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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-20-2015, 11:00 AM Thread Starter
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the car is already lowered either 1.5 to 2 inches, i did not add this kit on there and have no clue what it is, just looks like the cheaper red springs, most likely ebay, but they do ride very well.

with this said i want to just about slam this car, i did read up on how low you can go on a cobalt, and i seen a few pictures, however from what im seeing the axles are known to break under the pressure of being this low so im looking to lower it more however i do not know how low i can go before it starts to add alot of stress to the frame/axles, whenever i learn how to add pictures on here i will show you all the car and the stance it has at the current moment, but any advice on lowering the car more please let me know of any brands.

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Can't say I've heard of a Cobalt which broke an axle from being lowered. I've been lowered for 5 years now (if I'm remembering correctly when I did it), about 1.5" all the way around, on FE5 struts (used) and shocks (new), and it's perfectly fine.

The most you generally run into is if it is lowered on FE1 struts - they'll give out eventually, since they aren't designed to handle lowering springs.

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Red springs? Might be Pedders. At the time they were touted as the best handling spring available. Drop is negligible (~1.5"), but the car will handle like it's on rails. I ran Pedders on my G5 and they did just fine, however the rear springs rusted out pretty badly after a few months.

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Could be SSCs as well, mine are red.

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Looking on eBay, they could also be LoTeks. Hopefully not though!

Now, I saw that elsewhere you posted that you'd like to add a lot of horsepower to your car. I'd suggest not slamming it because that can take away from the performance experience. Rubbing can be a huge buzzkill, and if you sacrifice ride quality for a lower drop, you'll probably regret it in the long run.


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the car is already lowered either 1.5 to 2 inches, i did not add this kit on there and have no clue what it is, just looks like the cheaper red springs, most likely ebay, but they do ride very well.

with this said i want to just about slam this car, i did read up on how low you can go on a cobalt, and i seen a few pictures, however from what im seeing the axles are known to break under the pressure of being this low so im looking to lower it more however i do not know how low i can go before it starts to add alot of stress to the frame/axles, whenever i learn how to add pictures on here i will show you all the car and the stance it has at the current moment, but any advice on lowering the car more please let me know of any brands.

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My car looks almost identical in ride height that yours is. The car is low believe me .. There's just no ground effects on the base models. If you added the SS body kit or even the base model body kit it would "look" a lot lower, so would having larger rims and a smaller sidewall tire.

FE5 struts and shocks with good lowering springs is a good combination even on daily drivers. I know, I've swapped over myself. My springs are also red and ride great. I got them from one of the vendors listed somewhere in this forum.
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