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Old 01-12-2003, 00:23   #1 (permalink)
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Question Ride height

whats the best all round ride height for handling when lowering an EA?
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Old 01-12-2003, 02:05   #2 (permalink)
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i have kings superlows, they drop 2" down from stock EA/B ride height (1" from XR6) and teamed with the right shock absorbers they do wonders for handleing.

make sure you get a wheel alignment when you lower it, and budget about $150 (well, thats about right for aussie stuff) that should get you a wheel alignment and a camber kit for the front end, ask for about 1.5-2 degrees negative camber, unless you drive like a grand dad 90% of the time, this will not be too much, i have about 2 degrees neg camber on my car and i get nice even wear for my driving style - the slower you drive the less neg camber you need.
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Old 01-12-2003, 02:35   #3 (permalink)
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I put lowered king spring into my car... and the ride is shocking now. Sure she can go round corners good, but the ride is super rough and everytime I go over even small bumps it's so firm it feels(and sounds) like the dash is gonna fall off.

I'm thinking about going back to my S-Pac springs :|
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will lowering it 2" compromise the ride much? If so, whats a good midway point for handling and comfort?
thanks fo input
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donuts what shocks do you have? kings are not a hard spring, did you keep the stock shocks? taking a wild stab in the dark, i would say you have a set of munroe sensatrac shocks, but for standard ride height, not for lowered ride height...am i close?

shocks make more of a difference to ride than springs do.

i got my shocks rebuilt stiffer to match the springs by a guy who does them for the VN/EA race series cars, the ride is great (better than or the same as standard) with me or me and gf in the car, but gets a little bit bouncy when there are people in the back too, i will get him to make the rear shocks stiffer then they already are when i get around to it, but its not a huge problem.
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I have Monroe Sensa-trrac shocks in my XF, with super-low king springs, and the ride is pretty rough, but I have learned to live with it. My car sits 4" lower than a stock XF tho. I don't know if they are for standard height, because they were in the car when I got it.

Donuts2001, Don't take the springs out!! You will get used to it and learn to watch for big potholes on the road.
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if you have standard sensatrac in a lowered car it will ride like crap because the variable damping of the shocks will always be in the 'hard' section of the shock, as if you are hard on the brakes or turning hard into a corner, so they are always stiff.

match the shocks to the springs and so long as you have an adequate amount of suspensiuon travel left you will get a good ride.
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i have pedders springs all round and short stroke struts on the front and shocks on the rear and it handles pretty good, and the ride is pretty good.....and i have 17's as well, and it ain't too bad considering.....

The more k's the car has done equals how many rattles you'll have, mine's pretty good, but my mates xf is shocking!
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My shocks have "Australia Rides Monroe Gas" on them... so I'm pretty sure they are GT Gas shockies.

They felt in pretty good condition when I had to take them off to put the kingsprings in.

I doubt i'll get used to it... the dash rattles everytime I hit a bump and it's very rough when you do.
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Change to a shock suitable for a lowered car and you should get better ride.
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