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Old 04-09-2012, 01:22 AM   #1
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What do i need when dropping

Im looking to drop my car quite a bit on coilovers..... i have seen the coilovers i want.
But what else do i need apart from the actual coilovers?
will i need shorter sway bars? etc and do i need to replace mounting rubbers...

if someone can give me a FULL shopping list of what else i need to order id be very greatful
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:14 PM   #2
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Nobody knows this?
I need to order this stuff in the next couple of days if anyone can advise me plz
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:20 PM   #3
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Id post In the general section theres more action there.
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:44 PM   #4
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Most coilovers come with all that you need for the install and then some. Other/cheaper coils dont come with all thats needed.


So, which coilovers do you want to buy ???
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:31 PM   #5
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No the coilovers im looking at are only the shocks and springs... what else will i need?
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Old 04-11-2012, 12:22 AM   #6
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It would probably help if you said which ones they were. Just sayin.
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Old 04-11-2012, 07:03 AM   #7
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Why when it's just shocks and springs?
But they are v-maxx
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Old 04-11-2012, 10:34 AM   #8
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Alright it sounds like you need a bit of help.

If you answer some of our questions .

1) How much money do you have to play with? What is your budget?
2) How low do you want to go?

Performance sway bars are usually thicker in diameter and stiff. That will reduce body roll. Tire rack has the best price on Hotchkis front and rear sway bars which are the thickest. I am about to run those because they come with new bushings to accommodate the larger bars where as other kits use the stock ones.

I assume you are looking for better handling, how much comfort do you want to compromise?

1.4 inches front .75 inches rear being a mild drop using lowering springs that are not adjustable however less $$$. Or something more extreme and adjustable like coilovers that will lower you car anyway from 1 inch or more?
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Old 04-11-2012, 10:35 AM   #9
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You need adjustable rear camber arms to straighten up the camber when you go low.

You do not need sway bars, but they will help flatten the car up on turns.
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