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I JUST PUT VOLANTE 18" ON MY LEX AND I NEED TO DROP MY RIDE JUST A BIT, BUT I STILL WANT THAT LEXUS RIDE AND I DON'T WANT MY SUSPENSION TO GET MESSED UP. I NEED TO CLEAR THE GAP, SO I WAS WONDERING HOW MUCH SHOULD I DROP IT AND WHAT IS THE BEST THING TO DO TO KEEP MY RIDE SMOOTH?

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Try Eibach lowering springs - I have them on my Aristo V300.

Initally, it'll sharpen things up, then as you drive it hard for a few 1000 miles it'll get even better with time.

I paid 300 quid for the Eibachs. You also have to get it setup correctly, loose setup will ensure you don't break your suspension.

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THANKS FOR THE ADVICE, BECUASE I WAS LOOKING INTO GETTING THOSE SPRINGS BUT I JUST WASN'T SURE THAT THEY WILL RUN GOOD....BUT NOW I KNOW! WHAT DO YOU MEAN LOOSE SO I DON'T BREAK MY SUSPENSION? I WILL LOOK INTO GETTING THOSE SPRINGS!

JOE DUARTE

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'Loose' is the technical term my 4-wheel suspension guy uses. If you just lower it and set the tracking it'll be like riding on rocks and your wishbones will break (this happened to my friends lowered Fiat Coupe).

The main thing is to take it to a suspension specialist who lowers cars for track, builds rally cars etc. He will know what 'loose setup' means.

The 18s you are running MAY present a problem as the Eibachs typically drop 30MM but that will increase to 40MM probably over time, maybe even 50MM. A friend with a Mondeo started at 30MM and ended at 80MM but he was using crappy Spax.

Once lowered, try some heavy braking from 60-80mph as this throws weight onto the front end - then you'll know if the tyres are scrubbing on the arches. If so, slight mods required there.

I think you will need to be very careful when parking after lowering and speed bumps, even slight ones, can hit underpanels. I bumped my exhaust and underpanels at the speed bumps at my health club, they're pretty gently bumps too. No major damage.

Is it worth it? Well, yes if you are careful to avoid potholes, bumps etc. and like fast cornering. Your car will stay with a stock Subaru thru corners no problem.

If you have the dollars, the Bilstein PSS adjustable suspension looks great but it's 1500 quid!

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We are currently able to supply these for £199.75 inc delivery and vat, if that helps :)

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I got some spray paint to paint mine before they went on the car. Went to halfrauds, looked around and spotted a 'super red iv' and though "thats the one". Got home, sprayed them up and put them against the car.....they were lighter! ****! Checked the paint code for my car........'super red ii'.......GRRRR

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I got some spray paint to paint mine before they went on the car. Went to halfrauds, looked around and spotted a 'super red iv' and though "thats the one". Got home, sprayed them up and put them against the car.....they were lighter! ****! Checked the paint code for my car........'super red ii'.......GRRRR

Guy lives close to me with a black soarer has fitted his...........must say they look really good.

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