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sport or non sport shocks

I need some advice on shocks and springs. I have a 97 LX without the sport option, with stock shocks and springs. The shocks are pretty worn out and need to be replaced. I was pretty happy with the factory ride height and quality but wouldn't mind a slight improvement in both.

Here are the options I am considering.

1. keep existing set up, buy new non sport shocks

2. Vogelang spring with small drop. I've pretty much ruled these out. I think they will be too stiff for me.

3. sport springs and sport shocks. It sounds like these will cause the car to sit slightly higher than the non sport springs which I don't want. I know cutting springs is generaly a bad idea but it is possible to cut a small amount off to have the car sit at the same height as it would with the non sport shocks?


4. keep existing non sport springs, buy front Sport shocks and rear cobra shocks. This is what I'm leaning towards right now.

Does anyone run the sport shocks without the sport springs? Any thoughts on how this compares to the sport springs/sport shocks combo.


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I need some advice on shocks and springs. I have a 97 LX without the sport option, with stock shocks and springs. The shocks are pretty worn out and need to be replaced. I was pretty happy with the factory ride height and quality but wouldn't mind a slight improvement in both.

Here are the options I am considering.

1. keep existing set up, buy new non sport shocks

2. Vogelang spring with small drop. I've pretty much ruled these out. I think they will be too stiff for me.

3. sport springs and sport shocks. It sounds like these will cause the car to sit slightly higher than the non sport springs which I don't want. I know cutting springs is generaly a bad idea but it is possible to cut a small amount off to have the car sit at the same height as it would with the non sport shocks?


4. keep existing non sport springs, buy front Sport shocks and rear cobra shocks. This is what I'm leaning towards right now.

Does anyone run the sport shocks without the sport springs? Any thoughts on how this compares to the sport springs/sport shocks combo.


Thanks,
Joe
I think you should keep the springs and install sport shocks. The shocks will give better and firmer damping and rebound, but the ride quality will still be marshmallow soft (how you like it) with the stock springs. Honestly - changing to the sport springs doesn't affect ride height as much as some think. You will notice a big difference in ride quality and handling if you switch to all sport hardware.


I have the Vogtland 1" drop springs and sport shocks (in front - Bilstein in the back) and I love that combo. In my opinion, the Vogtlands have a better ride quality than the sport springs do. But you will hear different opinions on that.

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Thanks Jim, that is most likely what I will do. The shocks are pretty worn out so at this point anything would be an improvement.

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Anyone else have any suggestions on this?

Are there any progressive springs available with a 1" or less drop? I like the idea of the Vogland springs but I'm not sure I would like the ride quality especially with all the potholes around here. The only option I see would be cutting the regular springs down slightly.

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1996 Bronco XL - 2003 Escort ZX2 wrecked - 1996 Bronco XLT Sport

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