Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour
November 25, 2015
Know what you want from your car and make better purchasing decisions!
I write this because I was looking to make my car look and perform better than stock. I love American Muscle and the videos that they put out, and this is the one product that I say I wasn't really happy with.
At the time of my purchase I wasn't able to write a review for:
1- Took some time before I got the springs installed
2-When I had it installed, I tried to write a review on this but the system would not allow it for some reason.
So here I am, back again to hopefully help others out there in making a good purchasing decision.
My question is:
What do you want out of your car?
Is this a track car?
After determining that, then you'll find out on where you want to go from there as in terms of suspension. This car for me is basically all of the above and when it came time to suspension I had to choose whether to go with springs or coilovers. From watching the videos on American Muscle I came to the conclusion that I wanted a balance, something that rode smoothly and nicely but could perform as well on the track and through the canyon roads, not to mention being easy on the wallet.
My experience after having driven on the springs so far have not been so well, in fact I wish that I could've kept my stock suspension setup as it felt better in terms of ride quality.
Handling it's a bit more stable but it requires more work and more parts for it to be perfect.
Something that people may overlook is that once you start changing the suspension geometry you have to change everything in order to get it right.
So a mod that you think will solve one thing will only lead to others until you address them all, emptying out your wallet.
So after the install of the springs and camber plates I took the car out to the track many times to drift and I felt like the car is now more boaty than being on the stock springs. The car sways and pitches more violently and I'm pretty sure that I need better struts that are suited for the spring weight.
But at that point though I might as well have gone straight for the coilover setup as after you buy the springs and struts-it could've just been coilover money.
The struts I have now are just the regular KYB struts that are probably and most likely just the OEM spec replacements and not suited for lowering springs.
Not only with the even boatier issue that I'm experiencing, steering is harder is more work now, I've had the car aligned many times and I'm always finding that the car wants to wander. Say it'll pull to the left, I take it in for an alignment then pulls right. But I feel like I'm working out my arms trying to steer the car, it's not smooth at all and I have changed out the ball joints. (I'll be seeing about doing a power steering flush to see if it might help)
With the lowered stance, while it definitely got rid of the wheel gap and improved the look, I also got rear end wobble. It's as if the rear is shaking its tooshy and it's more apparent at freeway speeds. Again, having lowered the car it had altered the suspension geometry so now I have to buy more things to correct it.
All I wanted was a lowered ride height and slightly better handling as it had stated, but now I'm wishing that I was back on the stock suspension setup and just saved my money.
Not only is the car my daily driver but when I have fun with it I take it out to the track for drifting so that's how I'm writing this review.
What I learned from this is before I go into any sort of modding, I have to decide on the car's purpose.
Ultimately I did not want to ride quality to go down but I wanted the lower the stance to get rid of the wheel gap, I just wanted to get rid of that wheel gap and handling was just a bonus.
But driving the car day in and day out with the way it is now, I would've just dealt with the wheel gap had I known that this was the way it felt unless you spent more money to correct the issue.
You notice every major bump or crack in the road and I can't believe that I'm having bumper scraping issues.
So figure out what you want from the car, and if money is no issue then by all means go ahead and get the springs, because you'll most likely be able to afford all the other suspension tidbits. But if money is an issue, then I suggest you really evaluate your need to purchase this set as this will only be the start of your suspension modding money spending journey.
This review is doing everything by the book and also having purchased and done what American Muscle recommends with this kit.
Purchasing the kit, the spring isolators and sleeve, getting an alignment.