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    Springs/Shocks or Brakes?

    I find myself at a fork in the road. One leads to a nice set of Springs and Shocks, the other to some upgraded brakes. My car is a DD with 89xxx miles on it so I've been researching the springs&shocks for a couple of months and found a pair that I like that offer a good ride and a good look (leaning more towards the ride than the look). On the other side I took my car canyon carving yesterday (western NC mountain roads are fun) and i feel that the brakes are inadequate. After doing research for brakes most brands only carry fronts and not rears, however I prefer to a symmetrical look and feel to the system. Both options have pros and neither really has any cons. Working over the summer i will have enough $$$ to buy one or the other but not both.

    Any opinions?

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    springs and shocks ...they will completely change the dynmamics of the car ..also propperly mated springs and shocks such as koni adjustables with strano springs will lead to more balanced braking and lead to better braking overall ..so yeah...
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    Quote Originally Posted by shady milkman View Post
    springs on shocks ...they will completely change the dynmamics of the car ..also propperly mated springs and shocks such as koni adjustables with strano springs will lead to more balanced braking and lead to better braking overall ..so yeah...
    This^

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    the koni and stranos were the ones i was looking at to begin with, good opinion and reasoning.

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    Don't know which brake upgrade you were looking at but 6LE sells a c5 brake kit for a decent price. I would say springs, but you could save a little more and di it all at once

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    Quote Originally Posted by tatertot91 View Post
    Don't know which brake upgrade you were looking at but 6LE sells a c5 brake kit for a decent price. I would say springs, but you could save a little more and di it all at once
    i believe the c5 brake kit that 6le sells is front only..

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    Quote Originally Posted by shady milkman View Post
    i believe the c5 brake kit that 6le sells is front only..
    Whats wrong with that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thiscatiskool View Post
    I find myself at a fork in the road. One leads to a nice set of Springs and Shocks, the other to some upgraded brakes. My car is a DD with 89xxx miles on it so I've been researching the springs&shocks for a couple of months and found a pair that I like that offer a good ride and a good look (leaning more towards the ride than the look). On the other side I took my car canyon carving yesterday (western NC mountain roads are fun) and i feel that the brakes are inadequate. After doing research for brakes most brands only carry fronts and not rears, however I prefer to a symmetrical look and feel to the system. Both options have pros and neither really has any cons. Working over the summer i will have enough $$$ to buy one or the other but not both.

    Any opinions?
    Quote Originally Posted by tatertot91 View Post
    Whats wrong with that?
    that is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shady milkman View Post
    that is.
    Missed that
    If thats a worry then suspension all the way

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    yeah suspension first for sure

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    You can run front and rear C6Z06 brakes, but it gets kind of pricey and you would need brackets from Kore3...looks amazing though.
    But as stated above, I would do suspension first, but in the meantime you could upgrade the pads to at least improve some of the brake fade if that is becoming an issue.

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    Ok I'll be the nerd Safety First! youll want to be able to stop that carving if needed

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    Does the OP have SFCs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tatertot91 View Post
    Does the OP have SFCs?
    negative, only mods are in sig, i know i should get sfc as well but its one thing at a time right now.
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