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      06-29-2012, 11:53 AM   #1
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Want to go real low, but not rub - Whats my best bet

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Looking to lower the car, but not have the possibility of rubbing.

I may get wheels (19's) in the near future.

What is my best bet for lowering the car?

Street use only, and Im pleased with the performance of this stock suspension (so I dont need anything crazy, just want a nice drop).

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      06-29-2012, 12:02 PM   #2
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I suggest go with the rims first with the proper offset if not both at the same time. That way, you'll know how low you can go.
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BMW performance suspension would probably be your best best
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thanks box.

green - sounds expensive.

Would the eibach kit be a possibility, or am I asking for trouble going with a spring, and should concentrate on an adjustable coilover?
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      06-29-2012, 01:16 PM   #5
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I always go with coilovers. Properly matched spring rates with dampers plus ride height adjustability. You can never go wrong.
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thanks box, what are the coilovers of choice that won't completely wipe out my bank account
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Most go with KW V1's or ST Coilovers. For sure they ride stiffer than the stock suspension, but not anywhere near too stiff/harsh to me.
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This low?



I have 19x8.5 et 45 front 235 tyre
19x9.5 et 50 Rear 255 tyre

Running KW V1 (comfortable for street and much better then stock, not good enough for track use IMO)

This rubs over big bumps at this height, however with some light guard rolling and running a 225 front instead of a 235 it would be perfect
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yes!

thanks, spacers?

How do St's compare?
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yes!

thanks, spacers?

How do St's compare?
No spacers!
St's I can't comment , all the 1 series down here run KW's. I am very happy with them as I just wanted to lower the car, I have no interest in tracking it.
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Thanks man!

Everything I read - ppl say ST's = KW, and they are the same company (which is true), however, they differ in weight by ALMOST 10 lbs (FWIR). That being said, different materials/components must be at play, and they cannot be equivalent (price alone tells me this)

I think Im going KW. Thanks guys.

Best Price I have found is 1286.49 - anyone do better?
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Best Price I have found is 1286.49 - anyone do better?
Anyone?
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I definitely paid less than that but I had bought a good bit from the company (Gravity Auto, but I don't think they are around anymore) and it was 3 yrs ago. Seems a good price to me.
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Thanks, Ill shop a bit more.
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This low?



I have 19x8.5 et 45 front 235 tyre
19x9.5 et 50 Rear 255 tyre

Running KW V1 (comfortable for street and much better then stock, not good enough for track use IMO)

This rubs over big bumps at this height, however with some light guard rolling and running a 225 front instead of a 235 it would be perfect
Looks great. What wheels are those?
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Those I think are hre p40s

Badass, and expensive, wheels

They could also be a custom set of morr vs8.2, not sure from just one pic
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look like vmr 710's to me ....
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      07-03-2012, 12:19 AM   #18
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kw v2's
make sure you get your fenders rolled nicely
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I will have ST coil for sale soon for $650 with less than 1000 miles on it. I am upgrade to AST
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