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Hey guys how is everyone doing?


I want to get started into looking at suspension for my 2004 zx3. I'am looking for a full suspension kit and with a max lowering of 2" (is that too much for just using stock 15" wheels?). Of course i want this thing to feel like it is on rails. Where i live the roads of full of Potholes the size of small children :)P) and there are large speedbumps through out town. So any suggestions in what i should be looking at??

I know their is the Eibach Pro and Sport Systems, SVT kit, and H&R cup kit (kinda too much lowering). So all suggestions and tips are greatly appreciated.

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I say the Pro system is your best bet. It is more aggressive than the SVT kit and not too harsh for the potholes. I have Sportlines and with the roads here they are sometimes too stiff.
 

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sportlines are softer then the pro kit...spring rate wise.

i would get the pro kit. its harsher. lowering your car isnt going to ride better. it will comprimise the ride, anyone who says different is a liar.

get the pro kit, 1.5 drop, good dampers, good spring rates, handles well, rides good for a lowered focus, its a good kit.
 

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frpp kit... 1.5 inch drop although it a def FULL drop.. prob more than 1.5. Ride is stock like but it handles SOO much better in the twisties... I found myself smiling when i was just takin a back road. I am parked a lil uneven so the front is actually a lil higher than that. NOT much but higher. I have a 40 offset wheel and i have never rubbed either.

 

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Im partial to the FRPP kits also. approximately the same drop as the pro-kit from Eibach, but with beefy front struts, a great compromise of handling/balance/ride quality and c'mon if its good enough for the Spec Focus?

Hardcore enthusiasts complain its too soft, some old people think its too hard, but i think its a great Daily driver suspension that will keep me satisfied on the track.
 

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I think the frpp will handle great on a track. I haven't pushed it really hard but so far i def enjoy driving it a lot more. It's def a little stiffer but nothin my grandma would complain about. And i think it prob is a lil bigger of a drop than the pro kit. The old frpp kit mike made used a diff spring than the one i got. They upgraded to a diff stiffer spring which gives the full 1.5+ drop. I LOVE the stance of the car when i look at it.. Any lower and it'd be too low for me.
 

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The lower you go the firmer the springs will be to make up for the loss of suspension travel. Firm springs and potholes don't get along too well with each other. For that reason its a game of compromise to match your desires with the driving environment you have to deal with. An overly firm suspension gets real old real quick as ride quality is generally sacrificed for handling. The mentioned Eibach Pro System (matched springs and shocks) seems to have the made the best compromises in terms of maintaining decent ride quality and significant improvements in handling and "looks".
 

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eibach ftw!
 

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dont want to thread jack or anything, but is there any good kits that have around an inch drop? i dont want to spend all that money on the svt kit then not think its low enough, and also i live by some crappy roads so 1 1/2 might be too much. just wondering, planning ahead. lol thanks guys.
 

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svt kit is around 1".... technically its 0.75 but really is a 1/4" gunna make that much of a diff?
If you are worried about shitty roads the SVT kit is the way to go no doubt about it.... Plus it performs well and the price is right, only reason i didnt buy it was because i wanted it lower...
 

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ok im geting confused here. Some of you say the Sportline is stiffer then the Proline, and some people say the reverse..... Also, FRPP never really heard of them, seen them mentioned by ppl and they are from "mike". Can any one link me to these FRPP's?

For money wise how do the FRPP's compare to the Eibachs?? Just wondering thanks
 

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FRPP stands for Ford Racing Performance Parts. They were made with the Spec Focus Series in mind, so you know they were properly designed.

Ive had both kits (Eibach and my current 1st gen FRPP). The Eibachs were good, i couldnt really complain about them, and they held up decent on the track. I cannot accurately compare the two since the time span between them was over 2 years. But i am completely happy with my FR kit.
 

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ok im geting confused here. Some of you say the Sportline is stiffer then the Proline, and some people say the reverse..... Also, FRPP never really heard of them, seen them mentioned by ppl and they are from "mike". Can any one link me to these FRPP's?

For money wise how do the FRPP's compare to the Eibachs?? Just wondering thanks
Pro spring rates - 137 lbs/in Front, 171 lbs/in

Sport - 131-262 front, 102-171 rear

The pros are a linear rated spring and the sports are progressively rated. They start soft and firm up as they are "leaned" on. Some feel the initial rates for the sports are too soft.
 
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