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Old 03-11-2009, 09:51 PM   #1
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Angry Tired of my stupid pain in the A (literally) stock suspension

Alright yeah, I'm young......why the hell would I have back problems, right? well I'd probably be fine if I hadn't thrown it out twenty times too many, or something of the sort (some people just don't learn....apparently I'm one of them ) but damn it I'm tired of going over every little moderate size (even small) bumps, dips, pot holes......whatever, and having a sore ass and mid to lower back whenever I get to work or home...... and I'm almost willing to go as far as not driving cause this is getting kinda ridiculous now.....

ok rant time's over, had to get that out a bit; but really, I'm not far from it.....

I gotta ask, there are quite a few different suspension set ups out there for the focus. Who can attest to having the best ride? by that I mean not compressing your spine everytime you hit a dip in the road (slight exaggeration, but it almost feels that way sometimes) going over bumps and potholes with more uh......softness, and I don't want a big drop, I have a lovely foot wide, half foot deep gutter depression along the whole street into the driveway that's a killer for anything dropped below maybe 1.5"......

in simpler terms, what's out there for a nice smooth comfortable ride? Anyone remember The Transporter, the first one? remember he says something about his shocks as he's driving up a staircase? I could use some of those about right now.

Gimme your thoughts, guys n gals...... my ass will thank you


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Old 03-11-2009, 10:02 PM   #2
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My chiropractor said if you drive for more than 1 hour it is really bad for your back. He also told me that small hits to the back add up. I had a bad back when I was 18 and still do (Damn sports). You should really see a chiropractor.

But for suspension stay away from eibach because they will make the ride really rough. Don't get me wrong they are a great brand but not for your application. You can look into getting a good set of tires because they acted like springs to smooth out the ride.
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If you looking for something smooth, i couldn't reccomend anything but the SVT suspension. If you're looking for something not expensive then opt for the SVT Suspension. Its about 260, and only lowers your car about .5 inch from stock i believe.. From what I've heard it is great. Also, you might want to look any adjustable shock (Koni's, KYB, etc.) This will let you further even more adjust your firmness/softness driving.

Sometimes tire do the trick also. I just got some Kuhmo All Season and it made a better ride, but that will only last for so long.
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Try some KYB GR2's Mike. Great OEM replacement shocks.
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Old 03-11-2009, 10:15 PM   #5
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^^ how would OEM replacements work out? the stock ones suck for me anyway.

well I don't normally have back problems, and I haven't thrown it out for a while, but I do get a very rare occasional twitch (I guess you could say) once in a very long interval, but it just makes me kinda sore down there when I'm driving usually (some days it's ok, but it's still.... sucky, the others)

also I'm getting a bit uh, mushy, with the steering (any bumps or dips send me trying to control the car more than I'd like too) I think I need to replace those endlinks now as I've heard old worn ones (like mine) kinda kill the steering rigidity.

can anyone who has actually added the whole thing give a word or two about the SVT setup? I'd been planning on that orginally, but who knows now, lol)
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I drive daily on the eibach pro-system (includes tuned dampers) and when im in my friend's svt its like riding on a cloud comparatively...
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^^ wow..... that's saying a lot. (I mean it)

maybe...... buy the SVT kit, and then try to sell (someone'll want them, yeah?) the SVT struts, and buy those KYB struts. eh I dunno lol, just thinking out loud for a sec lol.
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waste of money imo, the svt struts are tuned very well to the springs
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^^ yeah that's what I was thinking......
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well..... the drop may be worth it, but not for me lol...... a dent on every return trip, lol.

sounding good for SVT suspension.

has anyone installed the full thing? is it fairly hard to do or no?
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