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Old 01-10-2009, 03:23 AM   #1
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Stiffer suspension - same ride height?

I would love to have a stiffer more responsive suspension but I am not real thrilled with dropping the ride height. Are there spring spacers???

For example if and Eibach pro kit drops the front and rear by one inch, is there a one inch spacer to regain the original ride height???
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Old 01-10-2009, 03:45 AM   #2
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i remember the pre-hack, someone on here did a whole post on the spring spacer that you have mention but i remember it was for only the rears, not sure about the fronts
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Old 01-10-2009, 04:13 AM   #3
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Call up Eibach. They'll do custom stuff like that.
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Old 01-10-2009, 06:51 AM   #4
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Maybe you can use the TRD shocks with the stock springs, I don't see why you couldn't.
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Old 01-10-2009, 08:57 AM   #5
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I put TRD springs on mine, but with the 205/40/17s I had previously installed, I had major rubbing issues. The solution I found was spring rubbers. They brought the car back up some (I used 3/4" rubbers) and solved the rubbing problem. More cool is they stiffened the car up significantly. These are what NASCAR uses to adjust suspension on the fly during a race. If the car is too 'tight' they remove a spring rubber. If it's too 'loose' they add one. They are cheap too. The set (2) I got for the front cost $20 on Ebay. You can get them at a racing supply store too.

The rear I did differently. I go to cycling events and have a Hidden Hitch with a hitch rack on my car and I also take alot of gear with me also. The car was really dropping in the rear under the load, so I got some Monroe Adjustable Air Shocks. These run with @ 30lbs level the car to match the front, and also stiffen it too. When I go to a race, I add air to take the extra weight. I take it out once I'm back home.

Just my redneck way of getting a better suspension cheaply. I run the twisty mountain roads where I live and I needed to be able to keep it on the road better.
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Old 01-10-2009, 11:38 AM   #6
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i have some eibach prokits 1" drop if you wanna buy 'em...

otherwise TRD or tokico blue shocks w/ stock springs would firm stuff up w/o a change in height...
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Old 01-10-2009, 12:43 PM   #7
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OR coilovers set to minimum drop, although I don't know what that is for each brand.
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Old 01-11-2009, 12:53 AM   #8
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Hmmm, thebarber's Eibachs sound good. Calling Eibach for a custom set of psrings. I wonder how much that would cost? Do you guys know anyone who has done this? Any other ideas? Custom machined spacers?
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Old 01-11-2009, 12:41 PM   #9
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I was looking at JC whitney it looks like they have 1" rubber spacers

http://www.jcwhitney.com/Coil-Spring...3419_10101.jcw

With spacers people could fine tune their ride height cheaply. I am just not sure if these can be used on the rear.
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Old 01-12-2009, 01:30 PM   #10
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Maybe you can use the TRD shocks with the stock springs, I don't see why you couldn't.
I agree.
Adding TRD shocks / struts to the otherwise standard suspension would definitely stiffen things up and improve handling preformance. Throw in a TRD rear swaybar as well and you'll be good to go at OEM altitude.
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Old 01-12-2009, 06:04 PM   #11
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I was looking at JC whitney it looks like they have 1" rubber spacers

http://www.jcwhitney.com/Coil-Spring...3419_10101.jcw

With spacers people could fine tune their ride height cheaply. I am just not sure if these can be used on the rear.

It was Loren (Our local suspension guru) who brought up the subject of the rubber spacers from JC Whitney.

If I remember correctly he ran some of those in the back of his car with the stock springs for some autoX events. They managed to increase the ride height and stiffnes.

And you can use them on the front as well.



You could go for Some Tanabe NF springs (1" drop) + rubber spacers and probably end up pretty close to the stock height.
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Old 01-13-2009, 06:31 PM   #12
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Hmmmm, there appears to be quite a difference in the diameter between the front and rears. I will go to the JCWhitney website to see what size are avaliable. Can anyone help me out with this??


Combining spacers of different widths seems to be a good way of tuning ride height.

Anyone else try this???
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Old 01-13-2009, 08:53 PM   #13
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Why not go with a eibach pro kit its a very light drop and much stiffer than stock. The ride height is already very high. You would have any issues with scraping still. If you are really adamant about keeping stock hight but awnt to have a stiffer ride then go with tokiko blue shocks they have higher valving. Or maybe you could just order some extra bump stops and stack them. I supose that would work too. You could do that for the front and then just order tokiko shocks for the rear only.
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