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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-12-2004, 07:22 PM
Nine-C-One
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a good ride and lowered stance, yet still have a raked or slightly raked appearance with no sag?

I'm interested in the Vogtlands but they don't seem to be sold any longer and I also don't know if they sag or if they still let your car have some sort of a rake to it. I've seen pics of the Vogt's (Way2SSlow, Spartus) and they both differ in appearance. Way2SSlow's looks level and lower than Spartus's which looks slightly raked. I want the height of W2S's but with a rake.

The Hotchkis springs are just about the same but some people's cars appear to sit high or like they haven't been lowered at all. One person's rear looks like a 9C1's but the front is low and another person's car looks like it sits at stock SS height. Sorry for the length. Any suggestions?
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-12-2004, 07:30 PM
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Eiboch. They are progressive springs and leave a raked apperance. I wanted a all around lowered apperarance so I went with ST's. The rear sits even lower when I have a full tank of gas. I should have gone with a higher series tire in the front to take up some of the gap between the tire and the wheel well.

Here's a picture of his car with two other b-bodies. His is the white one.

HERE'S his website with some more pictures.

post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-12-2004, 07:44 PM
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Thanks. Does your car sit level? I live in the DC metro area so I don't wanna go too low (mean potholes sometimes). I figured 1.5" wouldn't be bad. I would go with the Hotchkis springs but they seem to be hit-or-miss with the appearance I'm looking for.
 
post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-12-2004, 08:26 PM
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Actually, its the Hotchkis that seems to be pretty consistent. The Eibachs are hit or miss. After 1+ years, they have been know to start sagging.

Don't forget some are saying that the Voghts are Hotchkis springs in a different wrapper.

Maybe the setups you have seen had stereo equipment in the back? Maybe no spare? Etc.

I love the Hotchkis on my SS.

Here is my setup with a few different wheels. You can see the rake in the 1st pic. The last one is with the Subs in the trunk and a stock size tire. You can see the difference in how they sit when you look at the black powdercoated wheel.

post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-13-2004, 01:59 AM
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If you want it low, go with STs or Intrax. If you want it driveable (as in, it's your daily driver and you don't want the frame hovering inches from the ground), go with Hotchkis. Others will chime in here and tell you they're in love with their "low" lowering springs. It's personal preference. I researched lowering springs for over a year for my '94 9C1- the three stated above plus Sprints and the Impala springs. Finally went with Hotchkis. For me personally, I wanted a dropped look, but didn't want to get too crazy. I think Hotchkis offers form and function. Just my opinion. Call Jason over at Street Trends. He'll take care of you. Good service at a good price. Ask for a discount. He'll work with you.
post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-13-2004, 04:25 AM
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I'm runnin 9C1 springs up front missing ~1 coil and the moog cc627's in the rear, I love the way it looks with 275/40/17's and it rides just high enough to clear most things.

post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-13-2004, 04:26 AM
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The car has a slight rake to it that you can't see too well in that pic,
post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-13-2004, 07:33 AM
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dont buy ST that was the biggest mistake I ever made. They ride low, make the car look great and handle a little better, but they ride like crap.
post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-13-2004, 07:49 AM
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The Eibach's will give your car a pretty harsh ride compared to the Hotchkis/Vogtland springs. I've had both on my car. The Eibachs used to give me some wheel hop while cornering.. I even felt the car bump-slide to the side several times while taking hard corners on un even surfaces.. I have yet to have that happpen with the Vogtlands.

The Vogtlands are still available.. You just need to know where to get them. Last I knew, the only guy selling them for the IMP was on Ebay... I have his Email Address if you want it. PM me, if that's the case.
post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-13-2004, 08:32 AM
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The rake was too much for my friend Ghost, and he put spring clamps on the rear because he wanted the rear to sit lower. I would think about what Thump suggested because the roads are fairly bad in L.A. as they are in D.C. Intrax is what the last car on the right in the pic I posted has. It's almost like a "reverse rake" look where the car sits higher in the front and lower in the rear. I second the comment about the ST's. Great stance but a little hard on the kidneys. Also they aren't progressive springs. Also remember you car will always sit lower with a full tank of gas and a lot of junk in the trunk. [img]smile.gif[/img] I did a lot of research before I made a decision on which springs to go with and I based my decision solely on stance.
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