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just a quick question, and i really dont have the time to search every forum on this site to see if it was answered, but when buying aftermarket springs, is the only difference between the base and ss set of springs the 10mm? im assuming so, since the sc/tc springs are a swap out, but just making sure. thanks.
 

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dimensionally they will fit with no issues. They also lower the car by 10mm

They are much stiffer though, and if you don't upgrade your shocks, it'll ride like poo.
 

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Short answer? Too much spring for the shock.

Quick explanation, i can find a better one and copy paste if you want:
Ok, here's how this works. A shock controls the spring. Without a shock, you would just bounce and bounce and bounce until eventually it stopped. horrible nonsense.

The valving in your FE1 shock is soft. It allows more spring travel and oscillation in compromise for a softer ride.

the Fe3 valving is slightly stiffer, making a compromise between performance and ride for a sportier car.

the FE5 system is the most aggressively valved shock setup. What you lose in ride comfort, you gain in spring control. The shock doesn't allow the spring to oscillate.

What you guys aren't understanding, and what a lot of people don't either, is the spring simply supports the weight of the car. A spring is rated in lbs. for example, stock SS/SC springs are ~400lb springs. that means it takes 400lbs to compress it one inch. Now, they're progressive rate springs, so its hard to measure them.

You springs support the car, and the stiffer they are, the better they withstand body roll.

your shock does all the work. It keeps that stiffer spring in check. A soft spring is lazy and bounces slowly. A stiffer spring will rebound much faster, and make your car seem to jump.

With a stiffer spring, you need a stiffer shock, or the spring is not controlled correctly.

Your FE1 struts/shocks are not designed for an aggressive spring, and will wear out quickly because they are overworked.
 

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thank you so much, i understand better now. just to clarify, the lowering springs designed for a base will work alright, correct? or is it in the same boat, but just wont wear out as quickly as the ss springs
 

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thank you so much, i understand better now. just to clarify, the lowering springs designed for a base will work alright, correct? or is it in the same boat, but just wont wear out as quickly as the ss springs
All in the same boat. Any spring designed for a cobalt is the same. Eibach sells the same sportlines to SS owners as base model owners, there is no difference, same with H&R etc, etc... The only reason they post different numbers is because the SS starts 10mm lower.
 

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lol, people stil wouldn't listen. Makes no difference.

The fact that i have RPF1's should say something haha
 
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