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Old 01-29-2014, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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Ok i have been trying to look around and figure out what I can about spring rates. I am on B&g's and they are to soft it hits bump stops on every pebble in the road. I did removed most of the bump stops. Shocks and struts are FE5. The B&G spring is progressive.
Maybe I put the rears in upside down? Does it matter? There is nothing in my trunk but the spare tire and the battery. So nothing is weighing down. Went to the B&G website and it does not say what the spring rate is.
There are sooooooo many springs and coil overs out there its hard to know what to buy. I have seen cars lower than mine ride smooth which is what i would like. Low and smooth not all bouncy like a go cart.
Any ideas, hints, or even hey you are doing this wrong would be appreciated. And thank you for listening.
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How long have you had them in?

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They have been under the car for about 2 years or so I guess.
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People rarely talk about spring rates, it's mostly just brand names that fly around. If you want low, B&Gs are supposed to be one of the better ones. However, if you want something that performs well, people say great things about YYZs. The drop isn't staggering but you'll more than make up for it with other qualities. I run Pedders and they're pretty much the same deal as the Powell springs.

Maybe your set is just tired?

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I've thought about the fact they could worn out. But springs don't really wear out unless you beat on it hard doing some rock crawling maybe? I have friends in in the off road world and one of which beats on his truck pretty hard thanks to his one ton axles. I have only ever seen broken leaf springs. So I have no idea what's wrong with my car.
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Maybe you have bad shocks. It it just in the rear?

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BTW I have FE5 shocks and struts and B&G springs and my ride is very stiff, more like a sports car.



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The front doesn't really hit bump stops it's mainly the rear. It has been like this sense I installed the FED shocks and struts.
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I guess I am not familiar with the term "hitting bump stops". What do you mean by this?

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OK I googled it. I didn't even realize Cobalts had bump stops. So if you mean the ride bottoms out, what kind of bumps are you going over?



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when the bump stops touch each other while driving hitting bumps, dips, speed bumps. Also called bottoming car out?
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when the bump stops touch each other while driving hitting bumps, dips, speed bumps. Also called bottoming car out?
Bottoming out when you scrape the bottom of the car on the road or a speed bump...

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Don't buy Twin s-techs because I have the same issue you have...

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