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Mystic_Cobra
11-05-2002, 08:45 AM
Ok, I've tried all that I can to stop this front end rubbing problem and I've decided to upgrade the springs and shocks. (no, driving slow is not an option!!)
I know I'm getting the H&R Race springs, Right JOHN PEARSON????
But I'm still torn on the shocks.
How many good choices are there for 750 lb springs?

I have narrowed it down to:
1. Koni Single Adjustables (best option right now)
2. Bilstein MM-race (great, but too much $$$)
3. Bilstein sport (are these strong enough to handle the springs?)
4. 03 Cobra Bilsteins (SUPER CHEAP, same question as 3)
5. Tokico 5-way (backup option)

I've heard that the Koni's won't last and I should go with Bilsteins. Has anyone had problems with them?

Taking suggestions! ! ! !

Cobra-R
11-05-2002, 09:20 AM
Originally posted by Mystic_Cobra
Ok, I've tried all that I can to stop this front end rubbing problem and I've decided to upgrade the springs and shocks. (no, driving slow is not an option!!)
I know I'm getting the H&R Race springs, Right JOHN PEARSON????
But I'm still torn on the shocks.
How many good choices are there for 750 lb springs?

I have narrowed it down to:
1. Koni Single Adjustables (best option right now)
2. Bilstein MM-race (great, but too much $$$)
3. Bilstein sport (are these strong enough to handle the springs?)
4. 03 Cobra Bilsteins (SUPER CHEAP, same question as 3)
5. Tokico 5-way (backup option)

I've heard that the Koni's won't last and I should go with Bilsteins. Has anyone had problems with them?

Taking suggestions! ! ! !

I have heard the same thing about Koni's from a well respected suspension co. that also sell both kinds. (Bilstein and Koni's)

For a daily drive car with occasional track use, personally I would go with the Bilstiens if money and simplicity is an issue.

One thing to consider if you are doing a full spring/shock upgrade is going with coil-overs. You will be able to adjust your ride height and run heavier spring rates without the harsher ride. If you ever need to change spring rates, the coil-over springs are cheaper and easier to replace. Just an idea. ;)
I have run both ways and am deffiantely sold on coil-overs.

Brian

Mystic_Cobra
11-05-2002, 09:45 AM
Thanks for the reply, Brian. I am planning to keep this car on the street and will be building a race car in a year or two. I want to keep this car cheap (if that's possible) and simple.
I didn't want to spend more than about 600 on shocks. That's why I'm ruling out the MM-race bilsteins, unless everyone can convince me that all the other options won't last me a couple years.

Cobra-R
11-05-2002, 01:13 PM
Originally posted by Mystic_Cobra
Thanks for the reply, Brian. I am planning to keep this car on the street and will be building a race car in a year or two. I want to keep this car cheap (if that's possible) and simple.
I didn't want to spend more than about 600 on shocks. That's why I'm ruling out the MM-race bilsteins, unless everyone can convince me that all the other options won't last me a couple years.

Maybe MM will groove a another cheaper shock/strut to accept coil-overs. You will have more flexability there.
Guess I have coil over on the brain. ;) ;) ;)

98banana
11-05-2002, 04:00 PM
Originally posted by Mystic_Cobra
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I've heard that the Koni's won't last and I should go with Bilsteins. Has anyone had problems with them?

Taking suggestions! ! ! !

I had a serious problem with my Koni's. It broke when I hit the wall at road Atlanta. You would think they would be a little stronger!:D

Seriously, I never had any problems with mine, but I only had them for a year. I can tell you though that I'll stay with them in my next car. Well, except for the broken one. :)