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Old 05-27-2012, 09:15 AM   #1
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lowering a Stock 03 zx5

How low can I go. An what brand to use I wanna do it right. And are there any other tips or do's an dont's I should no about


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Stickys & links are your friend= take time to read them, lots & lots of great info here

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1st off to FF. Stickys above ^^^^ are your freind. Take an hr or so & go thru all the how to's= I know it'll take you longer. thou. There is a lot of info in this Forum. Hit up Trevor @ Tirerack. You can go w/ FRPP's springs & dampers, that'll get you a -1.5'' drop. Eibach's Sportline system= springs & dampers= f2.2''/r 2.0'' drop. What ever you do don't just add springs & call it a day. You need dampers=struts/shocks to go w/ those springs.
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I just added the complete svt kit to my zx3. Didn't lower it much but greatly increased handling. Also beware of the lower control arms. They can cause major issues
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I've been browsing through the stickies as well and was wondering if there's a one stop shop to get everything I'd need for a stock 07 ZX3. I was thinking about the Eibach sportline kit but not sure what other items I'd need for alignment such as the camber bolts and front kits and if I'd need new struts and shocks or if they're even necessary.
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I've been browsing through the stickies as well and was wondering if there's a one stop shop to get everything I'd need for a stock 07 ZX3. I was thinking about the Eibach sportline kit but not sure what other items I'd need for alignment such as the camber bolts and front kits and if I'd need new struts and shocks or if they're even necessary.
If your gonna lower it I reccomend new struts/shocks. Not really sure about camber bolts
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Get the sportline system=springs & dampers

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If your going for Sportlines= get the Sportline system= springs/struts/shocks. Hit up Trevor@ Tirerack.
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Is there a link to this kit on tirerack? I tried to find it but not having much luck.
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Is there a link to this kit on tirerack? I tried to find it but not having much luck.
should come up with vehicle search.. i just ordered one on memorial day and it came in wednsday.. lol
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The practical drop limit with just springs is about 2". With coilovers its 2 to 3". You can go even lower with airbags. As you go lower you need stiffer springs and firmer shocks to make up for the loss of suspension travel. This increase in stiffness/firmness will significantly compromise ride quality and handling on anything but a perfectly smooth road surface. I've always felt that a 1.5" drop is a good compromise between looks, handling and ride quality. That amount of drop still provides adequate ground clearance and suspension travel and the spring rates don't need to be overly stiff. The aftermarket suppliers seem to agree as there's far more options in the 1.5" range than any other drop (ignoring adjustable coilover options).
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Dropping a focus even 1.5" would require a camber adjustment, or could you get by with out it? I have always thought of a slightly negative camber as improving handling, especially on curves.
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