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Old 04-15-2003, 12:17 PM
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Carlsson lowering springs

Got a question about lowering springs.

Can I just buy the Carlsson lowering springs and use the stock shock?

What will the ride be like?

What effect does this do to the car beside lowering it?

Any comments?

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Old 04-15-2003, 01:04 PM
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Not a good idea to use stock shocks with lowering springs. They will be short-lived.
You are reducing shock travel by the amount that you are lowered.
Example, Bilstein Sport shocks have shorter shafts than regular Bilstein's, hence they are made for lowered vehicles.

Depending on the springs, I am not familiar with the Carlssons, if they are "linear" springs, it would result in a harsher ride.
If they are "progressive" springs, the ride wouldn't be as hard.

Either way, you should get the alignment checked, or re-set after lowering.

Normally, lowering a car will result in "flatter" cornering, aside from looking cool.
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Old 04-15-2003, 01:12 PM
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Originally posted by manny
Normally, lowering a car will result in "flatter" cornering, aside from looking cool.
True, lowering will create more negative camber. This will help cornering but hinder straightline braking and acceleration. The trick is to find the right balance.

Tires will also affects how much negative camber your chassis can tolerate. FWIW, Michelin recommends -1 to -3 degrees of negative camber for maximum performance with their Pilot Sport.

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