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P Plater

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Posted - 23 Nov 2010 :  12:41:04 AM  Show Profile Send Lodgy a Private Message
hey guys, i feel like a major user of you guys, always asking questions, ones that most people would think wtf is he on about? but you guys seem willing enough to actually spare a second instead of just laughing at me (which i actually would do to some of these questions)

Anyways i thought i would just throw that out there and thank everyone for putting up with me.

If anybody has been reading my previous topics i am always looking to do things on the cheap as with a part time job i can hardly afford a tank of petrol a week.

so now to the PROPER question. I am interested in lowering my commodore, as every other owner is, but not interested enough to pay for a set of springs if i can get away with what ive got. Now in my back yard i have 2 mid 80s bluebirds 2 early sigmas and 2 ford meteors. Now all of these cars sit the same height if not slightly higher than my VN, but of course being small cars they are also lighter than it.

If by chance the front springs from one of these cars is the same size in diameter as the commodore ones could i put these in the front. If possible will it lower the car either way too much to even think about with the extra weight or will it make it handle like a big sloppy boat?

Thanks once again for any body who takes the time to read this long post, because i know if i asked any of my mates they would probably just slap me across the face.
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Posted - 23 Nov 2010 :  5:01:01 PM  Show Profile Send Mechknight73 a Private Message
Step one: drive a stock model of each car, a Bluebird, a Sigma and a Meteor. If you can get a drive of each, see how they handle. Granted, each will be lighter than a stock VN, even a V6. I can only relate what I know through my tech knowledge from Kingswoods.

The 6 cylinder and V8 Kingswoods, of any model have different springs stock. There are no other real differences in the front crossmember other than stiffer springs. The ride height is the same, the handling is similar. If you were to fit springs from one of these 4 cylinder cars, it probably will ride a little lower, assuming they fit into the struts properly. If you're willing to test it, it may work. Just try not to drive it far, just in case.
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P Plater

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Posted - 23 Nov 2010 :  5:54:15 PM  Show Profile Send Lodgy a Private Message
thanks mate, the cars are all blown up now as they are bush bombs, but what im thinking about with one of the sigmas and also a bluebird TRX and these both have quite stiff suspension so i might give those a go when i have a free day
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Posted - 28 Nov 2010 :  7:43:48 PM  Show Profile Send VNSVLE a Private Message
Spring rate will be alot lower. Yes you would probably get a lower ride but you will bottom out alot more and would be a very "boat" like ride.

What's the difference between understeer and oversteer?
Understeer is when the driver is scared.
Oversteer is when the passenger is scared.
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