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Lowering question, do you think I will run into issues?

I have decided I am going to hold off on going with new struts and shocks and just replace the springs for now.

But my concern is this, I really LOVE the drop on the FRPP "K" springs but my rear tires stick out past the fender maybe a 1/4" of an inch if that. I realize that I would have rubbing issues if the fender were to ever come down to the tires, but I figure I would have to really hit a bump pretty fast and hard to move it that far.

Looking at the car if I go with a 1.5" drop that will leave me with about 1.5" clearance, do you think that will be ok?

The only reason I ask is the "P" springs 1" drop doesn't seem worth the money to me. And my next choice would be the Steeda Ultralites at 1.2" front and 1.4" rear but they are about 80 bucks more.

Any input?

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I have the FRPP "p" springs and my car looks great! It hunkers it down so it doesnt look like a 4x4 but isnt so low that I scrape over speed bumps or going up driveways. The 20 inch Shelbys fit nicely inside the wheel wells too and I have never had a rubbing issue.

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I think what ever springs you go with, it will be fine.
What I do recommend is that you also replace the dampers too. I don't think the stock dampers can handle the higher springs rates of lowered springs.
It can be done but the ride and handling will suffer greatly. If you are going this far, do it right the first time and be done.
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Lowered mine with the FRPP P springs with no issues whatsoever and the drop was plenty. Definitely a noticeable difference in handling and appearance. I believe as long as you don't go any lower than this, the stock components will be fine.

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Replacing the stock dampner is a great idea but not always needed. Shocks/struts just keep tires from tramping over rough roads and from excess oscillation like when going over expansion joints on the freeway. lowering the ride height doesnt make shocks/struts work any harder just works them at a different height.
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Personally, I don't like the idea of dropping the car on stock dampeners if the tires stick out past the fenders. And remember, the left tire is gonna stick out more like .5-.75" if you don't install an adjustable panhard bar.


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Personally, I don't like the idea of dropping the car on stock dampeners if the tires stick out past the fenders. And remember, the left tire is gonna stick out more like .5-.75" if you don't install an adjustable panhard bar.
Already have the adjustable PHB
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Already have the adjustable PHB
Then what is the concern? What size wheels and offset are you running?

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Then what is the concern? What size wheels and offset are you running?
I am running 20x10s with 295/30/20 on them. The offset is +38. My concern is that currently the left side is already out 1/4 of an inch the right is out maybe a 1/8th of an inch. All the PHB will do is allow me to split the difference between the 2 sides, so I will end up with about 3/16ths out on each side. I took a level and placed it on the fender and made sure it was plumb and slid it down till it touched the tire.
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