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Old 04-24-2000, 11:45 PM   #1
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Have a Nice Day? Stock Shocks

hey is it true that if I lower my car with stock shocks..within a year and a half my stock shocks will be dead??? even with like a small 1.5 inch drop???
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Old 04-25-2000, 12:29 AM   #2
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Not sure about the scooby, but im sure its true for all cars. Yes, in time it will kill the stock struts because with lowered springs the strut does most of the dampening and has to work harder than it would with stock height springs. Im probably gonna do it anyways for a while at least, cant afford aftermarket struts just yet.

On a side note, my buddy with an SiR used 2" lowering springs and his stock units died in 5 months. Not sure of the effects of 1.5" though.

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Old 04-25-2000, 01:32 AM   #3
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that is only true if you use cut or some other 'cheapo' spring soloution. if you use proper springs that have the right rates then no, the struts are not taking over from the springs.
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Old 04-25-2000, 10:01 AM   #4
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Cool, that makes me feel better. hehe.. I was just repeating what I heard from some other dude.
What are the 'right' rates for stock struts?
the ones I plan on getting are 225F/180R would that be ok?
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Old 04-25-2000, 02:48 PM   #5
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i have no idea what the rates on my springs are..but they are the kg/mm dr-21's..with 1.5 inch drop...anyone know the rates of these?
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Old 04-25-2000, 03:31 PM   #6
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Here you go syms: <a href="http://www.kgm.co.jp/catalogue/dr21/dr21-subaru/IMPREZA.htm">kg/mm spring rates for Impreza</a>
You gotta find out if you have the DR21 Sport, Supersport or Racing though.
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Old 04-25-2000, 09:30 PM   #7
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well...no matter what kind of springs u use....a full suspenion is still the best to go for...
and IF money is the fact you don't wanna get a full suspension...but just the springs instead....get the right springs...proper installation plus a good driving habit (slow down on unpaved road or poor road condition, i.e. a trail track) are the reasons shocks die so fast too...
i think shocks w/ lowering springs shouldn't last only 5 months...but on the other hand...
some ppl drives 1000km/month on those bad condition roads and some ppl drives 3000km/month on those good one...which one will die faster?! or even someone drives 3000km/month on those bad ones it will die even faster!
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Old 04-25-2000, 11:16 PM   #8
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I got Tein Medium springs on my stock struts. They are pretty good on nice smooth pavement but when it gets bumpy, its a nice bouncy ride I don't htink my stock struts will last more than 6 months the way I drive them and the way they take a beating.

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