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RD springs are low...get used to them...(more) (archive)

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Posted by Christopher Graff on February 01, 2001 at 13:52:42:

In Reply to: RD Springs finally installed! Car very low!?! posted by TCD on January 31, 2001 at 22:06:08:

The RD springs will drop the car a lot. In fact, I can no longer get my jack to fit underneath my front subframe. In order to jack up the car, I have to drive up on small wooden planks to get the space underneath to fit my jack.

Anyway, the drop is 1.25" or about 30mm. Both front and rear. The Eibach springs drop the car 1.4" in front and 1.2" in back. The H&Rs will drop it 1.25" front and rear.

Also, Do NOT use Bilstein HDs with lowering springs. You will hit the bump stops and ruin the shock (bottom them out). Bilstein Sports are to be used with springs that lower ride height. Or Boge Turbo Gases can be used, or Koni Yellows. The damping of the Konis are adjustable, whereas the Bilstein Sports and Boges are not. Use the shock that was made for the spring, I cannot emphasize this enough. Your car will handle much better, and be better balanced.

How low should the car be sitting? Springs were used so mileage is unknown but paint on the springs was still in reasonable shape. Adjustable sways bars installed at the same time.

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