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Old 09-06-2011, 07:14 PM   #21
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These were installed Friday night. So far, I feel ride quality hasn't changed from stock. I can say handling has improved.

Sorry, the before pics are pretty poor due to the time of day.

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Old 09-06-2011, 08:36 PM   #22
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Looks good. I should be getting mine any day now. Any tips for the install? I've done springs before, just wondering if there were any weird things you came across.
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Old 09-06-2011, 09:01 PM   #23
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Getting the strut assemblies out of the control arms up front proved to be quite the task. Had to sort of pry them apart and bang away. Things are tight in the rear...removed the sway bar to get more clearance in and out with the springs.

All in all, it was more difficult than I was expecting.
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Old 09-06-2011, 11:09 PM   #24
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I'll definitely do this sometime down the road when the shocks need replacing; can't justify the cost if the ones I've got work fine.
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Looks good. Personally I'm going with the Sportline's or H&R's. Debating on doing the install myself or not ...
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Old 09-07-2011, 07:39 AM   #26
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Totally just curious. But my SE with sport package on 17s appears to sit where your Ti does after the springs. Can you do a quick measure for me from the center hub, straight up to the fender well?

I have: 14.25 front, 14.5 rear.
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Old 09-07-2011, 09:10 AM   #27
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Thank you for the pics. Judging by your drop I think I'll be more inclined to go with a drop in the neighborhood of 1.2-1.3 inches.
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Getting the strut assemblies out of the control arms up front proved to be quite the task. Had to sort of pry them apart and bang away. Things are tight in the rear...removed the sway bar to get more clearance in and out with the springs.

All in all, it was more difficult than I was expecting.
Matt, I got my springs from UPS today, so am looking forward to installing them shortly. Did you happen to do any camber measurements/adjustments? I am curious if camber can be adjusted without a camber kit or new bolts. I haven't had any experience with lowering a FWD car so looking for some tips.

FYI if no adjustments were made... I did Roush springs on my Mustang which gave about 1.2" of drop in the front. It put my camber settings at over 4 degrees negative, which will wear out the inside tread on the tires in only a few miles. Had to install aftermarket camber bolts to get them back to around 1.5 degrees.
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Old 09-07-2011, 09:29 PM   #29
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Totally just curious. But my SE with sport package on 17s appears to sit where your Ti does after the springs. Can you do a quick measure for me from the center hub, straight up to the fender well?

I have: 14.25 front, 14.5 rear.
A quick measurement in the dark produced 13 13/16in front and 13 15/16in back. I'm not sure if they are going to settle anymore at this point or not.
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Matt, I got my springs from UPS today, so am looking forward to installing them shortly. Did you happen to do any camber measurements/adjustments? I am curious if camber can be adjusted without a camber kit or new bolts. I haven't had any experience with lowering a FWD car so looking for some tips.

FYI if no adjustments were made... I did Roush springs on my Mustang which gave about 1.2" of drop in the front. It put my camber settings at over 4 degrees negative, which will wear out the inside tread on the tires in only a few miles. Had to install aftermarket camber bolts to get them back to around 1.5 degrees.
I was hoping adjustments wouldn't be an absolute must due to the minimal drop. However, I was just looking at the car, and that may end up being untrue. The front doesn't appear too bad, but the rear definitely has a noticeable negative camber angle.

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Old 09-07-2011, 10:25 PM   #30
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Looks great! That's exactly what I want...lowered a bit, but not that ghetto crap I used to see when I live in Socal. Thanks for the pics.
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