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FE2 Vs After market

Discussion in 'VT - VX Holden Commodore (1997 - 2002)' started by John Doe, Aug 4, 2006.

  1. John Doe

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    Can anyone give their thoughts on FE2 vs Aftermarket suspension???

    I have to raise my VX back up to near standard height due to the new body kit I just bought - (trial run and can't get out of the driveway) and the 19's that are coming.

    I have Pedders suspension in it now which sits at the legal 100mm from the ground at the lowest point (looks sweet on 18's, but scrubs on big bumps) and is fairly hard - corners well.

    My question is: Is it worth putting in the full FE2 setup or is there a aftermarket setup that is hard (not bouncy like standard) that will be good enough??
    Keeping in mind that I can't lower it (prob 1-2 inches max from standard)

    Thanks in advance
     
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    FE2 isn't really too different over standard height IMO... I currently have Super Lows and haven't scrubbed once, hitting speed bumps as fast I as I want and going up difficult driveways. Depending on your body kit, I doubt Super Lows would give you much grief and its still low enough to look hot.

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    Ive had after market suspension in my other cars, they were ok, but not perfect. I have FE2 in my Berlina and I love it, firm but not hard. Drives bloody fantastic. I have a corner near my place thats retrictid to 40km/h and I can take it at 85kkm/h sticking firm with no body roll. When it comes to ride, Im using 16" with 205.
     
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    Fe2 will drop approx 25mm from normal height PM sent cheers
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    No body roll with FE2?

    I find that hard to believe. They're firmer springs than standard granted, but they still have plenty of give in them. Mine had plenty of body roll in comparison to the suspension setup I've got now.
     
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    yea you get body roll probably wouldn't be as bad as stock but still it puts you off takin corners to fast, i found with my eb (drove like a boat) once i put some lovelle springs in it and some 17's and i swear it was on rails and will more then likely go on 2 wheels before sliding out absoultly brillient handeling, hell if anyones game enough i'll even prove it to ya:yeah:

    go for lovelles i swear by em they are bloody good, **** all over kings
     
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    for me aftermarket is shite loads better than the FE2 I had from factory..

    You just have to make sure that you get good gear and a workshop that knows what they are doing..

    I have Konis and Lovells and it is sweet as.. FE2 was way to harsh in comparrison.
     
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    i have full fe2 in my vx, running on 18x8 with 235's. i take corners designed for 40k at 100 with no problems, if i wasnt paranoid about other traffic im sure i could take it quicker. body roll is minimal and when taking friends for a drive they always complement the handling. the springs are not too hard which in most cases on australias low quality roads compromises handling. it absorbes most bumps without a problem - almost feels as comfortable as stock suspension yet keeps all 4 tyres on the road with body roll to a minimum without fail. i love it, i just wish it looked a bit lower :(
     
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    oh and fe2 took 5cm off standard height for me. after hearing you guys talk up superlow springs im tempted to go out and get some. but in all seriousness fe2 does the job perfectly for me.
     
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    i have a set of Fe2 Springs off my Vt cheap in melb if interested cheers
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    How cheap's cheap? :) I'm in Melbourne too... though I drive a stock VXII Exec, with the ordinary suspension... hehe.
     
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    $50 for all 4 springs. pm or email me if interested sorry Mods for off topic
     
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    Can anybody confirm the height differences between the standard, FE2, Super low and Ultra low springs, I have a set of new FE2 springs off from an SV6, and looking lowering my VE omega with 18" wheels, and I really want to know is it worth to put the FE2 or I should go for a super or ultra low.
    thanks
     
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    from the workshop manual FE2 is 36 mm lower

    i have them in my vx and they're pretty firm
     
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    Today called up some shops, lowest quoted is $400 with new king springs superlows, they also said if I supply the springs they can do it for $185, and If i dont need a new spring then they can compress the existing onces for $250, pedders quoted $720, tyre factory quoted $600 with new pedders springs.

    Now I need to decide king springs or Pedders? which is better to go considering the cost aswell, or compressing my FE2's or stock? also what is coilovers???
    Any advices..thanks
     
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    My thoughts.

    I personally like the FE2. It has just the right amount of comfort but still giving you sports performance. Sure it will have its limits that other after market systems will better, but you need to think about what you want overall. Handling or comfort?

    Some mates of mine have put super lows in there cars and the ride was crap. Handled like **** on a blanket but you felt every bump in the road. Being able to corner a high speed isn't everything in a car that you drive every day.

    Just my thoughts.
     
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    Hahahah you should ride in mine it's got strut brace, adjustable swaybars F/R and a set of DMS 40mm coilovers. There's a nice way to spend over $5000 lol
     
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    I had selby sl springs. factory shocks front, and pedder rear shocks. Replaced that last year with lovells sl, kyb shocks. Had the 4 point camber kit done. The new suspension shits on the the old one. Softer over bumps, softer as a daily drive. But has great stability for fast sharp cornering. its amazing how it keeps such great smoothness. Yet it has the characteristics of an aftermarket setup when wanted.. So thats my take on my aftermarket suspension.
     
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    Super low kings and Bilsteins all round in my VX SS with 245/35/19 Toyo T1R tyres.Sticks like **** to a blanket and not to bad on bumps.With FE2 shocks and springs i was bellying out all the time even with one person in the car.Now it lower and doesnt touch the ground and doesnt roll.
    Well worth the hefty bilstein cost.
     
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    ive got fe2 on my maloo and i love it
     

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