: List of parts needed to lower the V



silver02stang
05-25-09, 10:51 AM
O.K.
after spending some time lookin over this forum, there are a lot of parts needed for lowerin my V. Could I get you guys (& gals :)) to add to my list if I'm missin anything? I'd appreciate it!

My current suspension mods consist only of Hotchkis sway bars. I have the factory shocks (not the upgraded ones). I'm also runnin' 275/40/18's out back and plan to go a bit wider on the front (255 or 265).

1. Springs - 90% settled on HR Sport
2. Spacer for rear shocks
3. C5 Z06 endlinks for the front sway (is there another/better option?)
4. ???
5. ???

Am I going to run into problems with the Hotchkis sways?

SoJersey05V
05-25-09, 11:43 AM
either that direction or the direction i am going

1. qa1 single adj shock (non-selfleveling) so no need for lowering spacer
2. ground control coil over kit ( fully adj ride height)
3. c5 z06 endlinks

i believe thats it... now qa1s were $804 shipped from new era in NY to me in NJ and GC was $536 shipped from CA to NJ endlinks $23 + shipping from luke! (still have to call u luke... lol)

and while i have everything apart i might thow in the rear strut brace too! also from luke $150

later i want to do hotchkis

shadybx7
05-25-09, 12:05 PM
I'm also runnin' 275/40/18's out back and plan to go a bit wider on the front (255 or 265).

1. Springs - 90% settled on HR Sport
2. Spacer for rear shocks
3. C5 Z06 endlinks for the front sway (is there another/better option?)

Am I going to run into problems with the Hotchkis sways?

+1 on that's all you need for lowering the :v: as long as you have the ZO6 endlinks no issues that i have heard of other then the dreaded clunk that can be solved by a proper install..

the only problem foresee is that you wont be able to run 265/40/18 in the front with a lowered :v:. from what i remember, the guys who are running 265 are experiencing a light amount of rubbing in the front with the stock suspension.

i want to do the same setup but don't want to be limited with tire size, so in my mind that is one more reason to upgrade to the GC kit so you can adjust the ride height as needed ..

btw H&R ftw, elbach is to low in the front IMO

SoJersey05V
05-25-09, 12:12 PM
btw H&R ftw, elbach is to low in the front IMO

thats why i got the GC

silver02stang
05-25-09, 12:15 PM
I may go adjustable coilover later, but i like the idea of a $300 drop for now vs. $1,300...

tell me more about this rear strut tower brace :) i haven't seen it yet and does it really make that big of difference?

shadybx7
05-25-09, 12:21 PM
tell me more about this rear strut tower brace :) i haven't seen it yet and does it really make that big of difference?

i hear the brace makes a huge difference on the track , it really tightens up the rear and plants it apparently.. all the reviews point to it as a great mod

MIGHTYMOUSE
05-25-09, 12:28 PM
ive read some change the end links, i have not and dont see why i need to.

silver02stang
05-25-09, 01:25 PM
^^ what are you running for springs/sway bars?

MIGHTYMOUSE
05-25-09, 02:06 PM
hotchkis swaybars and stock springs; top of my wheel arches are 24 3/4" off the ground for reference. handles great

here is a new but terrible pic
http://px6.streetfire.net/0001/50/38/1700583_600.jpg

silver02stang
05-25-09, 03:28 PM
stock springs? it looks lower than that.

CadiBlk
05-25-09, 03:32 PM
stock springs? it looks lower than that.

he cut his stock springs them. read his lowering thread.

Twitch
05-25-09, 06:10 PM
If you want wider tires, go with GC. Its $200 more than the H&R, but you'll wish you had them if you start rubbing, and cant do anything about it.

NormV
05-25-09, 07:21 PM
Eibachs - $200
C5Z front end links $40
KYB rear shocks $190
Add in alignment for $70 and your done. Add sway bars when your ready.

Norm

MIGHTYMOUSE
05-25-09, 10:41 PM
springs are cut 1 1/3 off stock spring and about 1/3 off stock bumpstops

i set the rear camber myself with an angle finder and then set the rear toe myself with a string to the front.

oddly my front toe was perfect (also checking via string to the rears) after lowering

CTSV_510
05-25-09, 10:57 PM
the only problem foresee is that you wont be able to run 265/40/18 in the front with a lowered :v:. from what i remember, the guys who are running 265 are experiencing a light amount of rubbing in the front with the stock suspension.


I am running 265/40s with the maggie front lowering mod (~1/2") and have no rubbing. I will be lowering another 1/2" in the front and 1" in the rear when I get the time. We'll see how that goes.


springs are cut 1 1/3 off stock spring and about 1/3 off stock bumpstops

...

top of my wheel arches are 24 3/4" off the ground for reference. handles great

Did you do before height measurements? I wish I had an idea of how much I need to cut to get 1/2" of drop.

SoJersey05V
05-25-09, 11:31 PM
i need the maggie lowering solution!!!!!!

silver02stang
05-26-09, 12:00 AM
now i'm leanin towards GC i just don't want to wreck the ride. does anyone know what the springs rates are for different GC kits? i always seem to push for just a "bit" more so I'm curious about the +10% :)

DisposableHero
05-26-09, 06:29 AM
now i'm leanin towards GC i just don't want to wreck the ride. does anyone know what the springs rates are for different GC kits? i always seem to push for just a "bit" more so I'm curious about the +10% :)

i am also curious how the GC kit rides and handles with the FE4 shocks

Twitch
05-26-09, 07:31 AM
When you place the order, just check the box for them to call you. They'll give you any spring combo you want.
Stock spring rate is 400/400. If you go with 500/550, it won't be much stiffer than stock.

shadybx7
05-26-09, 10:15 AM
I am running 265/40s with the maggie front lowering mod (~1/2") and have no rubbing. I will be lowering another 1/2" in the front and 1" in the rear when I get the time. We'll see how that goes.


:hmm: :pop2:

silver02stang
05-26-09, 10:24 AM
i'll give 'em a call then. probably the best way to about finding out spring rates anyways.

SoJersey05V
05-26-09, 10:57 AM
they told me that the street perf is 500f/550r.... i didnt know what the +10% and +25% would equal so i just plugged it in at the bottom notes (when u place the order) i want 600f/650r so maybe thats the 10% idk.

i went with the GC kit because other members here said that the shocks alone would lower it a good amount and i dont want the car "slammed", and the springs will lower it also, now it would be really slammed. so GC will allow me to adjust it however i want!

CTSV_510
05-26-09, 11:02 AM
I am running 265/40s with the maggie front lowering mod (~1/2") and have no rubbing. I will be lowering another 1/2" in the front and 1" in the rear when I get the time. We'll see how that goes.

:hmm: :pop2:



The maggie definitely dropped the front end a bit, enough that I noticed.

I picked up an extra set of stock springs from a local forum member and plan on doing a little bit of lowering MIGHTYMOUSE style. (cutting springs)

I've got no mod money right now and these springs were free! :highfive:

Twitch
05-26-09, 12:34 PM
i'll give 'em a call then. probably the best way to about finding out spring rates anyways.
Don't expect too much from their costumer service.
I ordered 500/550, the 500 was back ordered, to they just sent 550/600. It worked out better for me, but they didn't even ask. Then I called to ask about the added washers, and got a "yeah yeah" type of answer :banghead:

Just tell them what you want, and be done with it.