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Old 09-26-2012, 09:36 AM   #29
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I love the CTS-V seats also, but I don't like the price to make them work. Unless the price has come down.
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:03 AM   #30
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The 1LE is no different than any other 5th Gen. Improved 1LE performance start with a solid foundation and on a 5th Gen that means we are talking about sub-frame and radius bushes. The coil rates and monotubes are an upgrade over the SS as are the sway bars, but you like your 1LE better when you replace the factory rear bar with a Pedders 32mm Z style bar. These foundational elements will allow you to get the most out of the mods already discussed in this thread.
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:11 AM   #31
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Is there any word on springs that work with a lighter car yet dont require damper changes? Loosing lots of weight will increase the ride height with stock springs, so going shorter is a must. However, because the sprung mass is lower too now, is there a softer spring available?
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:19 AM   #32
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Is there any word on springs that work with a lighter car yet dont require damper changes? Loosing lots of weight will increase the ride height with stock springs, so going shorter is a must. However, because the sprung mass is lower too now, is there a softer spring available?
Let's say we got lucky and found a way to pull 600 pounds out of a 5th Gen and still have a street legal car. The difference per wheel is only 150 pounds. There would be a change in ride height with the loss of weight. That would be mostly offset by the change in vehicle weight to spring rate. One of the issues we have in controlling a 5th Gen is the amount of mass and the limited space in the wheel wells for larger rubber. Drop the weight, add 305/30/19s all around and we would have a much better performing car. If a 5th Gen owner were really serious about weight reduction and performance they would have ditched the 1LE monotubes and gone to coilovers as part of the process.
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