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Old 09-04-2012, 08:33 PM
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Function Form Type 1's: Expectations at or near factory ride height?



I've searched and it seems most threads concerning F/F 1's are discussing dropping the ride height, and yeah the feedback is all good it seems. I wouldn't mind a minor amount of drop, maybe between a half inch up to an inch.

I'm not into the slammed look for one, but really I have to keep the driveability of my car. I drive all the time for work. In and out of driveways, and Fla roads aren't exactly smooth (sinkholes = potholes), and every neighborhood is in love with speed humps... and some humps are more "special" than others

My reasoning behind the F/F 1's: they're nearly the same $ as just doing struts alone. Also, I enjoy spirited driving and intend on doing some of that as well. Most of all I look forward to driving on top of a suspension that doesn't feel like brie. My car's 4 corners really need some TLC, so I would also venture to say my car is lower than stock b/c the suspension is 12 years old and thus worn.

So can anyone give me a decent picture of what to expect from F/F's if I'm not going to drop them down much? I picked the F/F 1's b/c I can lengthen the body (up the RH) without increasing the spring's pre-load. You don't see that feature in most sub $k coilovers. Will I get a decent ride with this approach? Also, I plan to do all new 'thane bushings while installing the coil-overs. So I'll pick up a master kit before they go in.

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Re: Function Form Type 1's: Expectations at or near factory ride height?

They're adjustable.... expect whatever height you want.


You can install them straight out of the box and be within an inch of stock ride height if not at stock height.


I'm lowered 2" and can clear speedbumps and everything else philly and the surrounding citys have to throw at me no problem.
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Re: Function Form Type 1's: Expectations at or near factory ride height?

Greatly appreciate the reply and vote of confidence. Also glad to know what to expect out of the box setup wise. I'm having little doubt this will be the right suspension for my ride.

Speaking of ride... any comment as to the dampers themselves... firmness, valving and such? Given that they aren't able to be adjusted: how would you describe the ride? Lol in other words (if you're not a fan of Top Gear then no worries) would James May describe this setup as "jiggly" or _________?

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Re: Function Form Type 1's: Expectations at or near factory ride height?

You'll clear most everything without a problem even slammed as far as the fronts will go, unless you're running an Apexi WS2 exhaust like I am lol. That thing hangs stupid low.
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Re: Function Form Type 1's: Expectations at or near factory ride height?

Appreciate that insight, I've been thinking about a different muffler. The Noir kind of appeals to me (essentially the WS2) or the Mugen $-) I just replaced my cat with a Magnaflow but my exhaust is stock otherwise :-/

The new cat was a great move, the old one was rattling anyways. I got the magna from RockAuto for just north of a bill and then was able to sell the old cat for $50 to a scraper so I got my new cat for $55. Most hop up sites want over $300 for the same direct fit cat. Runs great with it. Lol one thing at a time...
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Re: Function Form Type 1's: Expectations at or near factory ride height?

Bump, just curious if anyone has any idea what range of adjust-ability I'll have on offer with these? Been reading and researching and what not and all I read about is how they're good when you slam your ride down low, and again... that isn't my intention. Just hoping I can get a decent ride height and ride quality from these... they seem pretty short.

I called F&F and all they could really say was to leave at least an inch of threads in the lower portion if I'm going to set it up taller than most would.

I also read that there's no mount for the brake lines, anyone have a way around this? I was just thinking either cut n weld (or JB Weld) in the old mount or zip tie for a quick fix IF I need to...
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Re: Function Form Type 1's: Expectations at or near factory ride height?

The brake lines don't bolt to the shocks/springs in a prelude at all....


a 1" drop will do away with most of the wheel gap but allow you to drive the car without needing to worry about being "too low"


a 2" overall drop will have you avoiding some areas... anything lower than that will be a real pain to drive.
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Lol maybe I was doing a bit too much jumping around on the searches n wandered into a different vehicle forum re: the brake lines. Thanks for setting me straight on that ;-) and lol shows that I've got a ways to come with my knowledge of my car. Learning all the time.

A 1" drop would be just fine for my purposes. I'm sure I'm riding lower than OEM due to sag. Springs are 12 years old...

Good news is my Type 1's are in the mail! Not so good news is I won't have them before the weekend and I'd lined up my buddies garage for install. So I'll have sit on the new setup for an extra week. Maybe I get some other bits that I can swap in same time :-D

It's worth mentioning were gonna replace the suspension's factory (most likely) bushings for polyurethane the full way round. Which is gonna take some serious wrenching.

Thanks to everyone for the info. I'll post pics here or in a new thread when I get the suspension rebuild going/done... Stoked!!!
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