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Old 10-24-2003, 07:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just bought some springs to lower my car (1.5 inch drop) and was wondering what else is required to install them.
Can i just have them put in and be done with it? I know an alignment might be needed after the install.
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Old 10-24-2003, 09:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Definately have the car aligned, the alignment will be off, there is no way to install springs without needing an alignment. If it has been a while since you've replaced the struts on the front, you might want to do that, it would be easy to do while the springs are out.
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Old 10-24-2003, 11:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Offset rack bushings were recomended to me and I bought them. They raise the steering rack back up a little to compensate for the lowered car.

I didn't get the caster camber plates.The alignment wouldn't come in quite right without them, tire wear is OK though. I hear this varies from car to car . I may get some when I replace the tires next time.

Depending on the spring rates you may need stiffer shocks and struts. I started with the Monroe GP's. They never seemed to be quite adequate and wore out quickly. I'm much happier with the Koni sports (red).

Spring isolaters may be in order, these are the rubber or polyurethane pieces that keep the springs from hitting metal to metal on the spring perch

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Old 10-25-2003, 01:05 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The springs are progressive.Will a shop do the alignment even if they can't get it to the correct specs? Do i absolutely need these bushings for the steering rack or will it be ok they way it is after it is lowered?
Sorry about all the questions, i just want to know what i'm getting myself into.

Thx again.
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Old 10-25-2003, 01:30 AM   #5 (permalink)
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The offset rack bushings are not absolutely necessary, I couldnít tell you how much
difference they make. They are designed to reduce bump steer. Bump steer is when
movement in the suspension causes the front wheels to change direction.

The alignment shops Iíve delt with have no problem doing the alignment on my car even
though they canít get it just right.
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Old 10-25-2003, 04:03 PM   #6 (permalink)
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So i can get away with not using the caster/camber plates but i should probably get the rack bushings to keep the steering rack close to the origional position. Just wondering how much do these rack bushings cost ? Or if you have a link i can check out, it would be even better.

The springs i bought (used) have an air bag type thing for the rear springs, should i use these or just leave them out?


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Old 10-25-2003, 04:39 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Maximum Motorsports has a good reputation for street suspension. They don't recomend the offset bushings.
http://www.maximummotorsports.com/rbd.asp
http://www.maximummotorsports.com/cc.asp
I bought my stuff at Brothers Performance because they are close to me. They are the ones who sold me the bushings.
http://www.brothersperformance.com/s...g/bbk2508.html
You might might want to try the corner carvers delight board on this site. Some of those guys are very knowlegeable on the subject of suspension.

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Old 10-27-2003, 01:29 PM   #8 (permalink)
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You might not NEED any more, but I would have a set of Caster/Camber plates handy, if they cannot aling it right. I would also recommend the Maximum Motorsport ones. Dont be fooled by the fancy aluminum polished ones, they dont last. Get the "ugly" all steel ones.
Other than that you should be all set. No need for offset rack bushings or struts (unless you got radical with springs).
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I had the same problem with the alignment being impossible without the plates and I opted for increased tire wear instead. Now.... Why not simply bore out the shock tower's holes to allow for greater travel? Turn them into slots instead of holes.
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Old 10-27-2003, 10:23 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I had the same problem with the alignment being impossible without the plates and I opted for increased tire wear instead.
How far was alignment off? Was it real bad or just off by a bit.

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Default Re: lowering Springs Question

You might not NEED any more, but I would have a set of Caster/Camber plates handy, if they cannot aling it right. I would also recommend the Maximum Motorsport ones. Dont be fooled by the fancy aluminum polished ones, they dont last. Get the "ugly" all steel ones.
Other than that you should be all set. No need for offset rack bushings or struts (unless you got radical with springs).

I agree plus be ready to widen stock hole. Then, are drag racing or cornering. Big difference!!
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