What suspension are people running for lowering kits - LS1TECH



Pontiac GTO 2004-2006 The Modern Goat

What suspension are people running for lowering kits

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 10-26-2016, 06:11 AM   #1
Teching In
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Bucks county, PA
Posts: 9
Default What suspension are people running for lowering kits

I have an 04 M6 lookingto lower and try to have a decent ride since the car is a street car, wondering what people are running! I'm looking for full kit options...
BlackBettyGTO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2016, 02:50 PM   #2
TECH Addict
iTrader: (10)
 
blackbyrd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: cookeville, TN
Posts: 2,809
Default

stay away from Eibach......do a search I have a thread detailing my experience.

spend them money and get lovells or Kings or go coilover
blackbyrd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2016, 06:00 PM   #3
12 Second Club
iTrader: (3)
 
svede1212's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Posts: 1,509
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by blackbyrd View Post
stay away from Eibach......do a search I have a thread detailing my experience.

spend them money and get lovells or Kings or go coilover
That about covers it. 20mm drop is the most you want without having damper issues, alignment issues or not leaving enough room for travel to the bump stops.
svede1212 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2016, 09:53 PM   #4
11 Second Club
 
Dyno Junkie's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 408
Default

2005 HSV GTO on Eibach springs and Koni shocks.
Attached Thumbnails
What suspension are people running for lowering kits-image.jpg  
Dyno Junkie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2016, 09:58 PM   #5
11 Second Club
 
Dyno Junkie's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 408
Default

2001 Holden Monaro on Tein coilovers.

Rear shocks recently replaced with ViKing double adjustables.
Attached Thumbnails
What suspension are people running for lowering kits-image.jpg  
Dyno Junkie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2016, 05:18 AM   #6
TECH Enthusiast
iTrader: (1)
 
2QWK4RU 06 GOAT's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Left coast
Posts: 505
Default

What's the budget?
2QWK4RU 06 GOAT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2016, 09:15 AM   #7
TECH Regular
iTrader: (3)
 
tom's2005gto's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Nashville, TN.
Posts: 448
Default

2006 HSV on BC Racing all around
2005 GTO on BC Racing up front and QA1 out back
tom's2005gto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2016, 10:44 AM   #8
12 Second Club
iTrader: (3)
 
svede1212's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Posts: 1,509
Default

IMHO pictures of "stance" don't say much about ride and handling . Eibachs are mush and Kings are jarring. If road racing a stiff spring is OK but for all around a mid level like Lovells is better. Besides the harsh ride on the street too heavy of a spring can make the tires leave the ground on average crappy roads and you lose traction over one a little more compliant.
svede1212 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2016, 03:58 PM   #9
11 Second Club
 
Dyno Junkie's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 408
Default

Certainly wouldn't call Eibach's mushy, soft and comfortable yes.

I had the Eibach and Koni combination on our previous HSV GTO, liked the ride quality that much I fitted the same set up to friends HSV GTO in the picture.

This car rides very smoothly on country roads and on the track has gone 1.72 in the 60' on drag radials.
Attached Thumbnails
What suspension are people running for lowering kits-image.jpg  
Dyno Junkie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2016, 04:16 AM   #10
TECH Enthusiast
iTrader: (1)
 
2QWK4RU 06 GOAT's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Left coast
Posts: 505
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by blackbyrd View Post
stay away from Eibach......do a search I have a thread detailing my experience.

spend them money and get lovells or Kings or go coilover
Since you mention King, they have the most choices for us. In oem soft to all out racing. They also have many ride heights available.

Coilover is still the way to go if possible imo.
2QWK4RU 06 GOAT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-2016, 03:08 PM   #11
TECH Addict
iTrader: (10)
 
blackbyrd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: cookeville, TN
Posts: 2,809
Default

^ I actually think that is the route i am going to go after christmas. After my run in with eibach. originally I thought since its my daily i didnt want to put that kind of money into springs and shocks as I wasnt after the performance enough to justify higher cost of coilovers. Now that I have spent some time under the car and recognize some of the additional things that need to be replaced when installing these items, by the time you buy some better springs and shocks/struts and replacing the bearings for the fronts you could have purchased the coilovers especially if you were going with Koni's.

Last edited by blackbyrd; 11-07-2016 at 03:23 PM.
blackbyrd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-2016, 06:00 PM   #12
12 Second Club
iTrader: (3)
 
svede1212's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Posts: 1,509
Default

IMHO the only big advantage with coil overs is adjustablity. I don't know many people that continually adjust them but just pick a height and went with it. Pretty much the same thing you do with regular springs. 20mm leaves enough travel so you don't compromise ride yet handles better than stock height. Coil over does sound race but by definition the fronts are "coil over strut" from the factory. No biggie one way or the other though.
svede1212 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2016, 10:13 AM   #13
TECH Addict
iTrader: (10)
 
blackbyrd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: cookeville, TN
Posts: 2,809
Default

most dont realistically i tend to swap wheels every so often and I like to manage fender gap when I do. though I didnt realize until after reading an install review the rears really arent coilovers.

I agree the only selling point is adjust-ability and if you arent fiddling with that regularly its kind of useless. for my taste though if the cost is relatively the same why not have the adjustment factor though Koni's give you the dampener/rebound control dont they?
blackbyrd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2016, 12:30 PM   #14
12 Second Club
iTrader: (3)
 
svede1212's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Posts: 1,509
Default

I got Konis way back when there wasn't much available at all outside of OEM or Monroe and they do adjust. Frankly I leave them on full soft all the time except the times I dragged the car. At that setting it is still stiffer than stock and with Lovells springs makes it firm but comfortable. They've held up great for about 9-10 years now.
svede1212 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2016, 01:09 PM   #15
TECH Addict
iTrader: (10)
 
blackbyrd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: cookeville, TN
Posts: 2,809
Default

I recently put some KYB excel g's on the rear of the car when I put the eibachs on and I have no complaints on them, but I think i jumped the gun on making the decision as I wanted to do it while I had the time (had a kid due in April) so in hind sight I think I would have rather spent the money to do a coil over setup or go Koni but sticker shock kept me out of doing them for some reason. Sad part is janurary of that same year I bought a set of ridetech level 2 coilovers for my firebird.
blackbyrd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2016, 09:55 PM   #16
TECH Enthusiast
iTrader: (1)
 
2QWK4RU 06 GOAT's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Left coast
Posts: 505
Default

The thing with many coilover systems is they carry much more sophisticated valving, capacity and many have gone to a digressive profile which helps with keeping car on the road and ride is improved over bumps.

The off the shelf shock won't have this level of engineering. You might keep this in mind for future decision making.

Last edited by 2QWK4RU 06 GOAT; 11-10-2016 at 10:39 PM.
2QWK4RU 06 GOAT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-11-2016, 01:42 PM   #17
TECH Addict
iTrader: (10)
 
blackbyrd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: cookeville, TN
Posts: 2,809
Default

^ valid points I hadnt considered 2qwk
blackbyrd is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Panhard relocation kit and a lowered car?? ramairetransam Suspension & Brakes 0 09-11-2015 08:42 AM
ProCharged and a question on nitrous(if should be done) sportfisher410 Forced Induction 24 02-16-2015 07:50 PM
Bmr lowering springs drops redcamaro4140 Suspension & Brakes 13 11-17-2014 09:17 AM
who runs high comp low boost? c5andtyphoon Forced Induction 27 09-28-2009 05:24 PM
True duals with pro-kit?? JustAFooL Suspension & Brakes 5 03-25-2008 08:32 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:33 PM.


 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
What's your question?
Send