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Old 05-25-2011, 11:07 PM
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How low can I go on 18s?

Hi all I recently purchased a set of 18s with Continental DWS tires. Their size is 215/40ZR18. I was wondering how low I can go with no rubbing at all and what kind of springs and shocks would be best. My price range is right around the 500-600 dollar range. I've been wanting to drop my car for a while but was never sure of how much clearance I have to work with. Thanks in advance guys
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Re: How low can I go on 18s?

chicago area on 18's and lowered? man i feel sorry for your lude. i hated that place on a NON lowered lude with stock wheels and tires. then again i hate that place period with that crooked cock sucker mayor dick daily. but that's off topic and for another thread.

for real though, it will depend on your wheel's offset do you know what it is? if you posted this in the correct section, you might have seen this thread it won't give you an exact height but it will tell you weather lowering on your offset is even recommended or not. if you're within the suggested offset, i wouldn't really go over 1.5" on 18's.

as for 500-600 bucks for a budget. that won't get you a whole lot. pretty much the cheapest setups on the market. you get to choose from tokico or tein pretty much. or you can do some mix and match **** with ground control coilovers and some kyb or koni shocks with your choice of springs. seems to be a pretty popular setup but a lot of people complain of it being way to stiff. and on them chicago roads, you're gonna hate your car real quick.
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Re: How low can I go on 18s?

luckily enough im in the suburbs of chicago and the roads are pretty good out here but i havent had any issues with my lude so far. and how much money would get me some quality parts and what parts would those be?
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please dont put 18's on a lude, i know your not askin for opinions but seriously? its gonna end bad and look rediculous
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Re: How low can I go on 18s?

i guess it depends on what 'burb you live in. places like franklin park, northlake, villa park, bensenville... all had some pretty horrible roads.

tokico and tein are both good quality. they're just nothing special. tein has a wide range of options all at different prices. as you go higher in price you get more options and adjustability. with tokico, there are 2 options. they have 2 diffent shock options. one adjustable one not. the springs are the same though. i wouldn't expect a whole lot of handling improvements with tokico. and the drop was uneven front to back.

the higher priced brands are generally gonna give you more options and adjustability. as far as quality, no one can really say with any proof one is of higher quality then the other.. all of the big name brands are gonna be quality. so depending on if you want adjustability or not or other options will dictate how much you spend.
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Re: How low can I go on 18s?

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please dont put 18's on a lude, i know your not askin for opinions but seriously? its gonna end bad and look rediculous
Bull****, 18 go nice on lude

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Bull****, 18 go nice on lude

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Re: How low can I go on 18s?

In a historical sense with about a 4 1/2" stock ground clearance, your 5th gen Prelude in its stock form, compared to the 6 1/2" clearance of the original Prelude, has already been dropped 2" so in effect it has already from the factory been lowered as much as practical for a street driven car.To drop it any more on a street driven car is just asking for impact damage to the lower parts of the car not mater where you drive in my opinion.I understand that you are concerned about the tire rubbing on inner wheel well but a greater concern should be the impacts between the lower parts of your car and the road in my opinion. Also when you go to a larger diameter wheel , you reduce the amount of side wall rubber between the wheel and the road which greatly increases to probability of receiving ugly impact damage to your wheels from impacts from curbs,pot holes ,etc.


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Re: How low can I go on 18s?

I have 18" XXR 502 on a 5th gen with a 2 2/2" drop and never bottom out as a DD. You will over time learn the roads that you can and can't drive on and where dips are to avoid. Just something you learn to live with when you lower a car. I do have fender rub only when I max out while turning and it not on the top of the fender. It's on the lower part of the inner fender where the screws are and no damage to the tires.
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Re: How low can I go on 18s?

i personally love the look of 18s on my lude. and i just want shocks and springs that will lower my lude a little bit without compromising the ride quality i already have.
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