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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-20-2010, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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Question going to do it - need final confirmation on shocks

Guys, i am finally out of college and working...

I have a long list of things i want to do to my Tbird and i think it's time to start - when all this is complete, I might retire the Tbird from DD duties and keep it as my project/show car/wk-end car whatever... will get something else as a DD...

This is my list:

1) Black Paint
2) New Tint
3) 1.6" Vogtland lowering springs
4) 18" Speedstar (SILVER) or some VERY similar wheels...not much luck finding these (I hate chrome wheels) - and 245/45/18 tires.
5) Clear Corners.

As I am working full time now, I need to start with the smaller "quick" stuff that doesn't take weeks/days to get done... like 2, 3, and 5 ...

So I thought I am going to start with the Vogtland 1.6" drop springs. (My car is has OEM 16" sport package wheels right now - these will do till I get the Speedstars).

Shocks are OEM sport shocks, and have 145 k miles on them)

Before I order, I just need to know, for sure, that I will be ok using my OEM sport shocks with the above mentioned 1.6" Vogtland springs.

I will change the shocks someday when they're old (i have a low mile set of front sport shocks that I am going to have put on at the same time i get the new springs.) But right now, IF i can keep using them, I prefer to keep using them, and just get the new..

Is there anything else that absolutely needs to be done, when changing to lowering springs?

Thanks a lot.

PS: I DID search - the info was not very conclusive and I didn't find many people who only changed the springs...
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-20-2010, 10:58 AM
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I would replace these to be on the safe side IRS Coil Spring Insulators

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Honestly, with that much mileage I would go new shocks. Why take the whole thing apart twice.


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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-20-2010, 11:51 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for both replies...

OK makes sense...
like I said I do have a set of very low mile OEM sport shocks that I can have installed- would those be ok with the 1.6" Vogtlands? compatibility wise.
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Get new upper mounts for the front

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