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Old 10-11-2003, 10:08 AM   #1
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a downside to lowering

OK. i just finished putting in the FK 35/40 kit about 2 weeks ago. i love everything about it except for one small thing i had overlooked until last night. me(300 lbs) + my brother(230lbs) +my roommate(250 lbs) + stereo (100 lbs in hatch) = BACK WHEELS RUB AROUND CORNERS! we were heading out to the video store last night with me driving, my brother in shotgun, and my roommate in the backseat behind my brother. everytime i turned left moderately hard, i got a nice rub. he tried moving to the middle to help balance it out, but all that did was evenly distribute what was one heavy run on one side to two moderate rubs on both! oh well. that was one of the risks i took with getting a suspension that i hadn't found specs on. i'm hoping that downsizing the sound system from two 12s in a massive sealed box to a single 12 or even a 10 will help out. of course, some of us in this house could stand to go on a diet, but i'm looking to take the more realistic approach.

in all, i'd still highly recommend this kit. i know i promised pics by now, but the roll of film that the pics were on got destroyed. i'll try to get some more pics soon.

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PS- anyone else have rub problems like this with another brand of suspension?


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Old 10-12-2003, 08:05 AM   #2
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I have the Eibach Pro-kit, which has roughly the same drop as yours, still with the stock S2 dampers after over a year, and I've never had such a problem, even with a total of five ~200 lb. and above guys in the car and two huge coolers full of beer in the hatch. What are the spring rates for the FK's? The rear rate of the Eibach I've got are right around 170 lbs/in.

Sounds like the FK's are a bit soft. Do you have aftermarket dampers? If not, switching to some stiffer dampers should help some.

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Old 10-12-2003, 08:47 AM   #3
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Will the springs not ruin the S2 dampers? i read that if u get just springs ur stock dampers will go.
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no clue on the spring rates. everyone seems to not know. all i hear is "they're progressive, they're progressive!" the ride is a bit softer than i expected. it's almost like stock. i replaced the dampers at the same time. they came with the kit.

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Will the springs not ruin the S2 dampers? i read that if u get just springs ur stock dampers will go.
Oh, they'll definitely ruin the stocks eventually. I just so happen to have had my front struts both replaced after two different bouts with curbs, so mine aren't exactly terrible. They're definitely not like new though, and I had planned to put Eibach dampers on my car this past summer right before an old man turned left in front of me, putting my car out of commission for 7 weeks. I just haven't had the time or the money to do it since, and I drive my car a LOT less now that I live in the city, so it waits.
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Old 10-17-2003, 03:35 AM   #6
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Sounds like you all need to push.



















Yourselves away from the table sooner. lol j/k
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Well... I have one wifey weighing 120 lbs and one baby weighing 16 lbs so I hope I am going to be ok when I get my new suspension. And my fat 140 lb ass!
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well, problem solved... sort of. i got rid of the 12s today. it was hard to do cause i loved 'em so much, but they're just so impractical. car sits higher now, fells nimbler, and doesn't rub.

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Damn. How heavy was that speaker box anyway ?
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