Lowered springs + shocks in but

Lowered springs + shocks in but

Vince
Vince

March 27th, 2008, 2:02 am #1

the rear sits considerably lower than the front







is this normal?

I am using the lowered springs from Vick and KYB shocks
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Vince
Vince

March 27th, 2008, 2:05 am #2

Would anyone know what would be the normal camber range for both front and rear?

My mechanic wants to know so he can correct the camber on the rear for me :X
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March 27th, 2008, 2:09 am #3

the rear sits considerably lower than the front







is this normal?

I am using the lowered springs from Vick and KYB shocks
Springs that have been sitting on the shelf for a while will tend to relax out a little long. They settle in after a few days. You might see from 1/4 to 3/4 inch settling. Just don't cut the springs before they sit for a while.

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Vince
Vince

March 27th, 2008, 2:38 am #4

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Joined: September 25th, 2004, 5:43 am

March 27th, 2008, 5:11 am #5

the rear sits considerably lower than the front







is this normal?

I am using the lowered springs from Vick and KYB shocks
Vince,

Hopefully Mark is right and they will settle down if they are recently installed. The front of the X is usually a little higher than the rear, even with the IAP springs, but your difference is a bit much.

UPDATE!!! Vince pointed out that I got the spring lengths reversed!!! The passage below is incorrect. I left it as is, although struck through, for the record.

<s> This is just a stray thought.... Is it possible that the fronts and rears were unintentionally installed on the wrong ends of the car? The fronts are longer, but a bit softer IIRC. The rears are shorter and stiffer. If they were installed in the wrong spot, the front end could stand higher due to the stiffness of rear springs supporting the relatively light weight of the nose and the back could sag due to the added engine weight compressing the softer fronts??? Maybe???</s>






jd


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Vince
Vince

March 27th, 2008, 5:22 am #6

Is this for both normal and lowered springs?
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March 27th, 2008, 5:37 am #7

Sorry Vince,

I should have looked more carefully, I mixed up the fronts and rears on length. I just checked Madd Matt's site for confirmation.

taller is the rear - stock rear spring is 11.5"
shorter is the front - stock front is 10.5"

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Vince
Vince

March 27th, 2008, 5:44 am #8

Just kidding when I saw your post saying the shorter pair of springs should be in the rear, my mind went blank and all I could think of was "oh ****" because the shorter pair are in front of the X!

If the X still sits like this after the weekend I will take it back to my mechanic and see what he thinks (I have to take it back anyway to fix the excessive negative camber in the rear)

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March 27th, 2008, 6:13 am #9


... most of us only have ourselves to blame!

HA!

Do you still have the old springs, why not stare and compare?

To get the car LEVEL at the rocker panels, (just in front of the rear wheel and just behind the front wheel), ONE COIL or ONE INCH cut and removed from the front STOCK spring should do the trick, leaving the rears alone.

Measure the STOCK springs in this manner and then you'll get an idea as to what the aftermarket springs are doing.&nbsp; The stock springs really do not compress more than about a 1/2 inch when installed on the struts, or even when the car is set down on them.

Sorry for all your trouble... but it usually takes my stupid mechanic 2 or 3 tries to do anything right...

Let us know what ya find...


My best,



Tony
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Vince
Vince

March 27th, 2008, 7:04 am #10

Honestly, I really wish I could do all the work on the X myself. I'd really enjoy it, not to mention it will save A LOT of monie. The cost of labour is really chocking me :X

I am a computer geek and only have basic knowledge on cars. I try to learn as much as I can before I purchase car parts and try to sound like I know a little bit in front of the mechanic (and hopefully he doesn't rip me off by telling me I need more stickers to get HP increase or tell me to paint my car red so it will go faster! j/k)
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