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From stock to "HOLY S%$T", a suspension tale.
I`ll get right to it. Bought my `16 3 with 14 miles on it. Started modding the day I got it. I knew I was going to lower it a bit, and that`s where this episode starts.
I first got Eibach springs. They rode well, had a nice, subtle drop, but I wanted something more noticeable. Jumped on a set of H&R springs, sold the Eibachs. Car sat about where I wanted it to, but secretly wished the front sat just a *tad* lower, not corksport low. As the suspension was brand new, I really had no complaints and any further mods were to address specifically things I wanted, not needed. I had seen a few cars with coilovers that sat just ever so perfect, but the expense was just a hair out of reach for decent ones. As I broke the car in I started to see it`s handling personality come out more, and I knew what direction I wanted to go in. Rear sway bar was unquestionably the next item on the list. Still thinking about keeping my H&R and getting Koni shocks or trying to pull off some magic and get coilovers.
Then it happened.
I found a deal on a set of BC coilovers right at a time when I had a little bit of money to spend. I had them the next day.
To cut to the chase, the car has a true sports car feel to it now. It`s a firm ride, not bouncy, not jarring. It sits a little low for a daily driver, but still not slammed like the CS springs do. I`m sure had I gone with good shocks and kept my H&R springs it would handle jus as well...what I wanted was the custom ride height AND control. When he car is not under throttle in the turns, it corners like a rear drive sports car. Obviously under throttle front drive cars are very different than rear, but it handles remarkably, even to an old schooler like me who enjoys a little "throttle induced oversteer" from time to time. The car just begs to be pushed harder into turns that used to make my knuckles white.
So: stock > Eibach > H&R > BC coilovers w/ rear sway bar. I was happy after I installed the H&R....I`m ecstatic now. If it wasn`t pouring down rain I`d snap some pics of `er sitting just right. Gimme a few days, once the sun comes back I`ll shine it up and show off :-D