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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-18-2011, 10:16 AM Thread Starter
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Kill Wheel Gap $500 Budget

Hey guys, I have a base model LS 4 door, was going to trade it for an equinox but decided to pay it off quick and save for a house.

Gotta do LCA's and endlinks this week and hope to regain some ride quality because it is AWFUL!

I am getting a set of 16's the LTZ factory wheels with good tires on Sunday and rather than worry about added power to a base model I just want to make it look decent, the car is gold and I will be powdercoating the wheels black.

Im looking to lower the car about 2" but I dont want to kill the ride, what I cant figure out is that I see people talking about lowering springs with fe5 struts, are these brand new considered good for lowering a car on? I thought all stock struts couldnt handle a drop?

Anyways, im looking to kill some wheel gap with a bit of a budget, dont care about handling. Which way should I go here? Thinking B&G's but not sure which struts to use. Im just worried about the ride being crappy after 6 months on stock fe5's, is there a better strut thats less than the price on Koni's?

And I can increase my budget a bit im just looking for something decent for a low price, dont want to cheap out but I dont want to spend $700+.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-18-2011, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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right now i can get a set of used never mounted megan springs for $80 and im wondering how KYB excel struts work with a drop? they are fairly cheap and from what i remember KYB is a good company.


in addition to this will i need a camber kit? Im still not exactly sure what it is exactly my guess is a kit that also more tuning options for an alignment right?
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Get the LNF struts. KYBs are stock replacments will with blow just as fast as stockers. CED has them for a decent price!
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Get the LNF struts. KYBs are stock replacments will with blow just as fast as stockers. CED has them for a decent price!
x2^^ lnf dampers are the best non coilover option for this car. They were dialed in on the Nurburgring. And believe it or not, the lnf cobalt held the fwd lap record there for a while. Of course the Europeans wouldnt allow it to stand for long. lol
And no need for a camber kit on this car.
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i just want to make sure they will not ride like rocks, im not taking corners fast maybe once a month at the most.
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lnf struts and tenzo springs

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im looking for some more information here guys, I cant find those struts/shocks anywhere.



I can get a set of Megan springs new for $50 from a friend that he never used on his 4dr. how do those ride? he thinks they are a 2" drop but is not sure.
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I didnt even know Megan made coil springs for this car. So i wouldnt know about them. If they only drop 2'' though, they might not be coilbound like most 2.5'' lowering springs for this car. That would make the ride quality better.
For ride quality, everyone likes thier SSC/Canuck motor sports lowering springs. They seem to be hard to find nowdays from what i hear though.

Heres a link to the dampers. Cobalt FE5 Struts and Shock Pkg FE5-S - Crate Engine Depot

Just looked on megans site, and it says 2'' for 2.0 and 2.4, so probably 2.5'' drop on a 2.2. http://www.meganracing.com/products/...=1036&catid=44

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why buy used springs when you can get a new set in budget. megan springs are "cheap" tenzos dont drop too low and arent that rough of a feel.

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the springs are like a year old but never got mounted. so they arent "used".
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