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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 11:41 pm 
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With 350K on my metro, my dad was saying that the shocks have never been replaced and they should be done. If I were to get new shocks, would the car place be able to lower the car at the same time ? How much should I ask for that will improve my economy :P thanks

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 5:24 am 
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It can do nothing but help. When I lowered my cavalier I gained about 1mpg. My geo on the other hand is almost stock.


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Lowering is a well known way to slightly reduce both drag & frontal area.

Several luxo-barges automatically lower at highway speeds to save a small amount of fuel and/or go faster. The previous gen Lexus flagship claimed a Cd reduction of .01 by lowering 1 inch, if I'm not mistaken.

The results will be small, though. You probably won't be able to see the change in normal tank-to-tank monitoring, just because the normal variability most people experience there is larger than the small improvement in MPG..

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2008 3:57 pm 
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in the columb b, however, a car with a lower center of gravity will be more stable at speed and potentially you can do less braking as the car will drive more surely.

so in terms of nut-behind-the-wheel it may be better or helpful :)

though there is the downside of less visibility on the highway, which sucked in my slammed crx. despite it being YELLOW (i know, cursed), i still got side swiped by some old broad that "didnt see me"

I digress.


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