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Old 10-18-2012, 07:11 PM   #1
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Suspension: Thinking of going back to stock.

For some time now i have been thinking about putting my car back to stock, stock suspension. Its just not practical for a DD, i cant get into steep driveways, the sway bars are just too stiff. The ride is fairly rough on the roads. I no longer track the car or do canyon runs, so i really don't see any reason to keep them, besides the nice looks and stance. Current setup is KW V2, Vorshlag camber plates, Hotchkis sway bars, Mason strut bars. I still have most of my OEM parts, so its just a matter of labor and a weekend worth of elbow grease in the garage. Any advice? have any of you guys done this? any regrets?
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:16 PM   #2
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If you decide to let it go I'd be interested in the sway bars.
If the car is nothing more than a car id say go for it. Even the stock suspension is nice.
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:18 PM   #3
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Second dibs on sway bars?
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Old 10-19-2012, 01:41 AM   #4
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If i do decide i will u guys know
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Old 10-19-2012, 03:36 AM   #5
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Soften up the damper settings on your KWs. The key is to have the rear "2 clicks" softer than the front, at least this this the way it works on my PSS9's. To soften up the damper, perhaps go just below midway on the front damper, and go 3/4 or just below that on the rear so the rear is softer. Good luck.
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Old 10-19-2012, 09:21 AM   #6
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Both front and back are on the softest setting.
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Old 10-19-2012, 10:34 AM   #7
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Why not go back to stock sways and see how it is after that? If its still too stiff then you can replace with stock springs and struts too. Probably the easiest and most effective thing to change right away.
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Old 10-19-2012, 12:34 PM   #8
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Why not go back to stock sways and see how it is after that? If its still too stiff then you can replace with stock springs and struts too. Probably the easiest and most effective thing to change right away.

The sway bars don't make the overall ride rough on the road. Its the Struts/shocks.
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Old 10-19-2012, 12:54 PM   #9
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To regain some of that suspension compliance you're searching for, swap out the all metal camber plates and return to the stock combo aluminum/rubber front strut mount. This should help in softening up your sled.
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Old 10-19-2012, 01:14 PM   #10
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To regain some of that suspension compliance you're searching for, swap out the all metal camber plates and return to the stock combo aluminum/rubber front strut mount. This should help in softening up your sled.

Ya i was thinking about that, however im not sure how much of a difference that will make.
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Man, the way your talking, rent a 4 cylinder Toyota Camry for a week or two that has suspension made of marshmallows and power handled by a rubber band or squirrel cage and see how ya like that precision less soft ride and gutless power plant. You'll be thankful you have a sport tuned 3 series.
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Stiff sways can definitely make the ride more harsh, no doubt about it.
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Man, the way your talking, rent a 4 cylinder Toyota Camry for a week or two that has suspension made of marshmallows and power handled by a rubber band or squirrel cage and see how ya like that precision less soft ride and gutless power plant. You'll be thankful you have a sport tuned 3 series.

After purchasing my wife a brand new G37 and enjoying the ride i feel like i want some comfort back. Don't get me wrong i love my car, but im just not the same as before.
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Go back to spring and shock combo. FSD and Eibach Prokit should do it keep the sways...
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Old 10-22-2012, 12:44 AM   #15
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Go back to spring and shock combo. FSD and Eibach Prokit should do it keep the sways...

I wont purchase anything else. Its either current setup or Stock. Im not spending money on the car anymore.
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seems like u know what u wanna do

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Old 10-22-2012, 12:49 PM   #17
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After purchasing my wife a brand new G37 and enjoying the ride i feel like i want some comfort back. Don't get me wrong i love my car, but im just not the same as before.
i am an old man too lol. i'm not the same as before as well.
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i am an old man too lol. i'm not the same as before as well.

Lol, im far away from being old, i just got married a lil early.
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the real question is: If you go back, will you be able to deal with the way your car looks all jacked up, with nice wheels and bumper? Or not?
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the real question is: If you go back, will you be able to deal with the way your car looks all jacked up, with nice wheels and bumper? Or not?
Thats exactly where im stuck.
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