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Old 02-08-2013, 01:46 PM   #161
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Kris, I sent you a PM about these sometime ago and we had a conversation about the drop being lower than sports suspension. Or lets say, on the highest setting, these will still lower the car by 1" than sports suspension setup.

I am planning to get a set of these in summer. I will be out of the country for a couple of months.
I would like to know from the long term users, how did it fare in winter?
Not just the tires but Suspension also plays a good part in handling in the weather, also the durability on the weather will also be my concern since I am in Colorado and we do see a fair amount of snow.

My factory sport dampers are still pretty good. But I am doing a refresh of suspension in summer so was thinking to get these instead of some other spring/strut combo.

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1) Ride comfort equal to factory sports suspension.
2) A little lower than factory sports suspension(not too much).
3) Better handling.
4) No bouncing of rear or too much feedback.
5) What is the maximum(lowest) and minimum(highest) drop compared to sports suspension on the coupe?
6) If someone makes a DIY with some key points, like how the top washers from the factory suspension are placed and torque values that will be great.


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I'm from slc utah so we have kind of the same climate...


1) I didn't have a sport suspension before, but its much stiffer than the OEM. I would describe it as bouncy, but not a terrible ride.
2) they are coils so you can do what ever you want really. I'm at 6 or7 turns from the bottom and my 17" with 40 tire is flush with fender for now. Im sure they will settle a little more. and the front bumper is about 4" from the ground.
3) They do improve the handling, at least i noticed an improvement.
4) No bouncing that i have noticed
5) i dunno... yet.
6) washers go on the same way they look on the stock suspension. Theres one that will go on the black part and another that it cupped which will face up into the strut tower. (I didn't have the washers when i did it so i have to re install them with the washers. if you dont install the washers the springs make a little noise.) make sure the rear coils are on top of spring and not bottom of the spring pad when you intall. (thats what i did wrong the first time I couldn't adjust them when they were on the bottom. Other than that its pretty strait forward and easy to install, but plan on taking quite a while to do them all my stuff was rusted on, which slowed me down.

you can find torque specs on here some where...


over all its a okay product with a great price I will say that if you get more than 6" of snow in one night your car will become a plow. Also you have to watch it when you go up driveways and things im always dragging my pipes. those are the only issues i have had after dropping it.
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Old 02-08-2013, 01:54 PM   #162
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This is a picture i took the next day, the front has settled about half an inch since then. The back hasn't settled enough to notice.
This is just what it looks like for now... I'm going to lower it more when i put my 18" csl summer wheels on. I have 15mm spacers in front and 12mm in back.
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:04 PM   #163
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Here is one from today. i guess the front wheel isnt flush but hey its winter here, the less plowing i do the better!
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:00 AM   #165
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I'm not sure if I overlooked it but whats a good base setting for these? Did anyone measure the distance of threads after you were satisfied with your drop?
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:13 AM   #166
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I'm not sure if I overlooked it but whats a good base setting for these? Did anyone measure the distance of threads after you were satisfied with your drop?
All they way down on my car
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:15 AM   #167
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All they way down on my car
Nice! that makes it easy. Thanks.
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Nice! that makes it easy. Thanks.
And they will settle a good amount after a few weeks
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:47 AM   #169
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I was at a local EuroSunday event yesterday and found a customer with a wagon

Thanks. I have a wagon and been considering these coil overs. Are those wheels 18's or 19's? And do you know how low he went on his setting? I dont want to slam mine. Just wanna kill the gap and I have 19's
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I think his wheels were 18s. I am finding out for you though.
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So here is my car, its the ZHP with the 18's and its more or less all the way low. I've had 0 rubbing issues and these have around 10K miles on them no issues to report thus far. I'm happy with my purchase to date



I did need a small wheel spacer in the front though, I think it was like 3 or 5mm, can't remember off the top of my head
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One more question for the pro's. I plan on a near full drop and running my factory 17x8 Style 44 which has on et47 I believe? Tires are 225 45 17's. Will I need wheel spacers for this suspension? I've been kind of wanting them regardless but plan on changing to a different wheel in the future.
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One more question for the pro's. I plan on a near full drop and running my factory 17x8 Style 44 which has on et47 I believe? Tires are 225 45 17's. Will I need wheel spacers for this suspension? I've been kind of wanting them regardless but plan on changing to a different wheel in the future.
There is a chance you will need atleast 5mm spacer. Most go with 10mm.
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Old 02-20-2013, 12:20 PM   #177
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Measuring wheels tonight to figure out the correct spacer. Was going to purchase a set and saw they went back up to $499! Dang it lol.
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Old 02-20-2013, 12:50 PM   #179
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You can use the Facebook coupon now since they are NOT on sale
According to our PM's I was going to use the FB coupon at the sale price. which made it approx $395+shipping?
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According to our PM's I was going to use the FB coupon at the sale price. which made it approx $395+shipping?
That is correct. Sale as expired. Now with the coupon $449.99
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