Like the title says my friends, i need some input. Im running 205 50 15 falkens on stock buggatti wheels. Need to know what height is recommended in the front and rear, thanks. Im installing rokkor coilovers
My goal for now would be to have a nice balanced ride for a daily driver. I bought coilovers because my struts were dunzo, I was bouncing waaay too much. Just had a hd suspension rebuilt kit installed as well. My friend was telling me like half an inch from the tire to the fender all around. Future goal is to put an LSD, 268 cam and turbo it. Just had my engine replaced with 88k on it, becauae of an valve tap :/
Ride height specific solutions are typically fashion oriented. A half finger is elusive because the front quarter panels are fitted to help bridge tolerances in panel fit quality...so this is not a definitive way to set ride height.
A sporting DD car might have spring rates that are about 10% heavier than stock up front and about 15-20% stiffer in the rear while dropping the car only .5' - .75" You might consider using Koni yellows to work with the heavier rates and to help you adjust front to rear cycling.
A slightly larger rear bar might be helpful...and 5mm spacers up front will help too. If you are adventurous you might also replace the lower control arm's rear bushing with something from audi or VW motorsport...or look for a poly insert that fills the voids in the stock bushing. These will help sharpen steering response and braking feel.
These are all subtle changes that increase the fun factor quite a bit for a DD while keeping road harshness and unpredictability to a minimum.
thanks for your response meboice..i got everything you mentioned, but i would like a straight up answer to tell my mechanic as he is installing them tomorrow. what measurements should i have front and rear? spacers are needed only in the front and not on the rear? i want this car riding nicely.
hahah 05gli is funny but thats no joke, i can see that happening to people. I dont want it that low, i want it to look nice and have a good suspension set up with these coilovers. Later on, as the car evolves and take it to the track i would go with stiffer spring rate coilovers.
There are no measurements...you have to decide. If it were me I wouldn't lower the car any more than 10-15mm...basically a half inch.
You also have to consider the how the bumpstops work in modern cars; this component is nearly always in contact with the top of the dampers and their purpose is to give the suspension a rising spring rate. The more you lower the car, the more aggressive the rising rate becomes because the bumpstop - mulitcellular jounce dampener - is compressed. This is also one of the chief reasons folks complain about poor ride quality. you have to step back and realize - I'm sure you do - that this is a very basic car.
Some folks cut these...if you have to cut them, cut them on the top, not the bottom...or take a little from both ends.