ST-204 lowering

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ST-204 lowering

Postby ScoFusion » Wed May 06, 2015 11:23 am

I've got a '97 SX that's basically stock and I use it as a daily as such, but I am considering maybe getting it lowered, basically for aesthetic appeal. I was just wondering if anyone could point towards a thread or simply post here any tips on where to look. From what I've read so far it seems like lowering springs would be the way to go over coilovers, because of the difference in cost and I'm not too concerned about upgrading the handling, but I don't want to compromise longevity or quality. (I've read that maybe lowering springs can shorten the life of the struts? Is that just cheaper lowering springs or a general rule?) Is that a reasonable goal? If so, where and what should I look for in Adelaide or online? Or should I just stick with stock?
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Re: ST-204 lowering

Postby MWP » Fri May 08, 2015 2:44 am

Just go with the lowering springs to begin with. Cheap & easy.

King Low springs are easy to get and do the job well.
These guys should be able to get them in for you (if they dont have them already): http://www.sasuspension.com.au/
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Re: ST-204 lowering

Postby ScoFusion » Fri May 08, 2015 9:53 am

Thank you!
Much appreciated.
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Re: ST-204 lowering

Postby bexs » Wed Aug 05, 2015 11:55 pm

I recently put king springs in my 2000 zzt and found they were great and easy to install. Just check to make sure you get the right ones for your car.
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Re: ST-204 lowering

Postby ScoFusion » Mon Aug 17, 2015 10:32 pm

Thanks bexs,
I bought the king springs and have had them installed for a few months now and they're great.
The next thing is that I am considering new wheels, maybe... Out of interest, now that my car has been lowered 1.5 inches does anyone know if 19" wheels will fit on it? I don't necessarily need such big ones, but I've some across a set at a good price that I like.
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Re: ST-204 lowering

Postby MWP » Mon Aug 17, 2015 11:12 pm

Hmm, you sure about 19s?
Personally i think they are too large for a 204. But that's just me :)

Also consider that you'll need to run a fairly low-profile tyre on them.
Tyres will be more expensive, you wont have as wide a choice of tyres, suspension will feel harsh, you'll have to dodge every pothole so you dont dent the rim, and they won't grip as well as a tyre with a larger sidewall.
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Re: ST-204 lowering

Postby ScoFusion » Mon Aug 17, 2015 11:15 pm

Ahh excellent advice, much appreciated, I will steer clear of them!
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Re: ST-204 lowering

Postby MWP » Mon Aug 17, 2015 11:28 pm

No probs.
Don't just take my word for it though, do some research.

A quick google search say the standard 204/205 tyre size is 215/50/16.
To get the same circumference in a 19" (so your speedo is still accurate), you would need to go with a tyre around 225/30/19. No one makes them :P
There are some 225/35/19's around. Not as expensive as i thought they might be, but there isn't much of a choice in brand/type.
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Re: ST-204 lowering

Postby bexs » Wed Aug 19, 2015 11:00 pm

I'm looking at 18" for mine as largest sick was sixteen and legally you can go two inches up (from what I've been told). Maybe find somewhere you can put the wheels on our in front of your car so you can get a good idea.

I'm totally loving my car now it's lowered, they have pretty much settled in now.
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