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Some beginner questions about suspension

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    • Edited 2 times, last by mischman on .
    This thread may have some of the most stupid noob questions in it...sorry.

    Started doing mods on my TC and down the list was the suspension with wheels. It got bumped up on the list because the other night i was driving through a dark apartment complex i had never been in before and ended up taking out a big piece of a curb. There was no cosmetic damage. I took it to a trusted quality mechanic shop and they inspected everything and the only damage(from the curb) was a very unaligned wheel.

    However on the other side of the car they said the front strut was leaking. They gave me a quote of about $650 to replace the front struts. I did plan on lowering it.

    Buying coilovers will fix my strut problem?
    *A coilover is pretty much a strut and spring all in one and is adjustable???*
    Should i just buy coilovers now?
    I do plan on lowering it. I want to put new wheels and tires on it(there will be a thread with questions when i do ;)). I'm thinking abohut a 18x8 with a thin(thinner than stock) tire and not that much of a drop, maybe an inch...2 inches at max.
    Should i just buy a set of struts and lowering springs and save a few hundred dollars?

    Thanks

    P.s. XGhost....if you read this i have my eye on your FS thread.
    Lowering Springs and Tokico Struts for daily driving.
    Coil-Overs for racing/tracking/auto-crossing.

    I'd figure out how low you want to go w/ rims, tires and off-set. Plus do plan on buying a lip kit?

    • Edited 1 times, last by Apotheosis on .
    get the coils, ghost is selling the SSP's at a great price.
    CadenceScion wrote:
    Lowering Springs and Tokico Struts for daily driving.
    Coil-Overs for racing/tracking/auto-crossing.

    I'd figure out how low you want to go w/ rims, tires and off-set. Plus do plan on buying a lip kit?


    I WAS thinking about an rs1 lip but now I'm thinking i should just go lower. I can't go more than 2 inches because of Gainesville, FL streets...and defiantly my driveway.

    Wheel/Tire wise I want the rim/tire to be closer to the top of the cars fender. I was planning on getting an 18x8 with a somewhat thin and low profile tire. I figure this setup would only bring the whole setup up about an inch and then lowering it about an inch to get a nice setup. I'm really afraid to go much lower than an inch because of scraping and rubbing.

    I want the offset of the tire to be flush(or more flush than stock). I don't like the tucked look.

    I'll go find some pictures of the overall setup I'm looking for.
    Apotheosis wrote:
    get the coils, ghost is selling the SSP's at a great price.


    Yea, a basic Google search show about $13-15 hundred for them.

    I like your wheel/tire setup. Thats kind of the exact look i want except for your tires are more tucked than i want, i prefer more flush. How much are you dropped?
    A 225/40/18 tire is plenty and Eibach Prokit will drop you approx 1.5''. I had to be careful w/ my tC and I wasn't the lowest in my town but pretty darn close, I still scraped every now and again. NY roads are the least to be desired I can assure you.
    mischman wrote:
    I like your wheel/tire setup. Thats kind of the exact look i want except for your tires are more tucked than i want, i prefer more flush. How much are you dropped?

    I'm maxed on the coils in the rear... I'm guessing 3 inches. Might lower the front a little more since I've got a lot more thread to play with there.
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    CadenceScion wrote:
    A 225/40/18 tire is plenty and Eibach Prokit will drop you approx 1.5''. I had to be careful w/ my tC and I wasn't the lowest in my town but pretty darn close, I still scraped every now and again. NY roads are the least to be desired I can assure you.


    Pictures of that tire you posted.

    That's the tire size and look i want. I want them flush and with a 1-2 inch gap between the top of the tire and the fender(front and rear).

    Your recommending Eibach Prokit for the springs and Tokico Struts to achieve this look?
    A quick search shows the springs at $200 and the struts as $500. At that price....wouldn't i just be better off trying to ;) lowball ;) Ghost for his coilovers?

    I REALLY like the way this TC LOOKS!
    mine are also 225/40... but I'm gonna go 205 when I get new wheels.
    I have the rs1 lip & the Eibach sportline lowering springs with tokiko blue shocks on 18x8 wheels except they are on 215/40/18 tires. Here are some images, you can see i still have some gap between the tire and wheel well; these pics might help you:
    imports4life wrote:
    I have the rs1 lip & the Eibach sportline lowering springs with tokiko blue shocks on 18x8 wheels except they are on 215/40/18 tires. Here are some images, you can see i still have some gap between the tire and wheel well; these pics might help you:



    Look awesome! You don't rub at all when you make sharp turns full to the left or right? No problems if you hit a crack or bump on the highway? What offset are you running?
    • Edited 1 times, last by imports4life on .
    no rubbing at all but I don't have any spacers, but I do scrape some things like a high driveway or if I go over a bump to fast but nothing serious but if you don't use the lip than you won't scrape, and the wheels are +35 offset
    imports4life wrote:
    no rubbing at all but I don't have any spacers, but I do scrape some things like a high driveway or if I go over a bump to fast but nothing serious but if you don't use the lip than you won't scrape, and the wheels are +35 offset


    I'm more worried about rubbing than scraping. I don't want anything to do with spaces or cambers. I'm thinking i'm going to go with that setup. Thanks Cadience, Imports and Apoth
    ok cool, yeah I didn't want to have to deal with rubbing and rolling the fenders and all that either but glad I could help you
    I might not use the same offset though. I'm still going to look into that.
    • Edited 1 times, last by mischman on .
    I have a few more questions....

    Give the fact that my front strut is already leaking. Should i replace the struts/springs or wheels first? Some people say to put the wheels on to see how much lower you want to go and some people say to go lower than look at how the wheels will fit? What do you guys recommend? There will be about 2-3 months between purchase time of struts/shocks and wheels. I'm 99% sure i'm going with the Tokico Struts and Eibach springs.
    If it was me I'd replace the springs and the struts at the same time.
    • Edited 1 times, last by mischman on .
    I'm going to go through Meng for everything. Anything else i need to buy besides a spring compressor(if i install myself)?

    Struts.
    http://stores.mengmotorsp...Blue-HP-Series/Detail.bok

    For the springs do i get the prokit or the sportline. Which one do you guys have? Is the drop amount the only difference between the 2?

    Sportline
    http://stores.mengmotorsp...wering-Springs/Detail.bok

    Prokit
    http://stores.mengmotorsp...o-kit-lowering/Detail.bok
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