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Old 24 Oct 2007, 03:18 pm
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Default Can you lower your car by just changing springs?

i plan to lower my car with tein springs - 1.9 in the front and 1.7 in the back...is it necessary to change the shocks/struts too?
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Old 24 Oct 2007, 03:21 pm
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Yes you can lower the car by just changing the springs however changing the shocks/struts will improve overall feel and bump absorbsion. Just need to make sure youre not fully bumping the shocks, in other words make sure there is enough suspension travel!
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Old 24 Oct 2007, 03:54 pm
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But won't the stock shocks blow out or anything like that? I've read on some forums that your stock shocks will only last abt 3 mths.I am actually thing abt lowering mine too but that's the only thing keeping me back. I got some tiens too abt 2" frt 1.7 back...probabbly same as yours![EDIT] Sweet! But is it safe for everday use? For the teg...is it your everyday car??? I like the lowered look...it gives a nice clean style to the civics (mine is 96).4 Years! woo! And still handles? nice
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Old 24 Oct 2007, 03:57 pm
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it is best to lower with aftermarket springs but is not necessary. I lowered my integra, 1.75 front and 1.5 rear on stock shocks. If i had the money i would change out the shocks. I handles a little better, ride is a little stiffer and it has a more agressive apearence. And on a honda there is plenty of suspension travel, so lower away. But some cars like a lot of nissans do not have a lot of suspension travel and the suspension will always hit the bump stops. You'll be fine with a honda though. They have been on for 4 years and my stock shocks are not blown.
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Old 24 Oct 2007, 04:00 pm
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Its not necessary to change them, but what will happen is the stock struts will not have enough travel to dampen properly and the car will ride like a boat in the ocean, after the strut rod blows. It WILL happen, depending on the road conditions, distance traveled, and condition of the struts, it could be in 1 month to a year.
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Old 24 Oct 2007, 04:03 pm
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If you only put lower springs on your car to lower it, you will severely affect the camber of the alignment. The tire will not be touching the road completely and it may affect the cars handling negatively. Also, you will quickly wear out the inside of your tires. There are camber kits available on eBay that will correct this problem.
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Old 24 Oct 2007, 04:06 pm
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My best advice to you is to do it right or don't do it at all. If you're not going to spend the $ for shocks, you might as well just heat up your stock springs with a torch & lower it that way (a horrible idea). You WILL eventually blow out your shocks if you don't replace them with something sufficient.
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Old 24 Oct 2007, 04:09 pm
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(talking from my own experience) I wouldn't just cut a springs, because your car will ride like crap. I bought already lowered car, someone just cut OEM springs, and I did not have pleasing experience riding it. If you want to lower it, get a full lowering kit (coil springs, shocks, etc.)
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Old 24 Oct 2007, 04:12 pm
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I really can't believe there are so many design engineers on here! Leave the suspension alone,it was designed for the best stability and handling for the vehicle,also in most states it is illegal.I am an engineer and a former police officer.You have no Idea of the problems this can cause.
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Old 24 Oct 2007, 04:15 pm
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yes you can lower it with just springs but not go all the way and get shocks/struts it will improve the over ride quality and handeling on the car and it most states it illegal for the car to be lower than 22 inches from the center of the headlight... 4 years your pretty lucky.. or maybe you should give me a ride and ill tell you if they are blown
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