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Old 12-07-2004   #1
Nikshaw
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Adjustable suspension: Any recommendations??

I've been toyin with the option of lowering for ages now. Am tired of having to consider differential rates of lowering front to rear for different brands. Even Fiat can't give me a staight answer why their Abarth aka eibach lowering springs give an effertive lowering of 15mm on the rear and yet 28 on the front!
Effective LOWERING surely should be equal, as on mine is disproportionate already. Going for 17's (when they finally get here)means my wheels will be bigger too, effectively off setting a lowering of '30'mm or less.

Anyhoo, since I've been waiting two months for my alloys to arrive, and I've some weeks yet before I can expect them to be delivered, have been giving much thought to suspension, and am guna go for FK High Sport Coil-over adjustable Lowering Kit (20-80mm)instead of merely getting eibach springs.

Cheapest price for FK kit I've found thus far is 505 (Ouch) but being able to adjust at will my clearance is just too tempting for me now.

Any of you know of, have had, can supply or recommend anything different??
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Old 12-07-2004   #2
Tom
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Re: Adjustable suspension: Any recommendations??

My main concern with that would quite simply be the cost of replacing the shocks. Doesn't matter how much you spend, given time they will start to go funny and eventually die.

>aka eibach lowering springs give an effertive lowering of 15mm on the rear and yet 28 on the front!

My guess would be that the rears are much softer so will sag further when you load up the car. Surely not alot of point in lowering it if you can no-longer use the boot or have rear passengers. A tankful of petrol is 30-35kg too!

The load on the front of the car is near enough constant.
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Old 12-07-2004   #3
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Re: Adjustable suspension: Any recommendations??

Got to agree with Tom...

My Bro has a set of Koni adjustables on his clio, had them a few months now and has never adjusted them...

It takes just as long to adjust them as it would to fit new springs!

Daz
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Old 12-07-2004   #4
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Re: Adjustable suspension: Any recommendations??

Evenin Tom

I hear what sayin. Even with my paraglider permanently stashed in the boot, and a half tank of petrol, you could still fit a melon in the clearance there is in the wheel arch above the rear wheels, compared to the front which looks, better. If shocks can't be expected to last indefinitely, then maybe I'm just as well getting a complete kit now, rather than just replacing the springs, all costs considered..

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Old 12-07-2004   #5
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Re: Adjustable suspension: Any recommendations??

Hi Daz

Doubt I'll adjust them very often either, but I'd like the range there to get them to a level I'm happy with rather then paying 280 all in for a result that might fall short of expectation. Double the cost, but guaranteed at least I'll be well satified.

At a 100 a time to change springs, ones I'm able to adjust myself, have gotta be a worthwhile investment. I can avoid speed bumps where I am currently, but will have to move in the not too distant future, so god knows what could be awaiting me.

I really can't afford to be this fussy, but hey..I'm worth it!!

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Old 12-07-2004   #6
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Re: Adjustable suspension: Any recommendations??

I'd investigate how much a new set of shocks would be, at least they are steel so won't corrode instantly when they salt the roads
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