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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-25-2017, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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Coil over shocks

I searched but didn't find anything on anyone using coil over shocks. Checking Ebay recentky and saw QA1 and Viking selling coilover setups.

Anyone use these? Thought about doing it for the front. Viking had different spring rates, 250, 350, 450, and 550 lbs.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-26-2017, 07:18 AM
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I wouldn't recommend coilovers on our cars. The lower shock mount area on the A-arm is designed to take the shock absorber load, but not the combined dynamic corner loads of the shock and spring combined.

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I'll be mighty interested in hearing anyone who's chosen coilovers on a car not originally designed for it. And agree above with Bolt-on-. Outside of the usual PIA of swapping out coils I'd like to hear why the interest.

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What about changing to tubular control arms.

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95 9C1 LT1 New toy as of 6/09 (this one is now heading same direction as the 96)
95 9C1 LT1 The new black mariah! SOLD
95 9C1 LT1 Will be my whenever I get it done project!
94 Caprice

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OK. What about them. They're just really strong and pretty A-arms. We're all just going to be placeholders until someone who's used coil-overs feels compelled to chime in. My initial ? remains - what's driving the interest? Besides a really expensive alternate to what's already holding up the car.

Potentially less weight? Cleaner looks? Quicker change-out trackday?

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I would think they are easier to install than the stock springs, better choice of different rate spring to dial in the feel of the car. Just thinking out loud.

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95 9C1 LT1 New toy as of 6/09 (this one is now heading same direction as the 96)
95 9C1 LT1 The new black mariah! SOLD
95 9C1 LT1 Will be my whenever I get it done project!
94 Caprice

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-30-2017, 07:05 AM
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I read where someone tried the coilovers and they will rip the screws out of the lower arm. Unless you can reinforce the attachment point and mount them from the top side with a through bolt, I would not use them.

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-30-2017, 12:09 PM
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Better question - why do you feel you need coilovers? What is your goal here?
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