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Very nice, excellent wheel choice too!
 

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Looks great, I'd love to do this. What king of clearance do you have at the front end? The air dams are like snow plows to begin with, I'd be worried about scraping the front end on any incline like the entrance to my driveway.
 

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I have to be really careful in my driveway, I do scrape a little. But I had that problem before I lowered it. It's actually only scraping the rubber "skirt". I assume that's what it's there for, to let you know before you really screw up.

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It's definitely not a luxury car ride. Stiffer fer sure and sometimes bouncy on certain roads. I think it handles slightly better. I'm not unhappy with the ride, but wish I could have kept what I had and have this look. All in all, I am pretty happy with it.

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I am low profile 20's now and the ride is just stuff enough but you have sold me to install the coils.
 

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I might have made more out of the issue than I meant to. To me, the ride isn't objectionable. I don't think about it most of the time, but it is stiffer than it was. I won't go back to the huge wheel gap I had before just to retain a softer ride.

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coilovers will be more aggressive and bouncy
what? What does coilovers have to do with bounce? Thats spring rate. And if you want that fixed, find a company that will make you linear springs for said coilovers.

This is also true with most aftermarket lowering springs. Progressive springs have a bounce when just driving down the road b/c they are.... progressive, not linear. You want performance, you get linear springs and shocks valved to match.

simple.

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OP: what wheels are those and what size/spacing?
 

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what? What does coilovers have to do with bounce? Thats spring rate. And if you want that fixed, find a company that will make you linear springs for said coilovers.

This is also true with most aftermarket lowering springs. Progressive springs have a bounce when just driving down the road b/c they are.... progressive, not linear. You want performance, you get linear springs and shocks valved to match.

simple.
Hey buddy I am speaking from experience and trying to help. But if you don't believe me, go ahead and install the coilovers and let me know the results. Good luck!
 

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what? What does coilovers have to do with bounce? Thats spring rate. And if you want that fixed, find a company that will make you linear springs for said coilovers.

This is also true with most aftermarket lowering springs. Progressive springs have a bounce when just driving down the road b/c they are.... progressive, not linear. You want performance, you get linear springs and shocks valved to match.

simple.

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The car doesn't bounce just going down the road. I guess I should have made that clear.

The wheels are Ground Force GF07. 19 x 8.5 front, 19 x 9.5 rear. I don't remember the offset.

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Hey buddy I am speaking from experience and trying to help. But if you don't believe me, go ahead and install the coilovers and let me know the results. Good luck!
im with is250sp, just installed coilovers and its kinda bouncy for me also. i think its because the dampening is stiff. mine are adjustable, but i dont want to bottom out or rub all the time, so i just deal with the bounce. i dont drive it daily, so its not a big deal to me.

i would definitely still suggest coilovers if you want to go low!
 

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im with is250sp, just installed coilovers and its kinda bouncy for me also. i think its because the dampening is stiff. mine are adjustable, but i dont want to bottom out or rub all the time, so i just deal with the bounce. i dont drive it daily, so its not a big deal to me.

i would definitely still suggest coilovers if you want to go low!
Have you taken a physics class before? I mean, not to be a jerk about it, but its all about basic spring constants. And then a lot more theory. They are bouncy b/c of your springs or a lack of dampening/rebound. There is much more than just slapping on some springs and shocks. The springs should be matched to the shock part and they should be linear.
 

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Let's make this easy for folks to understand. Springs are used to support the weight of the vehicle. Shocks Absorbers (notice the name) are designed to absorb shock to the suspension...they dampen motion, they do not support weight. Like spanky said, the two work together. If they are not properly paired, you will get undesired results.
 
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