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I plan to lower my '06 spectra sx over 17" wheels will I have a lot of rubbing or should I go really low pro 16"????

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If you have 17's on your car, then lower it a significant amount, until you think its going to be good enough, for the bumps and knocks, the amount of passengers you carry, the weight etc.
You have to give it some breathing space, alternatively, you can slam it.. but drive slowly everywhere
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You dont need to drive slowly if you get coilovers.. they are 100 times stiffer than the stock spring to make it not bottom out all the time...
If you ghetto style it with cutting the springs then oh yes it will bottom out all day long!!




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If you lower it too much with coilovers, you're still going to get rubbing?????? Which is why you have to allow more room. You need to compensate.

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coilovers are adjustable so in turn you can slam it at a show and just go with 1.50"-2" drop for everyday driving! There is also the measure of rolling the fenders to avoid this from happening if you like it slammed!! My personal experience I had the intrax 1.75" drop springs front and rear and I only bottomed out when driving fast and hitting a big bump.... and it wasnt all that bad when I did bottom out the tire to fender. it just scrapped a little. no biggy Ill take the bottom out here and there for the great look of a dropped car!!! Plus when you lower it with either of the coilovers or lowering springs you get a much better handling ride.... There isnt an autocross car out there that hasnt modified there suspension... And I love carving the corners when i can and hate the roll you get outta the soft stock springs...




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I liked the look of the Kia cars from SEMA. All of them were rolling 18's and the yellow one had the same Eibach Pro Springs that I used to lower mine. I just got back to Louisiana driving over 2800 miles with the back of my car full of over 200 pounds of Army equipment and my clothes and never once bottomed out on any of the crappy stuff that I was hauling ass over. I caught some air even going like 90 through AZ and didn't hit the bump stops when I came down. I drove throught the Grand Canyon as well and there are S curves that are 25 MPH and I was able to cruise through them at 45. My car just turned and didn't lean much. The ride is really nice when the roads are nice.


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there is always the option of putting airbags on it :-) low as you want high as you want and 18's work great. w/o mod to fenderwells, and or the front quarter panels.

i am running a strutbag kit from universal air suspension and fully locked up i am about and inch to 1.5 lower than stock and aired out i am about 6-7 inches lower. at normal ride height i sit almost 3.5 inches lower than stock. and i can go over speed bumps bumps in the road and all that without the strut bottoming out.

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Most dont got 1500+ to dump on air ride... But yes thats an option... Car looks great herb!!!!




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I put some 20's on my optima 06.5 and it shakes 50mph and up. this sux but damn it looks nice! my cousin works at kia and they have a few optimas that do the same thing on 20's. what you think i just need to go with a smaller rim?
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are they balanced correctly. SOunds like there not. Size shouldnt cause shaking.. Also did you re torque them after about 50 miles then again after 250? If not Id do it. Nuts might be loose.




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