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Minor lowering: Only change springs?

Discussion in 'VT - VX Holden Commodore (1997 - 2002)' started by DavidPartay, Jul 26, 2006.

  1. DavidPartay

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    Ok well I want to lower my sexy new VX wagon but not by much - I only wanted to put some King Lows in to make sure I'm not going to get into an annoying soap drama with the insurance company.

    So am I right to just throw the King springs in? Or do I need to replace the shocks as well? I've read stories in the VT/VX forum about needing to install a camber kit, I have the VX series 2 executive wagon, so is this still necessary? What sort of price am I looking at?

    Actually, just remembered - is a strut brace likely to make any difference to handling? I've been driving a VN for a while now and I can tell it would have been greatly thankful for a strut brace (never put one on though :( ) but the VX from my driving it so far is a greatly different vehicle and seems to be much more stable in the front around corners.

    I'm not looking at spending big, I just want the car to sit a bit lower, handle a bit better and have a bit of a firmer ride.
     
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    I would replace the shocks as with 125,000kms on them ,they would be the original shocks from the factory.

    (No point doing the springs with worn shocks)

    A camber kit wouldn't be necessary (depending on how low you go) as the series 2 has the revised IRS.

    After fitting the suspension i would get a wheel alignment on all 4 wheels.

    With the strut brace its up to you. There is a genuine Holden one you can get from your Holden dealer or off eBay.

    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Commodore-VT-VX-VY-FRONT-STRUT-BRACE-BRAND-NEW_W0QQitemZ270011096917QQihZ017QQcategoryZ102358QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItem

    I got one of these and will be installing soon....
    You will have to drill into the strut tower as there are no strut brace mounts.

    Have a look at this thread...

    http://forums.justcommodores.com.au/showthread.php?t=34907
     
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    Sounds good!

    Thanks for the info
     
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    i was going to do same thing just get low king springs and 2 point chamber kit, cause i found out from 2 quotes i have that its over a grand with lowered shocks, i got quoted $800 for springs and chamber kit from one place, $750 from another. i was thinking of buying one of those strut braces cause i found one on ebay for like $30 do they make a difference? On the gold coast if u know of any places that would do my springs cheaper it would be great to know thanks
     
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    You can get King Springs Lows for a VX wagon on eBay for $240
     
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    I've just asked the seller how much shipping is from their location to the Central Coast in NSW (not spreading my postcode on here :p)

    Will post postage cost when I know it - of course it may vary depending on where you are located yourself (Goldencommodore)
     
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    hey thanks but i forgot to tell u guys i have a vt sedan. would it work out cheaper if i bought them off like ebay and got them installed by someone
     
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    You can get King lows for a VT sedan for $240 as well, and the springs themselves IMO you can do yourself - the rears anyway, at least I could on my VN. Never tried to do fronts. Of course if you're not confident doing them yourself you can find someone who will - either for free or otherwise.
     
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    I got a reply from John who is selling those springs:

     

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