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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 03-28-2016, 03:17 PM Thread Starter
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Ebay Lowering Springs on Stock Struts?

The infamous 16 year old trying to get budget street cred on Ebay. How long would my stock struts last on my 08' LT Balt when I throw 1.9' drop springs from Ebay on the stock struts. I don't know much about my car's struts, especially since it is my first car and I don't have experience modifying it yet. Don't discourage me from doing this because my grandfather is experienced with modifying vehicles, and knows how to do suspension work. This has probably been discussed, but I believe all of those threads are dead. I work at Pump it Up, so ordering new struts isn't an option as I just spent $500 on exhaust, headlights, and the springs.

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You might be fine on stock shocks and struts for a little while, but you would be better off waiting until you can pick up a set of fe5 shocks and struts as well

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You might be fine on stock shocks and struts for a little while, but you would be better off waiting until you can pick up a set of fe5 shocks and struts as well
Could you give me a mileage estimation on the struts? 132K on the car and I'm not sure if they've been changed. I'd have to avoid more pot holes than I already, but that's no problem.

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There's really no way to tell, mine were gone at 60k miles but people have run much longer than that on original ones. With that said, if they are starting to go bad they will blow in no time on lowering springs

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Yup, after 60k both my rear shocks lost their rebound and the springs were snapped. Definitely wait until you've got enough money for both the lowering springs and FE5 (Cobalt SS turbo) shocks & struts to boot. It'll totally transform your car, and will not add any additional strain on your suspension components.

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If you do mostly city driving get new struts and upper strut mounts with your springs, it will save you from doing the job twice in a short period. If you do mostly highway and your strut are still good I would chance it. By installing lowering spring keep in mind that you will be using a different section of the strut cylinder and if you have any kind of ridge built up it will destroy the seal in no time. Same with rear shocks.


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Yep - definitely make the upgrade to FE5 units while you're swapping springs. No sense doing everything twice.

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Shorter endlinks wouldn't hurt either. Moog makes some good stuff that's more than reasonably priced.

In terms of springs, are you looking for low or performance?

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I'm gonna point you to my post on a newer thread. Of course, if you want low more than performance, you'll probably want Pedders instead of Canuck Motorsports.

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I don't think Pedders drop as much as CM/SSCs...B&Gs would be the one to go for in the search of a huge drop.

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