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So Why Get FE5s with Springs?

So, before buying some aftermarket wheels/tires, I've decided to deal with the suspension first because I feel that even though new rims/tires might be nice, the disgusting wheel gap we have to deal with would ruin it. After reading a lot of stuff about suspension on this forum, I've decided the best option is probably the crateenginedepot.com special with Pedders and FE5 shocks/struts:

http://www.crateenginedepot.com/stor...P2599C515.aspx

My questions for you guys are:

1) Why are the FE5 struts/shocks supposed to be able to withstand the constant compression from lowering springs and not the other stock shocks/struts?

2) For the reliability, is this package a good buy?


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PS If anybody has bought this setup, will you post it below and let me know how long you've had it and how it's doing so far?
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First off, Why go Springs/FE5's? Its half the cost of going coilovers.

I have Eibach Sportlines on. I went 40k on my FE1's (installed springs at 78,000miles... ) without a problem, and then switched over to FE5's. Not having any issues at all. Ride quality will change, handling will improve.

Shocks and struts can handle the lowering springs, but again, it is based on how you drive. If you beat the hell out of your car daily, plan to replace shocks every 50K or so.

I run my car hard, but drive smart, and Like I said, I wasnt having any problems


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The FE1 struts aren't necessarily designed for high spring rate springs, whereas FE5 stuff is...

Pedders makes some of the best springs in the business, you cannot go wrong with that combo. I have all FE5 struts/shocks, control arms and front swaybar, but with SSC springs and it handles incredibly.

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How hard is the install of the fe5 parts? I have no experience with suspension And want to upgrade. Think I can do it?
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If your near Pittsburgh, come see us. We can do a whole swap in under 2 hours for just a couple bucks! :D


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I've had fe5s suspension with lowering springs for over 6 months now and I drive on some of the WORST roads in north America. Very smoothe and handles awesome. Installed it all in about 4 hours with my dad. Not rly hard. So far no issues. But i imagine with the horrible roads I drive on, I'll probably have to replace the suspension sooner than later... Although I hope not.

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I'm looking for a how to and can't find one with pictures. And I'm dumb so pictures are mandatory

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If your near Pittsburgh, come see us. We can do a whole swap in under 2 hours for just a couple bucks! :D
I'm near Cleveland so that would be quite a haul. How much would a normal shop charge?
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How hard is the install of the fe5 parts? I have no experience with suspension And want to upgrade. Think I can do it?
If you know anything about working on cars you can do it yourself.
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I'm near Cleveland so that would be quite a haul. How much would a normal shop charge?
There is a how-to on here that I referred to while doing mine. Pictures and all...I'm not gonna find it for you, but it's here. Quite straightforward...you can figure it out.

Mods if you find the how-to thread please be ever-so-kind and post it up!!

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