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      05-23-2007, 12:27 AM   #23
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Ok Orb....I must say I am quite impressed. So according to the reading, spacers are bad. but if I do get a better suspension - like KW v2s, then my car will have better handling? Got confused a bit here. kindly clarify as I would really appreciate the best advice on this matter. fyi - I'm on stock 18s w/ a rear H&R sway bar.
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This is a bit off topic but here it goes:

If you lower your car to a maximum limit of 15 mm on both front and rear evenly from the stock sport suspension ride height and go with the default rebounding setting you should have something better than stock to start with.

A rear sway bar is the best enhancement you can do but I would match it with a front sway bar. The sway bar diameters given from the manufactures means nothing as we donít know if the sway bar is solid or hollow and thickness when applicable. Therefore, a 27 mm bar can be a stiff as 32 mm. I personally donít think the front bar is stiff enough but this is my opinion.

If running spacer then any lowering compounds the problem and introduces a few new ones but this is for another day.

Just keep in mind that modest changes will give the best results but it always a trade off for something else.

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I'm with Gary on this one. To us normal everyday drivers we will not feel a difference in a 15mm spacer. Its just like getting a different wheel offset on after market rims.

I'm sure if you race professionally or are attuned to these slight changes you might notice a difference. Most of us don't so we wont notice. Most of the time when you change the suspension on your car it wont handle as well as it does in stock form but oh well sometimes we do it because we like the way it looks.

After I install my spacers I'm gonna take the same turns just as hard on my way to work and I'm sure I wont notice a thing.
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