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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-08-2015, 09:19 AM Thread Starter
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Dropping a 2008 LT sedan

Hey guys I recently bought some lowering Springs. What else should I buy to help with the lowering? I think I read somewhere I should buy SS struts as the sedan isn't used to sitting that low? Can anyone confirm that or offer any other advice? Thanks!
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Yeah you will want to get the fe5 shocks and struts, you will also want to change out the sway bar end links for some fe5 ones as well

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Yeah you will want to get the fe5 shocks and struts, you will also want to change out the sway bar end links for some fe5 ones as well
Sweet, thanks rrob5382 really appreciate all your input brother.
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What springs did you buy?

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What springs did you buy?
I bought some LoTek springs off a guy for like 80 bucks.
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You don't need sway bar end links. Rocked b&g springs which slammed the car and still used my fe1 swaybar endlinks. just recommend the struts since fe1s will blow much faster when your lowered vs fe5.

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Technically, you don't need anything besides the springs. However, you'll definitely blow out your shocks and struts after a short time if you don't upgrade to the SS shocks/struts. The most recent version (FE5/LNF, for the SS/TC) is the best overall, but the ones from the SS/SC would be okay too. I'm in the middle of collecting parts to lower mine, and I'm going with the FE5/LNF shocks/struts and a set of Canuck Motorsport springs. Anything besides shocks and struts is optional and won't break from being lowered. Not a bad idea to upgrade while you're at it if you're looking to tune your suspension.

All the FE5/LNF parts are pretty cheap on Amazon. I got my struts "Used - Very Good" and they looked brand new, so that might be an option if you want to save a little money.

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Technically, you don't need anything besides the springs. However, you'll definitely blow out your shocks and struts after a short time if you don't upgrade to the SS shocks/struts. The most recent version (FE5/LNF, for the SS/TC) is the best overall, but the ones from the SS/SC would be okay too. I'm in the middle of collecting parts to lower mine, and I'm going with the FE5/LNF shocks/struts and a set of Canuck Motorsport springs. Anything besides shocks and struts is optional and won't break from being lowered. Not a bad idea to upgrade while you're at it if you're looking to tune your suspension.

All the FE5/LNF parts are pretty cheap on Amazon. I got my struts "Used - Very Good" and they looked brand new, so that might be an option if you want to save a little money.

FE5 Driver Side Strut

FE5 Passenger Side Strut

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Holy! Thanks for the links man I was looking for these and could only find them on crate depot, this saves me at least 50 bucks and hopefully some more on the shipping! Appreciate it!

Should I get the end-links as well? If so how many do I need?

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You don't need sway bar end links. Rocked b&g springs which slammed the car and still used my fe1 swaybar endlinks. just recommend the struts since fe1s will blow much faster when your lowered vs fe5.
Ive read some people having to break them when changing things, this car has seen some rough winters so I am thinking of getting them just in case.

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You don't need the end links. I didn't get any (although parts aren't on my car yet), but it wouldn't hurt. I'm pretty sure the end links are only on the front, but hopefully someone will correct me if that's wrong. As far as I can tell, the Cobalt's rear suspension is about as simple as it gets. Just springs and shocks.

As far as what is 100% necessary to drop your car without blowing parts, you just need upgraded struts, shocks, and springs. FE5 is the general recommendation for the struts and shocks.

If you're installing it all yourself, be sure to use a torque wrench on pretty much everything to make sure it's torqued to spec and also don't snap off a strut mount stud like I did.


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Endlinks: When upgrading the stock suspension most of us will have rusted out endlinks and will not be able to reuse, nor should you want to with the new struts. I personally had to cut mine to take everything out since the nuts were seized on. You can replace these with either Moog greasable endlinks or adjustable ones through Whiteline (possibly others) which ever your preference or end goal.


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