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Old 10-27-2004, 12:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I might be picking up some slightly used H&R springs for $160 for my 03xi and the previous owner claimed a 1 inch drop. My questions are, is this a good deal and i have heard good things about H&R so im assuming they are good quality parts? Is there anything that i have to worry about and should i be looking into this further and asking any specific questions? Dont know much about suspension so anything will help.
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it shall be fine. but over time, youll need to buy performance shocks

and dont expect to grant you super nice handling. springs are more asthetics than performance.
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I don't mean to hijack this thread, but I have a related question that woobie reminded me of.

You usually hear people talking about getting springs and shocks at the same time. Could any problems arise in getting lowering springs, but not upgrading shocks? Or is it recommended that you do them both at the same time?
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depending on which type of springs you buy.

HR sport springs and UUC V2 springs use the factory shocks. They only lower the car just a tiny bit, about 1" max. Though I personally think this yields to all asthetics and almost no performance gain; for the price, its good for anyone who wants to lower the ride and have a tiny bit stiffer ride.

If you go for more radical spring sets like HR Race or Eibach race, they require aftermarket shocks. They usually lower a car from 1-2inches atleast.

To get good handling, you gotta get springs and shocks. Or you can go to the cup kit route, which includes matching springs/shocks.

Or you can go all out and get coilovers! which I like best
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I know I should probably know this from being around for so long, and I feel kinda dumb asking, but what are coilovers?

All I know is they lower your car. :P
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coilovers are basically height adjustable springs with 'some' adjustable shocks. in dampening or rebound rate. you have full control over your suspension and ride.
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