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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 07-25-2015, 10:21 AM Thread Starter
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strut bumpers on fe5?

I'm looking at the fe5 struts. Do I need to order the yellow strut bumpers? what do the strut bumpers do?

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Strut bumpers? All you really need to look out for is getting the proper FE5 shocks ('08-'10), as the older models for the SS/SC aren't as good. Also, you might want to get new endlinks. Moog is good for that. It'd be a good idea to put on some lowering springs while you're at it. YYZ for handling, SSC for low.

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Would the YYZ springs allow me to go 225/50/r17 or would I have to go 45 or lower?

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I currently have 215/55R17 on right now and I am having some rubbing issues with SSC/CM Springs. So chances are you may rub as well with YYZ's.

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you can use your stock bumpstops with the fe5 struts

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OK, cool. I'll use the stock ones. thanks

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Strut bumpers? All you really need to look out for is getting the proper FE5 shocks ('08-'10), as the older models for the SS/SC aren't as good. Also, you might want to get new endlinks. Moog is good for that. It'd be a good idea to put on some lowering springs while you're at it. YYZ for handling, SSC for low.
I read that the Eibachs are some of the best for handling, and they're quite a bit cheaper than YYZs. Which would you go with, PJ?

For Reference, YYZs springs cost about $330 on CED right now, and Eibach Pro-Kits are about $270 on ZZP. Plus, if you get the YYZ springs, FE5 shocks and struts package on CED, it's about $880 while getting the FE5 shocks and struts and Eibachs is only around $600.

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I currently have 215/55R17 on right now and I am having some rubbing issues with SSC/CM Springs. So chances are you may rub as well with YYZ's.
I'd also point out that those are a bit bigger than stock. If you had steelies, your overall diameter was 24.2" so if you want the speedo to read correctly, find something similar in size. If you want to keep stock size, I'd suggest 225/40R17, but you'd probably be okay with the 225/50R17s.


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I went with Pedders because at the time they were touted as the best handling spring out there. I was never interested in low so it was an easy choice. Almost went with an Eibach pro kit w/sway bars once but was told they were very weak on our cars. The Pedders were quite good in my mind, but the rear springs did rust out pretty badly. If I did it again, I'd go with YYZs in a heartbeat.

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For springs I'd go with either the YYZs for outright handling, or SSCs for very near that level of handling, but with a lower drop.

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Hmm, difficult choice. Looks like I'll be researching them all a bit more.


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