4"... and it's safe... many ppl use this in SCCA races.

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    hmm ok, i'm going to look into changing out shocks and maybe lowering the car when i get a few more go fast parts

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    im running eibach springs and stock shocks on mine. rides really ruff and ive broke two shocks on the back on about 6 months. always the pass side rear.

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