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Old 01-19-2014, 02:38 AM   #1
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struts/Springs or rims first?


i've finished all my maintence this winter and time to add a bit of stance onto Suzy. i have been planning on a set up of Koni yellows + H&R springs + VMR V710 18's

was thinking of VMR 18x8.5 ET35 x 18x9.5 ET40. 225/45/18 front and 255/45/17 rear

car is currently stock with Style 44 rims (sport package)

would it make sense to buy lowering spring and strut first or should i buy rims?

keep in mind the tire i have on my current rims have around 30% tread left..so i have 2 options

1) buy strut/springs and tires while keeping style 44 rims and rims later on
2) buy new rims with tires then strut/spring later on

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Old 01-19-2014, 10:23 PM   #2
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Do suspension first for two reasons.

1. It will allow you to see how much room you have for larger wheels.

2. Aftermarket Wheels on cars that aren't lowered usually look funny imo..

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Old 01-19-2014, 10:27 PM   #3
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Struts and springs first
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