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 Post subject: lowering front only
PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2001 2:57 pm 
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I have some Apex springs for my car that I want to install. my prblem is that the back of my car is already dragging around because of the sub box. I was thinking of just putting the front springs on the car to lower it the same as the back. What kind of handling problems could I get from doing this? If it will hamper the performance I won't do it that way way but if not I would like to. <p></p><i></i>


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 Post subject: Re: lowering front only
PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2001 10:29 pm 
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I think some of hte spring manufacturers usually have something like 1.5" up front and 1.3" rear.. not sure if any of the Swift spring manufacturers are like that but it might be like that on your APEX springs which would make it ok for you anyway.<br><br>The stiffer spring rate should make the sub drop less noticeable in the back (new shocks wouldn't hurt your case either).<br><br>Having different spring rates of the APEX in the front and the stock spring in the rear wouldn't be such a good idea for handling performance. Having a much stiffer spring up front and not in the rear is bound to hinder handling performance on these cars as generally you would want it the other way around to help you out. <br><br>-Kyle Jones <p><br><a href="http://www.teamswift.net"><img src="http://members.home.net/2832075173/pics/Swiftafter1c.jpg"></a></img><br>Kyle Jones <b>1989 Suzuki Swift GTi</b><br>Your friendly TeamSwift Op.</p><i></i>


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 Post subject: springs
PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2001 11:03 pm 
By doing that(stiffer and shorter springs in front) U'll get massive and unexpected OVERsteer ... Doesn't look like a good idea ... I personally like oversteer , but only when it's controlled...if it is not , the best thing that happend is facing backwards with U're headlamps...not safe man...similar feeling as if U're rear tires are soft... <p></p><i></i>


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 Post subject: Re: lowering front only
PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2001 11:11 pm 
Also, check your bushing in the top mounting plate. It maybe worn. Mine do, and the car will drop down about 0.5 inch then usual. The worst is the car will bump without the shocks damping effect on the bump. It's worth to have a look! <p></p><i></i>


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 Post subject: Re: lowering front only
PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2001 9:46 pm 
I don't think that you would have a problem, but the new rear springs should sag less than the factory ones. The rears are already probably riding more firm than they were intended to, therefore, you already have some oversteer, I would think that the front springs might even it out a bit. <p></p><i></i>


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 Post subject: Re: lowering front only
PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2001 7:32 pm 
I have no space in the back of my ssgt. I took the spare out and layed fiberglass down and made a cust 5 cuft box to hold my 2 15" Fosgate XLC on stock springs and new struts. When I lowered it the height in the back is about .35" lower than the front but you can't really see it. I would sujest new struts or go for some KONI struts. <p></p><i></i>


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