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Old 05-09-2004, 07:10   #1 (permalink)
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Low ride height AND comfort???

Hey fellas, just want to know if its possible to have a fairly low car and to retain SOME sort of ride comfort.

Im riding a ZL Fairlane that looks pretty damn good dumped to the limit. Im thinking of going a bit lower or sticking with the ride height and replacing the shocks and bushes as my current ones are absolutely screwed. Im REALLY feeling like im driving a barge and cant turn for shit. I love taking the corners hard but I dont need a racecar rock solid setup as its supposed to be a cruiser (with a turbo hehe).
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Check out mine it has king lows in the front with hadfield lowered spindles which lower it 2in by themselves,still retains near standard suspention tavel, all nolathane bushes and stills rides quite nicely but goes around corners better than any other ZLs ive been in.
I've also just added a XD front spoiler ( the little black rubber one) which makes it look even lower.
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Check out mine it has king lows in the front with hadfield lowered spindles which lower it 2in by themselves,still retains near standard suspention tavel, all nolathane bushes and stills rides quite nicely but goes around corners better than any other ZLs ive been in.
I've also just added a XD front spoiler ( the little black rubber one) which makes it look even lower.
I had a look at the Hadfield dropped spindles but decided they are next to useless. The spindle is far shorter than Ford spindles. This will make the camber curve even worse (and the stock camber curve is terrible). Suspension isn't one of Hadfield's strong points.

The rear of your car is so low that I reckon your car will do unplanned lane changes when you hit a bump. It deserves a canary for being that low.

All Nolathane bushes is also a common mistake. Nothing like a bit of suspension bind.

The XD spoilers are good. They don't get ripped off when they hit anything because the are so soft. I wish new cars had this feature.
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Hey fellas, just want to know if its possible to have a fairly low car and to retain SOME sort of ride comfort.

Im riding a ZL Fairlane that looks pretty damn good dumped to the limit. Im thinking of going a bit lower or sticking with the ride height and replacing the shocks and bushes as my current ones are absolutely screwed. Im REALLY feeling like im driving a barge and cant turn for shit. I love taking the corners hard but I dont need a racecar rock solid setup as its supposed to be a cruiser (with a turbo hehe).
New bushes front and rear, koni dampeners, adjustable front sway bar, small rear sway bar, 3 degrees of castor, -1 & 3/4degree camber (If you do drive it hard, less otherwise).

How much suspension travel do you have?
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Hey fellas, just want to know if its possible to have a fairly low car and to retain SOME sort of ride comfort.

Im riding a ZL Fairlane that looks pretty damn good dumped to the limit. Im thinking of going a bit lower or sticking with the ride height and replacing the shocks and bushes as my current ones are absolutely screwed. Im REALLY feeling like im driving a barge and cant turn for shit. I love taking the corners hard but I dont need a racecar rock solid setup as its supposed to be a cruiser (with a turbo hehe).
Id start with Koni's set to a softish setting , S/low kings , new rubber bushes (nonothane will make the ride that little bit harsher) and the the sways....

that should handle and ride sweet!

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hahaha Konis, yeah that would be nice. Yeah i was thinking along the same lines though, decent VALUE-for-money shocks, super low kings, and nolathane bushes and sways.

THanks XBGS351 and carsik. Im not sure about the susp. travel, its got battered old monroe shocks, cut v8 springs and oil soaked bushes haha!

oldxr, my car has a very similar stance, maybe a couple of cm higher. still legal though.

The rear of your car is so low that I reckon your car will do unplanned lane changes when you hit a bump.

HAHA oh that brings back memories. Its obvious i didnt know much about cars back when i bought my ride. Looks good and goes alrite. Now im paying for my younger follishness... :(
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^if you cant bring yourself to pay the $$ for the koinis , give pedders comfort gas some thought , not sure how they work with really low springs tho.....
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The rear of your car is so low that I reckon your car will do unplanned lane changes when you hit a bump. It deserves a canary for being that low.
Doesnt look that low mate. My AU was lowered to lowest legal by pedders and its just about as low as that. The lighting plays a big part of it aswell.
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sorry to hijack the thread, but which koni shock would work best for a lower yet still comfortable car? and one that will still keep contact with the road.
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Doesnt look that low mate. My AU was lowered to lowest legal by pedders and its just about as low as that. The lighting plays a big part of it aswell.
Your car is an AU. That has nothing to do with a 20 year old Fairlane. You must measure the suspension travel. The rear needs far more travel than the front.
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