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Old 09-18-2008, 09:39 PM   #1
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Need advice for suspension.

Hey guys,

I'm planning to buy KONI springs used from a fellow fanatic.

If I were to put it onto my stock vehicle, and use the existing shocks is that a good idea?

and also will I need to do a wheel alignment or adjustment of any sort? Especially camber's? and is there a DIY?

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Old 09-19-2008, 09:14 AM   #2
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Not a good idea for a long time, thats for sure. You will see increased wear on the shocks with lowering springs. You can get away with it, though, a LOT of people here do! If it were me, I'd get shocks as well and do/pay for the labor once.

And yes, get an alignment.
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Old 09-20-2008, 11:39 AM   #3
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Agreed. Might as well change them out, especially since your car is a 2001 and is still probably on original shocks and is probably due anyways. You will need a 4 wheel alignment when doing any kind of suspension work to correct any uneven tire wear.
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Old 09-22-2008, 02:35 AM   #4
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Agreed. Might as well change them out, especially since your car is a 2001 and is still probably on original shocks and is probably due anyways. You will need a 4 wheel alignment when doing any kind of suspension work to correct any uneven tire wear.
Hey Chris how was your ride back to SD? Good, I hope. When are you going to post pics of your new wheels?

To the OP, I recommend going with a good set of coilovers. The ST coilovers, for example, are a great choice. You can set these at any height without sacrificing ride quality. Mike@ModBargains.com had them on his own car and he loved them. His car's stance was perfect and with a comfortable yet sporty ride. Let me know if I can help you out with a quote for a set.
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Old 09-22-2008, 05:40 AM   #5
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Everyone here has pretty much hit the nail on the head.

Just to add my 2 cents...if you install moderate to aggressive lowering springs on stock shocks, be ready to replace your shocks and struts at any given time because of the added stress your putting on them.

Your ride quality is also probably going to deteriorate as well.

If you have the money, coilovers are great. You don't have to worry about blowing shocks and struts because everything is matched. You have the ability to adjust your ride height, and with some coilovers...even dampening and rebound (you'll pay more for these)

A alternative solution is H&R's Sport Cup Kit. The Cup Kit is H&R's race lowering springs as well as beefier shocks and struts that will take the additional stress of the lowering springs. The drop is decent (you can search for pictures), the ride quality is pretty good, and you can find them used for around $400 and new for $670 ish.
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Old 09-22-2008, 01:45 PM   #6
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he is in canada and it snows so ST's would not be a great choice as it will rust, urrr, Get KW's
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