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Old 06-26-2004, 15:26   #1 (permalink)
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Lowering an AU

Hey boy's, I think I would like to lower my AU, but not sure what is the best way to go. Would I be better off trying to source second hand XR6 set up, or say go to someone like Pedders for the work - which I assume will cost an arm and a leg. If I get second hand bits, do I only need the springs, or shocks as well, and any other bits needed. What would pros charge me to change over the set up. It's a big ask guy's I know, but I know next to nothing with suspension. Cheers guy's.
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Old 06-26-2004, 15:43   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Lowering an AU

If you go 2nd hand XR you run the risk of getting some stuffed shocks, and you loose your Futura comfort.
A suspension specialist like pedders can lower your car to whatever height you want, with whatever stiffness as well.
If you want lows, possibly only need springs, for super lows, need springs, shocks & camber kit. You also get a warranty. If you go pedders,haggle about the price, might knock a few $ off.
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I got mine lowered by pedders to lowest legal (this thing scrapes all the time) and that is shocls, springs and camber kit all for around $1000 if i remember correctly. Dont know about how soft they can make the ride though. With my car this low the ride is soooo hard!
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Re: Lowering an AU

a few things to consider

How low do you want to go? How often do you carry adults in the back? How often if ever you use the car to tow? Do you want it to look low or predominatly handle better?

You should always get shorter travel shocks when you lower the springs.. If you go down to 'super low' springs a camber castor kit is also recommended..A set of thicker sway bars and nylon bushes will tighten the car up alot.. THe XR setup although better is still not low or stiff enough for most people so i'd be looking at the Whiteline or Pedders gear for a low and BALANCED set-up
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Re: Lowering an AU

Cheapest way to go would be to keep your std shocks and just fit 'low' springs (superlow do require different shocks).

As Tibbo says, it depends on exactly what you want to do. In my opinion lows are a good height.

I can HIGHLY recommend City Suspension in Springwood.
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Cheapest way to go would be to keep your std shocks and just fit 'low' springs (superlow do require different shocks).

As Tibbo says, it depends on exactly what you want to do. In my opinion lows are a good height.

I can HIGHLY recommend City Suspension in Springwood.
I agree here, but if you can afford it get the better branded spring's like King's, you could try and source some XR's shock's but only if there low klm's.
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Re: Lowering an AU

Just found my invoice from City Suspension;

King Rear Low (KFRL-67) - $140 pair
King Front 'Comfort' Low (KFFL-57) - $140 pair
Labour was $135 but that included shock fitment and work on the steering rack.

Height Differences (in mm and order of RHF, LHF, RHR, LHR);

Before - 615, 610, 622, 620
After - 580, 577, 585, 580
Total drop - 35, 33, 37, 40
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stock xr setup keeps your insurance and ride quality
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Hi my name is dave and i have just lowered my au falcon. I put king springs all the way around and monroe shocks.I did it my self the only thing i did't do is the camber kits which goodyear tyres are doing for me. You would not use second hand parts, Its not worth it i case some thing does happen.
It would cost you @ $140.00 pr for spings,
$110.00 each for front shocks
$125.00 pr for rear shocks
and $ 85.00 each for camber kits
but look around and you mite find better.
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Re: Lowering an AU

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I got mine lowered by pedders to lowest legal (this thing scrapes all the time) and that is shocls, springs and camber kit all for around $1000 if i remember correctly. Dont know about how soft they can make the ride though. With my car this low the ride is soooo hard!
How has the handling changed though?

At 110 is the car fine? Not sure if you can answer this, but at high speed (150+) does the car feel airy like it does with stock suspension?

Also, I have a generic question. With aftermarket suspension is it possible to correct the really crap handling the stock suspension gives? I mean, powering out of a corner on stock Forte suspension isn't exactly safe...then in wet weather accidental wheelspins at lights are not uncommon....I also plan to dump mine, but at the same time fix these suspension problems and make it right sweetly...
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