I've gone from the DeCarbons to the "soft" Bilsteins. They're not really much softer than the DeCarbons IMO and they do add control on the local roads. Maybe in areas of the country where there is really no Winter stiff springs and shocks work well but where I am the roads are rough and the stock suspension is too stiff to keep the tires on the ground. No Botts Dots here, the snowplows would shave them off. I'm doing heads, cam, control arms, headers, and sway bars this Spring and when I get that sorted out I'm going to look into dual or progressive rate springs for our cars. I'm thinking an inch or inch and a half travel at the Caprice rate and the rest at the SS rate. This is obviously for local conditions because it's disheartening to see a little GEO blast past me on a washboard dirt road.