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    Re: D3 lowering springs before/after with pictures installed Beware! Read before purc

    PS I think I need to note most if not all of us are riding on stock rims and tire sizes. maybe its the larger rims that is throwing it off. just a thought

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    Re: D3 lowering springs before/after with pictures installed Beware! Read before purc

    ZF steering????

    Did you install aftermarket parts? IF so that is definately the problem. not the springs

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    Did you have factory wheels?

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    Re: D3 lowering springs before/after with pictures installed Beware! Read before purc

    Yup. I think we all do. But d3's had 20's on it I think.

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    Re: D3 lowering springs before/after with pictures installed Beware! Read before purc

    Alright everyone: here is what I have found.

    After going to 3 alignment shops (enger wheel, goodyear tire, and one other shop,) and 3 CUSTOM alignment shops (xtreme performance, Chucks customs, Columbia Sunoco there is no way to get a proper alignment with the D3 springs and 20" wheels. What is posted here, is a collective effort of the above mentioned shops, days or research, tons of trial and error, and many different tire sizes:



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    The shops had tried everything - adjusting the shocks/struts/mounting locations with shims, washers, braces, etc. They had tried the caster/camber "alignment nuts" from summit racing, among other places (which turns out, cannot be used on our car.) I had used tired and true basic 4 wheel alignment machines all the way up to $100,000 Hawkeye laser alignment machines. What is posted above is as close to an alignment as you will get without drilling holes in the frame and moving the suspension components to compensate for the drop, which I am not willing to do.

    Many of you have mentioned you got a proper alignment on factory wheels and the D3 drop kit. I believe you, but its hard to comprehend when my 20" wheel total diameter size is within a tenth of an inch of my factory wheels total diameter size.

    The point of the story is that right now there is no caster/camber solution to correct for the drop, so if you get the drop springs, be prepared to replace your tires much more quickly. And say goodbye to the perfect smooth cadillac ride on the street and highway.


    I now have over $1500 into trying a proper alignment in my car after the drop springs. Be sure to consider this information before installing them, or buying them. I like the improved appearance look of my car over the harsh ride, and non-straight alignment, so I will keep them. But you may feel differently.

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    Re: D3 lowering springs before/after with pictures installed Beware! Read before purc

    mines lowered and with spacers on stock wheels. rides great and wears the tires just fine

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    Re: D3 lowering springs before/after with pictures installed Beware! Read before purc

    I just purchased a 09 STS-V, I plan to purchase 20" rims and lower the vehicle.

    Did you lower the car and install the rims at the same time, or which were installed 1st?

    I told D3 my plans and they advised that lowering the vehicle and installing 20" inch rims is done all the time with no problems...?

    Any updates?

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    Car looks great. Mine is lowered on the spacers too and no problems at all. I love the way it handles and drives like a dream.

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    Re: D3 lowering springs before/after with pictures installed Beware! Read before purc

    Still nothing - I put the 20s on and then dropped it. To this date, there is no "correct" alignment for a droppedSTS-V on 20s.

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    Re: D3 lowering springs before/after with pictures installed Beware! Read before purc

    A question on your red calipers, are they painted that color, or a cover. Are they still factory calipers?

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    factory calipers painted 30th anniversary Cobra Red

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    Re: D3 lowering springs before/after with pictures installed Beware! Read before purc

    mine work just fine. I had asked the shop to pull as much camber as they could. I am somewhere near -2 degrees....just where I want it. The car is such a pig, the extra camber does wonders.
    I wouldn't trade my D3 springs for nothing aside a set of coilovers. :0

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    Re: D3 lowering springs before/after with pictures installed Beware! Read before purc

    Quote Originally Posted by 550HP STSV View Post
    factory calipers painted 30th anniversary Cobra Red
    Where do you get the V Logo after you paint the calipers Cobra Red?

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    Re: D3 lowering springs before/after with pictures installed Beware! Read before purc

    Hey Russell,
    Follow this link for caliper decals.

    http://8thdaycreations.com/products-...aliper-decals/

    Kirk

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    Re: D3 lowering springs before/after with pictures installed Beware! Read before purc

    I was also thinking of getting the springs but then i heard that this can adversely affect the shocks. Can someone shine some light on why and how the shocks can be affected or not.

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