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Old 04-24-2009, 11:19 AM   #1
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How low can you go...

I'm starting from a stock suspension and I have 17" rims with 45 series tires. I know that if you drop it over 2 inches you're going to destroy your stock struts, but can I even GET two inches with the rims and tires I have? Or should I go for about 1.5 inches?


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If You drop Your car at all, it will require springs, shocks and struts. Simply adding lowering springs will kill the shocks/struts quicker than anything. You won't have any problems going to a 2" drop, but You will need rear camber bolts and front plates. 1.5" shouldn't need any major adjustments, other than alignment, if I remember correctly. Other more informed people will eventually chime in, but if You are going to mess with suspension, You really should replace everything, not just springs, or You'll be back under there replacing shocks/struts before You know it.
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Old 04-24-2009, 12:06 PM   #3
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Anyone have reasonable prices for the entire set?
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I'm starting from a stock suspension and I have 17" rims with 45 series tires. I know that if you drop it over 2 inches you're going to destroy your stock struts, but can I even GET two inches with the rims and tires I have? Or should I go for about 1.5 inches?

A lot depends on the wheel width, tire width, and offset. A 215/45-17 on a 17x7" rim with a 45 to 49mm offset works nicely with a 1.5" drop and in most cases a 2" drop. The 1.5" drop is a good compromise between looks and maintaining adequate clearance.
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Anyone have reasonable prices for the entire set?
Throw Mike from Hilbish Ford a pm and he can get everything you need and at a good price too.
He got me everything that I needed including sway bars for a little over $600.00 and he put the fronts together for me.
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No way in hell my wife would let me spend that much on suspension. Replacing shocks, struts and springs to start off with would get by her much more easily. If I were going to spend that much money I'd rather get a new cam set and pulleys, etc..
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you can get the svt strut/shocks with springs and rear sway from mike for like 260 best deal it only a small drop but the handling is great
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Wise men always do the suspension/handling (and good rubber) before power. In the long run its cheaper and more fun too, even if you never follow up with more ponies. The basic FRPP kit (springs and shocks) is under 400.00. Eibach Pro System (springs and shocks) is around 475.00-500.00. Both afford a 1.5" drop. We have the pro system and I can say if affords a significant improvement in handling with minimal impact to ride quality (wife loves to drive it .....when we give her the chance). It made a competent car a very fun car to drive.
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I think the 1.5 inch is the best drop for the focus. that way, you're not having to mess with camber bolts and plates. if you don't feel like spending around 400 bucks, go with the SVT package.
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my frpp 1.5" lower springs made me get the camber bolts but i just had the alignment guys put them in.......
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