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Old 10-22-2008, 07:59 PM   #1
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stiff springs. help.

What are the stiffest springs i can get for my car while maintaining the height of my car or close to it?

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Old 10-22-2008, 08:13 PM   #2
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With or without coilovers? With good coilovers you can essentially adjust the height independent of spring choice.

Are you talking street stiff or track stiff here?

Most, if not all, aftermarket replacement springs are designed more for lowering than customized spring rate and ads tend to reflect the drop amount more than the rate. They're typically also progressive rate which makes it a little more difficult to quantify the spring rate. Generally with this type of spring, the lower the stiffer.
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Old 10-22-2008, 08:25 PM   #3
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I want to keep the stock shocks due to tech reasons. but i really just want it to be stif as f u c k.
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Old 10-22-2008, 08:32 PM   #4
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You can run linear springs at whatever rate you want, but you'll need front camber plates for them to work properly.
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Old 10-22-2008, 08:33 PM   #5
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I want to keep the stock shocks due to tech reasons. but i really just want it to be stif as f u c k.
Are we talkin a really good stif as f c k or after a couple pitchers of beer stif as f c k?
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Old 10-22-2008, 08:45 PM   #6
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Are we talkin a really good stif as f c k or after a couple pitchers of beer stif as f c k?
OH! i want stif. hard. patrone spings.
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Old 10-22-2008, 09:06 PM   #7
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I want to keep the stock shocks due to tech reasons
You're asking for nothing but trouble here. Stock shocks will be blown in no time with anything much stiffer than the stock springs. You'll also have a really crappy ride if the spring rates get too high for the stock shocks to control. I would highly encourage you to pursue a different path. Not sure I understand why you even want to do this anyway.

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but i really just want it to be stif as f u c k.
You might be better off to consider Viagra.
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Old 10-22-2008, 11:25 PM   #8
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retards out there i want a stiffer ride not lower...
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Old 10-22-2008, 11:37 PM   #9
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dude.. the only way youll get stiff springs are if you get low springs. keeping your stock shocks is a bad idea no matter what. h&r sport are decent stiff.. if you want em stiffer u can heat em but thats just more like bouncy and youll be lower. why you would want a stiff ride i have no idea. with a stiffer ride have fun with your control arm and subframe problems as well.
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Old 10-22-2008, 11:39 PM   #10
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yes, but why are you keeping your stock shocks? they will blow out in no time with stiffer springs. change out your shocks to some adjustable ones and make those stiff.
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Old 10-22-2008, 11:43 PM   #11
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OP, what you are asking for is not feasible. If you want what you are asking for then you'll have to swap out the stock shocks. The easiest thing you could do would probably be to get an H&R Clubsport Coilover kit; that would be pretty f'ing stiff. With that you could keep it close to stock height and make it really stiff if you wanted.
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Old 10-23-2008, 07:25 AM   #12
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retards out there i want a stiffer ride not lower...
Who are you calling a retard? There's not one single response in this thread suggesting that you lower your car. What people are trying to explain is that the only way to get stiffer springs is through the use of lowering springs (which are forced to be stiffer). There's really nothing available in the way of a stiffer, stock height replacement spring. Coilovers have been suggested since they have adjustable spring perches which would allow you to match a linear rate spring with the rate of your choice and still set the ride height near stock. Coilovers would also bring adjustable dampers into play. Crank up the compression and rebound damping enough and you can get a stff ride using your current springs.
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