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Old 10-21-2008, 12:25 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Got any updated pics of it, maybe a shot of your springs too? Great discussion

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Old 10-21-2008, 03:19 PM   #32 (permalink)
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I'd be careful with those cut springs. Lowering springs have extra tension to them that helps to keep your ride smoother.
I know someone whos boyfriend thought her neon would look cool if he cut 2" off of the springs.

The resulting bouncyness caused the lower engine support to snag on a crack in the highway and shot her into a bridge support at 65MPH and now she can't remember anything that happened before the 6th grade.

BE CAREFUL!

I cant remember anything before the 6th grade either.
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I also thought of lowering my car and heard the great results from it over at TeamSwift.net, but I also live in the dreaded "Snow-Belt" and I may need the extra height this winter since I still don't plan on driving my truck unless the snow gets really deep.
I've driven lowered cars almost every year since i've been driving, growing up in wisconsin. Sometimes it's an issue, but body work is worrisome more than anything else.
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Old 10-21-2008, 10:20 PM   #34 (permalink)
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I lowered my Metro too.

I just did it by adding 500 lbs of lead!
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Old 10-27-2008, 06:45 PM   #35 (permalink)
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Took me a second.... I was like, "Why would he put so much lead in there?..." DUH! lol
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I also took out one round of coils from my metro. I would say no change in MPG. But I will say it was worth doing for the cornering.
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Of course there is always a proper way to do things

You can sometimes find Suzuki Swift coilovers on Ebay or whatever, but if not, springs are readily available.

H&R SPORT LOWERING SPRINGS 96-99 GEO MATRO SUZUKI SWIFT | eBay
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I used a 4 1/2 grinder with cut off wheel cut in the same location as the holder in the strut and whent right back into place. just 1 coil on all 4 corners. free mod that way
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Of course there is always a proper way to do things

You can sometimes find Suzuki Swift coilovers on Ebay or whatever, but if not, springs are readily available.

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Cutting springs may not seem so "proper" if the 15 year old struts blow out sooner than normal.

This is why I bought coilovers for the Rabbit. They aren't the best on the market but at least they're designed for lowered ride height- something you can't say with the stock stuff.

I don't want to start an argument though, Frank. Just giving a word of advice from the performance and longevity side of things.

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