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Lowering spring question?

I have a 92 prelude and it was lowered before I bought it. I think the owner before me heated up the springs to lower it. So my question is can I purchase just lowering springs and place them on the factory strut thats there, or do I also have to purchase the strut also? Am I going to blow a strut out because its not used to the lower position? As i type this im realizing those struts most likely are 18 years old! But I just purchased tires for $500 and camber kit for front and back which ran me bout $300 so im low on cash for now.
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Re: Lowering spring question?

I am not really a pro in springs, but i have 95 prelude with stock suspension and i want to lower it for about an 1' - 1.75'. The research ive done so far shows that if you buy springs that lower it up to 1.75' you dont really need to buy complete suspension. Springs on ebay cost starting $160 skunk2, about 200 for TEIN and EIBACH, and 250 for B&G. It is recommended tho to buy complete suspension with shocks and coil overs (obviously).

If you like me looking to have nice smooth ride with little extra grip and nice look, then just buy springs under 1.5'

My question is which brand is better? SKUNK2, TEIN, B&G or EIBACH. I would think that SKUNK2 because they only making stuff for Honda but their drop is 2' i don't know if it would still be okay to use it with stock shocks. On websites it says that it's designed for use with stock OEM or aftermarket, but aftermarket is recommend.
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Re: Lowering spring question?

should be fine on stock struts but might wana look into new ones if there that old my .02
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Re: Lowering spring question?

should be just fine on ur stock struts, but if you can save the extra money i would try and pick up some new struts at the same time. just to save the hassle.
i know like my car right now i'm on ground control sleeve coilovers with stock struts. and i love them to death, just cant wait to get either some konis or agx's to go with them.
*btw i'm dropped probably 2.5-3 inches.. i think.. forgot to messure when i adjusted them last. and i used to be even lower then that. been like that for about a year and half now.
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Re: Lowering spring question?

first off please use correct terminology. spring is a spring, shock is a shock, strut is the a shock and spring assembly.

what it really depends on is not so much age, its the condition of the roads you drive on. you're gonna blow the stock shocks eventually on a lowered car.. regardless of how low you go. however, the lower you go the less it takes to blow them. one good bump that bottoms out the shock, bye bye.

there is no BEST company out there. each has their advantages and disadvantages. buy what fits you. and its just because its deigned for stock shocks doesn't mean it won't blow them. it just means it will FIT. that's it.

and kirk, i wouldn't be surprised if one or all of your shocks are already blown. its actually really hard to tell sometimes on a car with already stiff suspension from the factory. i had a blown shock for 3 months and didn't know 100% sure. i suspected it. sometimes it felt fine. but i'd hit the right bump that felt awkward.

is there a specific reason you bought the camber kit?

a little word of advice. and this is very true with suspension. YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. and do it right the first time and you don't have to do it again.
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Re: Lowering spring question?

I bought camber kits because the tires are worn on the inside from it being lowered. I want to do my suspension up right and yes I know you get what you pay for. It is posible that I have a blowen shock but it doesnt seem like it? My old tires 215/40r17 and you could feel every bump in the road! I purchased 45 and its alot better.I'm looking into purchasing new struts here soon just dont want to jump into them till I have researched a bit. Thanx for the info. Oh and one more thing. How do I measure to find out how low my car is? from what points am I measuring from?

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I bought camber kits because the tires are worn on the inside from it being lowered. I want to do my suspension up right and yes I know you get what you pay for. It is posible that I have a blowen shock but it doesnt seem like it? My old tires 215/40r17 and you could feel every bump in the road! I purchased 45 and its alot better.I'm looking into purchasing new struts here soon just dont want to jump into them till I have researched a bit. Thanx for the info. Oh and one more thing. How do I measure to find out how low my car is? from what points am I measuring from?
have question.. did you have a alignment done after lowering your car? because toe in/out will and does wear your tires down alot faster then camber does.
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Re: Lowering spring question?

I like your Avatar by the way lol... The car was lowered before I purchased it. Yes I know that toe in/out can wear a tire as fast. I am going into lesschawb in a coupl of days to get a for wheel alignment done they charge $81 bucks for the job. The front seems to be a little toe out. I can tell by the way it handles when im on the freeway. It tends to wonder from side to side depending on what side of the road cap im on at the time. Thanx for the info I do appriciate it.
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Re: Lowering spring question?

to figure out how much your car is lowered you have to have a previous measurement from before it was lowered. and what you measure is the center of the wheel to the edge of the wheel well (highest point of the wheel well) prior to lowering and after lowering. then you subtract the lowest number from the highest number.

since you say you want to do your suspension done RIGHT. then you should just go ahead and get shocks with your springs. i would suggest, if your tire wear is bearable, then wait to do the alignment till after you get the new shocks and springs.
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