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      12-27-2012, 09:59 AM   #23
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Some here have recommended coilovers, claiming that you can change ride height at will, like it's a piece of cake to do so. Coils ride height can be adjusted, to a point, but it's not like spinning a dial. It requires removing the wheels and adjusting the spring height, evenly, with the required specialty wrenches. So, you'd better have a low profile jack, breaking bar, deep socket with extension, torque wrench, and preferably a garage for all the necessary paraphernalia. Then, once the desired ride height is achieved, the alignment needs to be adjusted, which costs time and money. Coils are great, but not as simply utilized as often made out to be on this forum.
How about this?

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      12-27-2012, 10:16 AM   #24
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LOL .. after reading all these posts.. now i'm contemplating on lowering my car :P i live in toronto and the roads are horrible.. thinking twice about it now. lol i'll probably save my money and get nice rims instead... haha
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      12-27-2012, 12:42 PM   #25
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that looks like it only adjusts dampening, not ride height. Height is adjusted by spanner wrenches and almost always required raising the corner and taking off the wheel.

i agree with cbad335, i've had coilovers on every car for the last 10+ years until last year. You have to treat them as if they are 'set and forget' and if you do end up changing ride height then you need to realign, recorner-balance etc. etc. especially if you are adjusting a fair bit for winter mode. it is a terrible idea to just raise the car and no redo the settings for winter. A well-balances chassis in the snow is more rewarding than in dry weather.

better off with a mild spring / strut combo and doing your research with wheel spec / tire size to get the best combination of stance / function / wheel gap / no rubbing / reasonable clearance.
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Looks pretty cool. However, those probably only adjust dampening/rebound and not ride height. As bling240sx eluded to above, properly adjusting ride height remains a complicated endeavor.
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      12-27-2012, 01:01 PM   #27
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lowering xi and rice hellaflushing (when you stop at every bump) are different things. i dont see a problem lowering xi in Canada

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      12-27-2012, 01:21 PM   #28
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get a good set of lowering springs / struts if you are in Alberta.

most coilovers cannot handle the temperature changes into extreme cold and will blow after two winters. and i'm from Ontario... it doesnt get nearly as cold as it does in Alberta so you may blow your coilovers in a single winter out there.

i've never tried the higher end stuff (PSS9, KW) with stainless steel bodies but it's the seals that go and lose oil pressure in extreme cold-cycling so not sure that the better stuff would hold up any better.

spring / strut combos are less aggressive of a drop but much more durable.

lowering your car is only impractical is not done properly.
word i never would have thought they would be that sensitive to cold, but thinking back to a winter i spent in toronto.. i do remember how extreme it could get..
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I have an xi with the stock ride height, and I can hear the bottom of my car regularly scraping as I drive down my rutted back lane. Lower would be nice in the summer time, but no way would I want it any lower in the winter. Damage would certainly result.
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it really depends on what you're looking for, all the cars i've owned/own have been/are lowered (except my porsche) and while it does handle better lowered the ride is more harsh, on my m3 which was slamned every bump on the road i would feel it, i got used to it after a while and didn't notice it until i went back to stock and realized how smooth the ride was. but would i do it again? for sure
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Thanks for the replies guys. Looks like I won't be lowering my car lol. Sounds like hell
Honestly, it's not as bad as everyone makes it sound. Just understand your car is sitting a few inches lower and compensate the way you drive. IE: Don't go straight into driveways.
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      12-27-2012, 04:11 PM   #32
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I would not. My Sport is low enough and my bumper has scraped on ice and ruts in winter. Damage has occurred.

The first time you hear the scraping and incurring damage, you'll eat your own words...

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Im in Alaska and Im planning on lowering mine, and Im betting we get as much or more snow than you guys do.

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For the record i'm lowering mine to, just not "slamming it". After a point you get too low and it handles like poop with bumpsteer and all kinds of other BS that cančt be aligned-out.
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      12-28-2012, 09:08 AM   #35
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i have the m-sport... and i love the ride so far. is it worth spending all that money to lower my car??
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