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Old 11-19-2001, 15:06   #1 (permalink)
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Ford sports suspension kit opinions

Hi,

I have a standard Au forte with the original sloppy suspension. I am thinking of going back to my ford dealer and getting the new sports suspension kit for $699 fitted. This includes 4 new springs, 4 new shocks and bump stops.

Has any1 got opinions on this? Has any1 actually had this modification fitted?

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Old 11-19-2001, 19:47   #2 (permalink)
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I reckon you would be better off going to an aftermarket suspension expert such as http://www.whiteline.com.au/.
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Old 11-19-2001, 20:23   #3 (permalink)
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Any reason for that?

What makes the aftermarket kit any better?

The thing is, I don't want to spend thousands on a plain old Au forte and that seems okay. The other thing is it covered by warranty and I won't get hassles from the insurance company as it's factory fitted.
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Just because it's a factory option doesn't mean the insurance companies will like it. A mate tried to get coverage for his VT exec with factoryy order FE2 suspenion. Found it very hard. And for the money I reckon you can't go wrong.
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Old 11-20-2001, 00:39   #5 (permalink)
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Hmm,

I rang them up and they were very knowledgeable but my fears were realised - very expensive indeed. I think I was looking at over $1500 to sort out the handling and once I add a set of 17's and tyres it kind of blows the budget.

While the factory sports may not be the best I have to remeber its only a forte not an XR6/8 so it's probably a waste of money to put mega suspesion on it.
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Hi,

I personally wouldnt want to go for the factory suspension. I recently upgraded my suspension from the standard XR suspension to a set of Low King Springs and Koni Adjustables. It cost me under $600 to do this!!!

Believe me - there is a HUGE difference!!

And with the insurance... you will get problems with any suspension changes... factory or not.
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Now $600 sounds good for king springs and koni's - where was that done? I can remember a post about West Ryde Midas a while ago.

If so I guess I should givce Mick a call there and sort something out.

BTW did you end up having to do anything like install a camber kit with the super low's???
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Hi,

Yeah - I got Mick from Midas to install it.

He also did Advilliax's rear springs. He only charged him $50 for fitting I think.

I didnt need to get a camber kit.. I already have half of one! (YES HALF!) But there is plenty of clearance still.

I did have a full camber kit before.... but the last time I was getting a wheel alignment I was informed that only 1 side had a camber kit, and the cover on the inside of the wheel arch (front passanger side) was missing!!!!
Still have no idea where these parts went, or when they dissapeared!!
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It all depends on how you want to drive it. I have an AU Forte with factory Tickford suspension, and it is a pretty tidy handler, so yeah factory may be the way to go!
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Hmmm,

Looks like the Ford suspension is the go - I called Midas and they quoted me $1000 to do 4 springs and 4 monroe gas shocks!

How the hell can anybody justify that sort of variation in cost? Why does anything associated with cars have to be somewhat shonky?
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