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Old 05-29-2001, 06:44 PM   #1
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Post What are the dissadvantages to lowering your car?

I am planning on purchasing some used v5 struts and H&R springs. Will lowering my car with this setup hurt anything (mechanically) other than just having a stiffer ride?
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Old 05-30-2001, 05:34 AM   #2
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you might want to get a rear differential protector. Lowering the car won't hurt anything, it will just take away some of your ground clearance and make your car handle better, the ride might get a little rougher to but I think its worth it.
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Old 05-30-2001, 05:51 AM   #3
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Get an alignment afterwards... lowering your car will give you more negative(?) camber and could make your tires wear unevenly and prematurely.
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Old 05-30-2001, 07:33 AM   #4
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hehehe and...

you'll scratch the front end...
dent up your exhaust shields a bit...
scratch your muffler more than likely...

and bottom out when you have passengers...
other than that???

nah.... no worries

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Old 05-30-2001, 02:09 PM   #5
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I love watching lowered honda's get high centered on speed humps.

I love speed humps, have you ever seen these things?

I take em at 60 or so!
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Old 05-30-2001, 06:56 PM   #6
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I have V5 struts and 5Zigen lowering springs which drop the car about 1.5". The car handles extremely well (new tires account for that too). I don't think it's really all that low. Only one person asked me if it was lowered since I did it, so that should tell you something. It definetely doesn't look "slammed". As far as ground clearance, it still gets through the deep snow about the same as it did when it was stock. You know the MY99 RS front bumper makes a great snowplow! I don't really go off-road, so I don't care about that. I definetely wouldn't lower the car if you plan to go off road a lot though.

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Old 05-30-2001, 10:56 PM   #7
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How much you lower the car all depends on what type of driving you do, and the quality of the roads in your area. KYB AGX helps with a lot of that, but you may not want to lower your car all that much if you use it for recreational rally style driving or on bumpy roads and step driveway angles....unless you can pay for lots o'front bumpers. Subaru's can actually handle VERY well without lowering the car a bunch. I have Whiteline Springs that only lower the car .75" and I very happy with the handling and versatility. Also, if body roll is what is bugging you, a 20mm rear sway bar helps tremendously. If you already have that, stiffer bushings help, and/or a front and rear strut tower bar.

Function over Form

P.S. Try not to lower the car any more than 2" it can make the car "darty" or twitchy" and can make the car hard to control at over-the-limit recovery. Others disagree but that is my opinion based on personal experience.

EDIT> I just noticed that you said you may be buying the Ver 5 Struts...I don't know why I got the KYB AGX stuck in my head. Due to the STi V5 strut's shorter overall length t accomidates lowering a bit better. I have those struts and really enjoy them. Stiff, but good. Not to stiff. The only problem is that my tires rub a bit. My next set of tires will b lower profile...we will see if that does it.

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Old 05-30-2001, 11:43 PM   #8
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Our Scoobies like something close to stock ride height. I noticed a much better ride and handling one inch down, vs. almost two inches down. Mike Shields has an explanation about why this is on his site.

There is also the camber issue, and the practicality one. Slamming a car makes it a pain in the butt over stuff that other cars just drive over with impunity.

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Old 05-31-2001, 12:29 AM   #9
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One very bad thing you will develop is an addiction to take corners faster and weaving thru traffic all the time. Why you would do this? Just because the car is so composed, and the plain fact you can. Now when I think back, I cannot imagine me driving any other stock car. Its just sick what a lowered legacy can do. It still amazes me what awd performance dropped cars can do! After 1 year, I still cant get tired of the setup - infact love it even more.

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Old 05-31-2001, 12:35 AM   #10
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Ya, you loose a bit o' ground clearance, but other than that it's not a huge worry if you don't lower it too much. If you lower it a lot, then you start to have problems
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Old 05-31-2001, 12:35 AM   #11
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there is only one functional disadvantage that could be a prob. but u seem to have that under control w/ the Ver 5 struts you mentiond.

my friends 96 eclipse GSX, had Skunk 2 adj. coil overs. on the original shocks, due to the lowerd stance, it caused the shock pistons to ride in a new area of the shock bore, its not supposed to be there, caused extra wear (it rode in the 'control' area)and the shocks were SHOT, you could move them in and out by hand very easily, NOT good.

theres basically 2 zones in a shock: 'comfort' and 'control' at stock height and normal conditions, it runs in 'comfort' soaks up bumps and makes a smooth ride. when u hit BIG bumps, the shock travles to the 'control' sectoin of the bore, allows dampening fluid to travle past piston faster, and allows the wheel to follow the irregularities of the road alot easier and faster. when u LOWER ur car, it will RIDE in this area, and the fluid moving in and out of this area fast, and repeatedly, will cut into the piston and o rings, and ur dampening effect will diminish. ur car will bounce and tires can lose contact w/ road on bad bumps.

solution; Deep sixed the Skunk 2's and switched to a complete Tokico coilover set up. thing looks MEAN. got 18s on it, Apex N1, got one of the meanest stances ive ever seen.

just fyi bro.

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