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Coilovers vs. Snow

So coilovers have adjustable ride height. My question is, (I didn't find a clear answer from searching) is...can the car be set at the factory height?

Why you ask? Cause I drive through winter so I need the stock ride height for driving in snow. The best set of snow tires won't do any good if the car is caught underneath by snow. In the spring, when the tracks are open, then want to lower the car again.

I read that the highest most coilovers go is about an inch below the factory setting. I'm addressing any specific brand since people seem so subjective on that matter.
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Re: Coilovers vs. Snow

I survived last winter well with -1,5 drop (and trust me it snows in Finland)
..Now my BC Racing coilovers are about the same (they are adjustable)
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Re: Coilovers vs. Snow

i survived last winter in northern ohio on a 4'' drop with a front lip. man i love my lude lol
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Re: Coilovers vs. Snow

^Crazzzyy... you must love plowing snow. lol!

I just finished swapping out my F&F coilovers to my stock suspension today. Where i'm from, Michigan. My F&F coilovers would rust in a heartbeat. As of raising my F&f back up; Even if i did, I think mine still sat too low. Ludes sit lower than most cars stock already.
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Re: Coilovers vs. Snow

they don't plow our street much and when they do they shovel it all back into the driveway, so I need all the lift I can get to drive through the snow. I need a set of coilovers that can be set to stock height.
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got low pro's? otta get some fat meat on em and the 1.5 in drop wnt matter wen ur tires got more rubber than metal, coopers r the Michigan meats that drag that low ass thru the snow.
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BC Racing coilovers should be tested for corrosion and theyre black-chromed steel and aluminium parts are adonized and their lower steel parts are electric-coated and powder coated for winter durability
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wait...why do i live in michigan and love ludes?

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Re: Coilovers vs. Snow

Depending on the manufacture specs for the springs and shocks - most coil-overs will be .5-1" lower then stock suspension when adjusted to their highest settings. (you have to keep in mind travel for the shock and how soft/hard the springs may be)


I know my car is dropped 1.5" but there's a 2"+ gap or more in the wheel well between my suspension and that of a stock 'lude.
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Re: Coilovers vs. Snow

Wow, you guys all drive your lude in winter? I'ts my 2nd year with my lude I had to drive it last winter but wasn't sure about the one coming yet. Last owner didn't drive it in winter. I'm still stock, lol.
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Re: Coilovers vs. Snow

heh, lude doesnt need enything else exept block heater & winter tires
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Re: Coilovers vs. Snow

2 amazing words WINTER-TIRES.

Once you've experienced what it's like to drive on 4 winter tires, you will NEVER drive through another winter without them. Even with a lowered car, winter tires are amazing. They make it "seem" like you're driving on dry pavement at times. There's really nothing you can do about 6"+ of accumulated snow, stock or not that's a lot of snow to drive through. As long as you can accept that, the ludes are pretty awesome in snow. Well, after owning mine for just a month now, they're pretty much awesome all the time.
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^ hehe, we have laws here that you MUST use winter tires... pretty amazing that there arent ones in US
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Re: Coilovers vs. Snow

In my state and i *think* a few others, motorcycles riders have the option of NOT wearing a helmet. First off, why the HELL would you not want to wear a helmet, that's just plain stupid (i would say no offense to you guys that don't, but for real...) so i doubt they'll ever pass a law requiring winter tires. What would we do if there weren't 900 accidents on the first day of accumulating snow?
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Re: Coilovers vs. Snow

For those that do use winter tires (I'm one of them), PLEASE don't use studed tires destroying the roads for everyone. There's no need for them.
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Re: Coilovers vs. Snow

people dont wear helmet cuz they dont want their hair fuxd up
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For those that do use winter tires (I'm one of them), PLEASE don't use studed tires destroying the roads for everyone. There's no need for them.
Pretty sure those are illegal in this country anyhow.
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Re: Coilovers vs. Snow

You guys didn't get any rust on your lude. after winters?
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Re: Coilovers vs. Snow

Studded tires are legal in the northwest from November through March and the few people who used studded tires tear up the roads for everyone else. It's extremely annoying. On the rust topic, your car will rust badly in states like Michigan and New York who salt the roads, but in states like Washington that use some environmentally friendly non-salt goop, your car will stay rust free.
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Yea, salt blows. My car is rust free from Florida about to see it's first winter. I have undercoated the sh*t out of it in preparation for the salt belt to screw it up. Then again, I'm not a collector for these cars so mine is DD purposes only, and the occasional twisty turny track days.
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You guys didn't get any rust on your lude. after winters?
ever heard of corrosion treatments where critical parts of your car gets anticorrosive coat?
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Re: Coilovers vs. Snow

anti corrosive coats don't do much. for much less money, just frequently visit a car wash with an undercarriage wash, also on warmer days, grab the garden hose and flush as much of it off as you can. the reason most people's cars rot underneath is they never clean under the car. when the weather gets warmer they clean the car, but never rinse the rust off the bottom.
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Wow, you guys all drive your lude in winter? I'ts my 2nd year with my lude I had to drive it last winter but wasn't sure about the one coming yet. Last owner didn't drive it in winter. I'm still stock, lol.
Since day of purchase - the previous owner of my 'lude never drove it in the rain or snow and had it garage kept.


It remained like that until the car came into my possession. i've driven in the snow on at most 10 different occasions - each time spraying down the car once i got home.


The car sits with a cover on it most of the time. knuckles have some surface rust ....but the black paint is still visible in most spots. the lca's have the worst of it but they're not beyond the point of me removing the rust and re-painting them.

northeast winters suck.....
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Since day of purchase - the previous owner of my 'lude never drove it in the rain or snow and had it garage kept.


It remained like that until the car came into my possession. i've driven in the snow on at most 10 different occasions - each time spraying down the car once i got home.


The car sits with a cover on it most of the time. knuckles have some surface rust ....but the black paint is still visible in most spots. the lca's have the worst of it but they're not beyond the point of me removing the rust and re-painting them.

northeast winters suck.....

Which part of the car did it rust? I have one week to decide if I'm gonna drive it again this winter or not. My car is not dropped yet because of the condition and roads here, it's awful. Although, I've heard even with a rustproof, during winter if you bring your car inside each time, it'll get more chance to rust due to the weather?
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Just some surface rust on the knuckle, that's all. It wasn't from driving in winter just usual wear on the parts - From driving it that one winter I didn't get any "new" rust on any part of the car.


Just hose the salt off and it'll be fine. Leaving that salt etc on it to eat away will cause the issues.

I drove with a 1.5" drop on summer tires that winter - yeah call me nuts lol
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anti corrosive coats don't do much.
if you do it correctly of course they help..I dont really know everything what they put there but its a almost weeks project
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Talking about snow, it snowed today in Montreal, lol. 5''
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Re: Coilovers vs. Snow

This is also something I'm interested in, I have a 98 prelude sh, I was looking at ground control adjustable coilovers on my stock shocks and struts, (yes I will be replacing them later on) my mom has a 2008 chrysler 300 and my stock ride height is higher than that car which. I hate lol, but I live in canada and this is my daily driver, so snow is an issue as well lol
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