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08 LS FE5 Shocks and Struts?? Lowering Springs??

This is my first post so sorry if people have already gone over all of this, just looking for opinions. Anyway, i have a bad strut so figured id go semi all out with a new suspension. was looking at the FE5's from CED.
Cobalt FE5 Struts and Shock Pkg FE5-S
Wondering what else i will need if i buy these. mounts or anything else or keep stock. BTW i have 110K miles. as for springs, ive heard a lot of good things about the SSC lowering springs
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Please let me know what else i would need to make this happen and if the SSC springs are a good choice. I plan on doing this within the next month or so.

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Those are good but don't expect to keep anywhere near the same ride quality as stock.

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thanks for the quick reply. i understand i will be loosing ride quality. ive rode in plenty of lower cars to understand that. as for springs do you have any suggestions? not trying to slam it but drop at least 1.5 inches. and do you know what else i will need with the strut and shock package? also i see you did a 5 lug conversion, did you just get hubs off an ss or something else?
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This is my first post so sorry if people have already gone over all of this, just looking for opinions. Anyway, i have a bad strut so figured id go semi all out with a new suspension. was looking at the FE5's from CED.
Cobalt FE5 Struts and Shock Pkg FE5-S
Wondering what else i will need if i buy these. mounts or anything else or keep stock. BTW i have 110K miles. as for springs, ive heard a lot of good things about the SSC lowering springs
SSC - SSC Lowering Springs #
Please let me know what else i would need to make this happen and if the SSC springs are a good choice. I plan on doing this within the next month or so.

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right there with shipping your almost at $600. You could always just save a bit more and get coilovers and really go all out. I have tien s-stech lowering springs on the stock ss/sc front struts and with the rear shock absorbers, and I hate it. I will never do just springs again. We put coils on my buddy's car and the ride in his compared to mine is like night and day.

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i see where you're coming from and understand. Money isn't the issue for me, i can afford to go coilovers, but i cant constitute spending $1500+ on suspension. If i did go coilovers are there any good "cheaper" ones and what else would i need with them.
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I've only been in cobalt with coilovers and it's my buddys he has the Stance coilovers. I'm pretty sure they go for about 1100 to 1300 depending on where they come from. I;ve also heard of a few people using k-sport and megan coilovers, but i've never driven or rode in a car with them on. They are all basically direct replacements, nothing else is really needed.

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ok, i like the look form those and the BC and Ksport Kontrol also. Is the coilovers all i need? just bolt em up and go or do i need to replace some other parts also. and how bouncy is your friends car? i had a buddy with coilovers on his civic and that thing was bouncy as hell.
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His car on the stance coilovers isn't really bouncy at all. It rides just a tad stiffer then the stock ss/tc.

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ok and im not gonna need anything else? is it going to be rough on my other stock parts?
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I find it hard to believe it's just a tad stiffer. I'm on YYZ's and I wouldn't really want it much harsher.

Yeah it's just 4 new hubs (had one going bad anyways) and either redrill stock front rotors or switch to SS brakes (or another 5 lug brake setup). You'll also need to buy new drums for the rear that are the 5 lug pattern. Lastly for the front hubs make sure they are from anything but the LNF it has a different axle spline than any other cobalt hub. Not sure on what combination would cause you to loose ABS but I don't have it so it wasn't a worry to me.

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