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Old 02-26-2008, 12:18 AM   #1
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HELP: What springs will make me happy

Hey guys,

So I have my 2005 2.0L duratec ZX4 FoFo and im really getting to hate the stock (soft) suspension setup. I mean there's just way way to much body roll and therefore the centre of gravity is really high :(
Now, im not big on huge changes to the car, but rather would like to keep it looking decent. The roads are also not too good over here, so keeping that in mind nothing too stiff i guess. SO the big question to you guys is: HOW CAN I GET BETTER CORNER HANDLING???
Willing getting springs to the trick or should I probably also upgrade my shocks.
I slight drop would be no problem but nothing more than 1" (I think)...
I've been looking at all kinds of kits but i have no idea how stiff they are.

RIGHT NOW i feel like i should just go for the SVT upgrade kit offered by STEEDA
http://www.steedafocus.com/store/Sus...duct_info.html

Any SVT owners who could give me some insight on the differences between their suspension versus that of stock FoFos!

ps. ordered those SVT 6 spoke rims (2004, I believe)

Thanks as always guys


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Old 02-26-2008, 12:20 AM   #2
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I've been looking at eibach springs also.

Other mods will be:
http://www.steedafocus.com/store/Suspension-&-Chassis-Steeda-Strut-Tower-Braces/c31_195/p478/Steeda's-Chrome-moly-Strut-Tower-Brace---'05-'07/product_info.html

good? bad?
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i would go with the eibach 1.2 / 1.6 they offer this way its not to stiff and looks better than the minivan style lol also the tein stech are nice had t hem on my 2000 zx3 i had 2.2 drop but they were stiff but i loved it
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The SVT springs will offer you about 25-30% increase in stiffness and a 3/4" drop over the stock springs, plus the rear swaybar comes with that too I think. The ride will def be noticeably better but still forgiving on crappy roads. If you want to stay under a 1" drop, then the SVT springs are going to be a good answer for you. They will also be kind on your wallet.

I opted to drop my svt an addl 3/4" and put stiffer springs on. The roads here have gotten pretty bad and once in a while I catch myself thinking about going back to the SVT springs just to pamper my car a lil, but I know I will miss my current set up.

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The SVT springs will offer you about 25-30% increase in stiffness and a 3/4" drop over the stock springs, plus the rear swaybar comes with that too I think. The ride will def be noticeably better but still forgiving on crappy roads. If you want to stay under a 1" drop, then the SVT springs are going to be a good answer for you. They will also be kind on your wallet.

I opted to drop my svt an addl 3/4" and put stiffer springs on. The roads here have gotten pretty bad and once in a while I catch myself thinking about going back to the SVT springs just to pamper my car a lil, but I know I will miss my current set up.

Damned if you do, damned if you dont :)
Thanks, your imput sounds very promising! I feared it would be a 5 to 10% increase in stiffness. That 3/4" drop is much welcomed as well and won't put me in trouble (mind you my driveway is gravel)

This SVT setup is available for sedans (ZX4) right??

Oh god i hope it is
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http://www.fordracingparts.com/parts...tKeyField=6782

i was thinking about getting these also and i have a sedan as well (SE)
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The SVT springs will offer you about 25-30% increase in stiffness and a 3/4" drop over the stock springs, plus the rear swaybar comes with that too I think. The ride will def be noticeably better but still forgiving on crappy roads. If you want to stay under a 1" drop, then the SVT springs are going to be a good answer for you. They will also be kind on your wallet.

I opted to drop my svt an addl 3/4" and put stiffer springs on. The roads here have gotten pretty bad and once in a while I catch myself thinking about going back to the SVT springs just to pamper my car a lil, but I know I will miss my current set up.

Damned if you do, damned if you dont :)
I think those percentage increases have been overstimated. The increase in front is more like 17.3% (110 vs 129 lbs/in.) and the rear is 24.6% (126 vs 157 lbs/in). The amount of lowering seems to keep growing as well. Most reports keep the drop in the half inch area. That said the SVT suspension kit is still the best bang for the buck available. If you do have to contend with bad roads, this is a great compromise as a lower drop will punish you far more in this situation.
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can't go wrong with the eibach pro kit
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^^^^^Pro system is even better!
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i'm glad this info came up now..need to buy new springs, but didn't want to lower car more than 3/4 to 1"...i too have to contend with bad roads and to top it off the 1 use daily (rte 28 in the adirondacks) is scheduled to be torn up and improved for the next 2 years so i couldn't get any lower, but need better springs to handle conditions..have kyb gas struts that have helped ride
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