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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-30-02, 03:58 AM Thread Starter
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HELP! My car handles like a boat!

Seriously, Every time I turn a corner, I hear a little voice saying something like "hoist the mainsail!" or "man overboard!" or something. Maybe I am goin nuts...

Anyway, I have an ED Fairmont, I want to lower it (but not heaps because of the crap roads I drive on). It is getting 17 inch "Speedy Longchamps" wheels on wednesday, so that will help, but it needs more work.

My question is then, what is the best solution? XR6 springs and shocks all round? Or Kings Low and koni's? or what? And what sort of money am I looking at?

Help! I need a better excuse to drive around with kegs full of rum...

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New Bushes (superpro)
Kings Superlow springs
Decent lowered shocks (Koni, Bilstein etc)
Larger sway bar
Decent tyres

That should do the trick:s6:

Took my car through the Great Ocean Road with the above setup (except the swaybar) the other day and it seemed to handle quite well.
Only the mudflaps were bottoming-out so its probably at just the right height

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Originally posted by Martin
...Only the mudflaps were bottoming-out so its probably at just the right height
I don't recall that being your thoughts at the time, hehehe.

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peter_vod69, you need King KFFL-26 springs in front and King KFRL-27 springs in the back plus Bilstein short body shockies ("Sprint" spec) - you'll be laughing. If the rear ends up being too low for your taste then you can get 10mm rear spring spacers from Superpro which fix the stance perfectly - a stance with front and rear the same with half fuel can result in arse low look (yuck!) with even a fairly small extra load on board - so just that 10mm of spacing makes a big improvement.

Those "short body" shockies are not very much shorter than std - there'd be barely an inch worth of difference.

Personally I think it'd be well worth your while seriously considering putting the Bilsteins in first and see how you feel about the handling - I strongly suspect that you'll be hugely impressed plus keep good ground clearance and load capacity. I'm actually running std height rear springs with the short body rear Bilsteins with no problem (have KFFL-26 springs in front tho - so I have a "bum up" look at the moment but that suits me - handles fan-bloody-tastic even like that!). In short, IMO Bilsteins with std springs will probably see you handling as good if not better than any other type of shocky with low springs.

BTW, I have tried Koni Yellow shockies too - I now vote Bilstein all the way - 'nough said?

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I have lowered springs (not King) and Bilsteins in my EB and it is great! Standard swaybars still though. I drive my car pretty sedately so I don't think the expense is justified.

Here are some prices on Bilsteins (they are a couple of years old so just use them as a guide...).

Front Shocks Price $210 each
Rear Shocks Price $170 each
(Includes GST)

Springs you should be able to get for around $120 a pair (plus fitting - rear is DIY, front you'll probably need a mechanic).

You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen. It said, 'Parking Fine.'So that was nice.

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Peter, just get rid of the old girl and get yourself a NEW BARRA XR6T, you'll just love it.
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Go to Whiteline and get a works kit. Gives you everything down to new rear trailing arms and bushes.
Don't bother mucking around with king springs and other shocks. Whiteline have done all this work for you.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-04-02, 06:05 PM
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i had fulcrum do mine full rebuild in the front end and springs shocks and rubbers in the back,king springs and fulcrum shocks.
cost me $1000 but that was 60 % off u do the math, my girlfriends dad is good mates with the owner
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