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Old 12-17-2008, 02:54 AM
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Coilovers? or... (help please)

hey people,
so... I got my prelude (94 4th gen with h22) with some work already done to it... The car is, in a word, SLAMMED. The previous owner must have cut the springs or whatever because they arn't coilovers/aftermarket, but I scrape speed bumps like nobody's business.

Here is my problem: Because the car is so low, it puts extra strain on the axles and tires... My Nitto NT555s lasted barely 9,000 miles and the belts are almost showing because the car has camber. Also, my CV boots are torn on both front axles, not clicking yet, but broken.

Would getting coilovers solve my problems? or would I still run through tires like a drifter?
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Re: Coilovers? or... (help please)

A camber kit would most likely solve your problem. With them, you can dial in positive (or negative) camber so your tires ride flat and wear evenly. SPC probably makes the best kit on the market, but it's not cheap.
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Re: Coilovers? or... (help please)

how much do "decent" camber correction kits run?
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I think the SPC one (which I plan on getting) is about ~$400. You can get them cheaper on E-Bay though from reputable sellers. Ingalls is another option, but quite a few people have had problems with them from what I've heard.
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Re: Coilovers? or... (help please)

How about getting an alignment done first? It's all well and good to get a camber kit and coilovers, but if the alignment is wrong all you've done is spent a few dollars, you won't have fixed the problem.

When the alignment is done, then see if you still need coilovers or a camber kit. It's entirely possible that you might not need either. It's also entirely possible that the torn CV boots have nothing to do with the ride height, and that the ride height itself isn't the cause of the insanely high level of tyre wear. FFS, I wish people would think about things before dishing out advice.
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Re: Coilovers? or... (help please)

I was thinking. Yes an alignment could help, but it could also be a waste of money. I just suggested a camber kit because his car is lowered, and a lot of the time on lowered Preludes, the reason for the uneven tire wear is fubar ball joints and/or too much camber.
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Re: Coilovers? or... (help please)

That's true, but more of the time (and this isn't just Preludes, it's everything) the problem can be fixed with a proper wheel alignment. If camber, caster and toe are all checked and right, then go for a camber kit.

In actual fact, I'm still reeling from that week where we replaced three sets of tyres in 8 weeks on my mate's old 323 Familia. We also replaced the springs, shocks and all control arms twice. Only to find that the toe in/out was far enough out to destroy a brand new set of tyres in less than a month.

Man, that was years ago now. What have I been doing...
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Re: Coilovers? or... (help please)

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Lol...too much crack?

I dunno, I know with severe drops (like in my case, 2.5"), it's almost a must to get a camber kit, otherwise your tires will be royally fugged.
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