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Old 12-19-2014, 05:28 PM
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Lowering question

Total noob here. So I have 5th gen base model. First car, basically completely stock.

Was wanting to lower it a bit so I was looking around. Now I was wondering if I just needed a coilover kit? Or do I also need a camber kit, or anything else.

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Re: Lowering question

You can lower it simply by installing shorter springs. An adjustable coilover (aka coilover kit) setup makes it easier to fine-tune things -- these basically allow you to adjust the position of the lower spring perch on the shock. You pay extra for that convenience, of course. And when it comes to springs, don't cheap out -- these are what hold your car up off the bump stops and govern much of its handling. They're constantly in motion -- get some cheap no-name springs, and you have no idea what sort of steel they used, or whether the heat treating was done well, and when it'll crack.

If you install shorter (and thus stiffer) springs, you need to replace the shocks. The stock shocks aren''t meant to cope with the higher frequency motion of the stiffer springs -- if you don't replace them now, you'll end up doing the job later after the seals start leaking. You'll need something like Koni Sports, or upper-end KYBs.

As far as a camber kit, unless you're lowering quite a bit, you'll be OK just by keeping it properly aligned. It's not the additional negative camber that eats tires on lowered cars -- it's the combination of increased camber and badly adjusted front toe. The front toe on a Prelude needs to be zero -- don't let anyone convince you otherwise!
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Re: Lowering question

Alright cool thanks.

So if I went the coilover route, would I have to buy anything additional? Or would you recommend getting anything else?
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Re: Lowering question

make sure you get your alignment from a real shop and not firestone or places like that who will not get it right
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Alright cool thanks.

So if I went the coilover route, would I have to buy anything additional? Or would you recommend getting anything else?
Typically, a "kit" includes the springs, the threaded sleeves that fit on the shocks, and the lower shock perch that fits on the sleeves. As said, you'd be very, very wise to replace the shocks at the same time. Sometimes you can get a complete setup with shocks and springs and all the bits. Shop around.
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Alright perfect, thanks so much man.
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