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#1 Old 02-01-2013, 03:57 PM
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This is just my little insight on things I had running through my head today at my mechanics.

I noticed the covers on my struts were shot. So we checked if they were any good. Turns out I'll be replacing those some time next month.

Next up is my exhaust system. I was looking at the whole set up. And after seeing it I have full confidence I can swap the exhaust out to a cat back on my own, at my shop..

Lastly after looking at the rims and tires alone and off the car I decided I'm going to buy 18" rims instead of 17". (unless convinced otherwise.)

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same paint as me... really want to have my car redone in white or black... but its a hell of a cost to do and id rather invest it in a turbo..
18's arent a bad idea, i have summers as 18's, however, i do want to get rid of the current ones i have to save up for a new set of either nismo's or BBS rims as 17's.

what kind of struts are you planning to buy as your replacements?

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This is just my little insight on things I had running through my head today at my mechanics.

I noticed the covers on my struts were shot. So we checked if they were any good. Turns out I'll be replacing those some time next month.

By covers, do you mean the boots? If they're shot, it doesn't necessarily mean the struts are bad, so you might end up spending money that you don't need to.

And, go for the 18s. They're worth the extra investment.

If you do replace the struts, are you lowering the car at the same time?



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what kind of struts are you planning to buy as your replacements?
I'm still on the market. I'm just looking around for now. I'm giving it a month. If it gets any worse or I start having problems I'll just get a cheap pair from my fathers parts store for a temporary fix.

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By covers, do you mean the boots? If they're shot, it doesn't necessarily mean the struts are bad, so you might end up spending money that you don't need to.

And, go for the 18s. They're worth the extra investment.

If you do replace the struts, are you lowering the car at the same time?
Yes, sorry I did mean the boot. As I was pointing out to my mechanic he said the same thing. He says the boot normally will wear away LONG before the struts go bad. When we had the car on the ground he tested it by "Bouncing" the car.. The passenger side was getting bad. Driver was bad but still do-able..

I also said that when I replace them I wanted to lower the car. He ended up telling me why I shouldn't and I figured If I don't lower the car I can just buy slightly bigger rims..

And lastly, I am taking a set of 18" rims. I'm shopping around for some but I have my eye on a set for now.


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I also said that when I replace them I wanted to lower the car. He ended up telling me why I shouldn't
And what reasons did he give?

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and I figured If I don't lower the car I can just buy slightly bigger rims..
What for? You want to try and keep the overall diameter of the tires as close to OEM as possible, so a bigger rim means a "lower profile" tire. Visually this will make the 4X4 gap in the front appear bigger even though it may stay the same.

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I'd also like to know the reasons he gave you to not lower the car?

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The only reasons he gave me were, that "You (Me) could ruin the under carriage, and it will cause your car to have a horrible ride." Some of my relatives have also lowered their cars but I think they had bad experiences because they barely knew what they were doing and installed the springs their self.

I'm on the wall, but I would take everyone's word on here over anyone else seeing how we all have the same cars. ( Well... Most of us.)


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on lowering i think its all on where you live and drive. if the roads around you have a ton of pot holes or theres a bunch of hills or anything that might cause you to scrape the bottom of the car its not worth it

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on lowering i think its all on where you live and drive. if the roads around you have a ton of pot holes or theres a bunch of hills or anything that might cause you to scrape the bottom of the car its not worth it
Around here there isn't much. There is a few man holes that are a tad high but otherwise its smooth.. If I do lower it I would be buying the Racingline springs.


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One thing that people mixed up all the time.

Your springs dont absorb the bounciness. That is what your strut do.
When the wheel is not on an even surface, your spring will compressed and expend. Your struts absorb the bounciness of the spring, so your springs wouldnt keep bouncing.
Lowering springs got a short length, but that does not mean you will hit the ground easier. Shorter spring also gives higher spring rate. Spring rate is the force required to compress each in/ft. Stiffer springs give you a more solid feedback. Because the traveling distance of the spring is shorter, it is recommend to replace your struts with performance struts. Performance strut, aka stiffer struts takes less compress length to absorb its energy. Therefore, it travel the proportional distance while gives you a more aggressive right.

Now, spring rate is higher = stiffer rate. Your car will be less comfy, because your car is riding on stiffer springs now.


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So if I buy springs I should buy performance struts as well. That seems reasonable.


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if ur buying springs (which i recommend, the alti stock has HORRIBLE body roll on corners) i would go ahead n buy new struts while ur at it since they are already worn in. go with the drop first before buying rims. as long as you dont go with a mild drop, you will barely notice a difference in ride. it will be more noticeable when u upsize rims and go with smaller tires.


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If you insist to ride on stock struts, you will expect more bounciness. As the strut will take more time to absorb its energy from the spring.


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Hmm okay, what struts would y'all recommend? I only have seen what's at my parts store.


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u want the answers spoon fed huh? kybs man. search foo! normally i would say stocks are good enough, but in ur case get new ones.


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