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I basically just want the car lowered. I don't care so much about handling or performance gains. I just think the car would look better. Therefore I'm not interested in spending too much money. Do these look legit?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/e...m=220267048724&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT&ih=012

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/e...m=130226655091&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT&ih=003

I was also looking at these since I'm going to order an F2 spoiler from them anyway.

http://www.f2usa.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_2_16_43&products_id=242

If not, what's a good cheap idea for this? Any suggestions are welcome, thanks.
 

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F2 would be your best bet, and stay away from ebay suspension at all costs,[smackbum] but to put it lightly DO NOT cheap out on your suspension. I have a prokit and it was reasonably priced but the suspension is one of the most important parts of your car and you shouldn't risk your safety to save a few bucks.
 

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dont buy suspension from ebay unless its a veryvery very very very very very.... and very well known name... people have bought suspension off ebay, then the focus goes on a lift and the springs litterally fell out of the car...

also, if you go cheap, your car will suffer more because it'll be taking alot harder hits from bumps and such.

i understand totally and about not wanting to spend alot of money on something.... i had 1.5 springs ford racing at first, wanted lower so now im riding on 2.0inch sportline springs from eibach, now i want even lower, so this winter im going to go with D2 or Eibach or H&R coilovers... so just do what you can with what you have, and get quality for what you can spend at the time, and then go from there to get better for the future.
 

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ebay its not an option.. even if they will fit and everything would seem fine, the ride quality wouldnt be very good, just look around more, go to the buy/sell forum and check it out, but again if you get a lower springs - you would need camber bolts for the back for sure - $25 + shipping, camber plates for the front (maybe, depending on ur drop, usually if more than 1.5" drop) - another $100 + shipping and the alignment another $100.. suspension will never be cheap.. + even if you stay with ur stock dampers, you would a new set pretty soon :) so another $200+- and another alignment right after
 

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i want to drop my car but spending $425 without the springs is alot of money, i want t o get some sportlines, or a pro kit dont know yet
 

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I basically just want the car lowered. I don't care so much about handling or performance gains. I just think the car would look better. Therefore I'm not interested in spending too much money. Do these look legit?
Its perplexing that you don't care about handling. Why would you potentially want to make a decent handling car handle worse and accept that for the sake of looks. That makes no sense at the best and is potentially unsafe to you and others at the worst.

That said, suspension is a package. Shorter stiffer springs require shorter firmer shocks to dampen them. Going the "cheaper the better" ebay route you rarely get the information or quality (and safe) product you need. Most of the time its just plain junk. The one spring that was referenced, the Voghtland, is from a quality German manufacturer. It, however, needs to be matched to a quality shock to effectively dampen it.
 

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ebay its not an option.. even if they will fit and everything would seem fine, the ride quality wouldnt be very good, just look around more, go to the buy/sell forum and check it out, but again if you get a lower springs - you would need camber bolts for the back for sure - $25 + shipping, camber plates for the front (maybe, depending on ur drop, usually if more than 1.5" drop) - another $100 + shipping and the alignment another $100.. suspension will never be cheap.. + even if you stay with ur stock dampers, you would a new set pretty soon :) so another $200+- and another alignment right after
I'm not car savvy. All of this is necessary for lowering? I can't just buy the springs from F2 and have them installed for a drop?
 

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I'm not car savvy. All of this is necessary for lowering? I can't just buy the springs from F2 and have them installed for a drop?
If a drop is all you want then yes just install the springs, but understand that it will affect ride, handle pretty poorly, and will begin to bounce like a pogo stick because the shocks will not be able to dampen the stiffer springs for long. You'll also be riding on the bump stops more and more which also dramatically impacts handling let alone ride. Springs alone, especially cheap ones, are not advised.
 

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Then what's a smart yet still affordable thing to do?
 

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Affordable to what standard? You need a reputable shock a strut combination from an established company bottom line. If your looking for a shortcut you won't find one. One suggestion is that you could look for a used kit. Realistically you will have to spend $300+ if you can't swing that, wait till you can.
 

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Will do. I'll just do other things for now that I know are safe and affordable. Thanks for the help.
 
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