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Old 03-20-2013, 01:50 PM   #15
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Yes, got the Hotchkis 1" for my convertible. Got them after seeing how incredible pics of lowered cars look on this site. and now in person I can say it is even better, wow. The car looks half the size now.

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Old 03-20-2013, 02:02 PM   #16
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Old 03-21-2013, 12:10 AM   #17
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Go with 1" drop to have a firmer, but softer ride. I am slammed at 1.5" inches. I would love to trade for 1". I will soon I am sure. Most likely, coilovers.
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Old 03-21-2013, 04:00 PM   #18
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Wow, this is alot of great info. I really appreciate everyone's input. Did everyone have to get that timing done on your bushings along with an alignment? did anyone not do the timing and if so any issues?
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Old 03-21-2013, 10:43 PM   #19
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Street 1 bushings installed. No issues before installed.
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Old 03-21-2013, 11:01 PM   #20
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Lowered on Eibach pro kit. I have heard great things about all kits. This is my first time lowering a car and I like it. No issues to date.
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Old 03-21-2013, 11:24 PM   #21
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I'm running eibach coil overs. I've been very pleased with them.
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Old 03-22-2013, 11:08 AM   #22
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Will Pfadt springs off a V8 work on a V6?
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Old 03-22-2013, 03:21 PM   #23
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Installed Hotchkis Stage III kit. Dropped 1". Handles 100% better in corners without the body roll like stock. But the kit added sway bars, strut and sub-frame brace which all contributed to stability. I agree you have to be more aware of road conditions being lowered but wouldn't go back due to how much more fun track time is....
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Old 03-25-2013, 05:36 AM   #24
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Thank you for all this info.
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:27 PM   #25
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Wow, this is alot of great info. I really appreciate everyone's input. Did everyone have to get that timing done on your bushings along with an alignment? did anyone not do the timing and if so any issues?
Thanks again.
I did coilovers so not everything applies directly but... I installed them myself and had the alignment shop time the bushings when it was on the rack. I drove it a few hundred miles to let the springs settle before the alignment. Whether it was the springs breaking in and the preload settling out or the timing of the bushings but the car had some bounce before it was timed and aligned. Others have reported similar results, bounce went away after timing. Since springs don't have adjustable preload then I can only assume the timing of the bushings helped others as it helped me. The more you take the car away from its original height the more you'll have negative side effects if you don't time them.

I would also second doing no more than a 1" drop. Anything else and ride quality suffers along with shock longevity. Unless you only want to stare at your car in a parking lot you won't be happy for long. Or do coilovers and drop as low as you want within reason to not scrape hard parts. I'm only dropped 1" on the coilovers but I did it for road course performance/adjustability primarily. The spring swap itself was actually very easy, didn't even require a spring compressor.
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:37 PM   #26
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We recommend Hotchkis springs for a 1" drop and Pfadt for 1.25" Both springs are great.

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Yes. Pfadt redesigned the springs to work on both the V6 and V8 models.

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Old 03-25-2013, 07:48 PM   #27
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..one more thing. In regards to cutting bump stops, I will NEVER run a spring that requires a bump stop to be cut. It's there for 2 reasons.
1) Stopping hard parts from hitting/shock bottoming out
2) Keeping the shock within its correct operating range

Trimming it shouldn't be an issue for #1, but taking a shock out of its operating range is why they die incredibly fast and performance suffers terribly as well. I don't care what any manufacturer says, its not ok in my book to trim a bump stop. My 2 cents, take it for what its worth.
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:50 PM   #28
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