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okay, i just bought some 17x7.5 ROH rims with 215/40R17 tires from badDSM. they look AWESOME! just gotta get my car painted black now. but the problem i have: did some extreme lightening to the car and now i have 5.5" wheel gap in the rear. not sure of the front because the fenders are off. how in the hell am i gonna lower this thing that much? i am debating between springs and kybs(or tokico) or coilovers. i am thinking coilovers will allow me to drop a bit more but still give me the performance i want. just wanted some other's opinions.
 

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i would go with the coilovers before i did springs..just my opinion
 

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It depends on how much you want to spend and how much drop you want. Springs and shocks are cheaper and can be had for less than $400. You have the Eibach Prokit that gives you 1.3" of drop to those that will give you a slammed look (2"-up).

Im suffering with a way tooo low setup and I want to replace it with something that does not scrape everywhere.

Coilovers are more expensive and gives you height adjustments. Some come as complete systems (includes pillowball mounts) and provides easy installatio while others (like the Tein Basic and SS) that requires you to use your stock tops.

In any case, you need to have an alignment after a suspension replacement.
 

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i have a 98 gsx as well, what is too low for you? i want one that looks low and nice, but doesnt scrape LOTS of pot holes and speed bumps in chicago...
 

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to be honest unless you get a camber kit also having lowering springs will screw with your wheel geometry and camber angles. It is recomended that you always keep the car at stock height. When you swapped in your new wheels and tires you probably have more space between the wheel and the fenders because you got lower profile tires. But your overall ride height has most likely not changed significantly. The way the car rides will also be affected if you decide to drop it. So go get a camber kit if your going to drop the car...id also recomend the pillow ball mounts too. As far as springs and such go if your going to use it just as a street car...go springs, but for any other application...lowering/track/autocross I recomend ground control coilovers.
 

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i have a 98 gsx as well, what is too low for you? i want one that looks low and nice, but doesnt scrape LOTS of pot holes and speed bumps in chicago...
Too low is when you gotta slow down everytime to clear a hump and STILL scrape when you approach at an angle. I still scrape my muffler once in a while. Im going to switch to an Eibach Prokit for a 1.3" drop.
 

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okay, i just bought some 17x7.5 ROH rims with 215/40R17 tires from badDSM. they look AWESOME! just gotta get my car painted black now. but the problem i have: did some extreme lightening to the car and now i have 5.5" wheel gap in the rear. not sure of the front because the fenders are off. how in the hell am i gonna lower this thing that much? i am debating between springs and kybs(or tokico) or coilovers. i am thinking coilovers will allow me to drop a bit more but still give me the performance i want. just wanted some other's opinions.
Get some 225/45 tires next time you buy tires, it'll help a little bit with the excessive wheelgap. Plus 225/45 is damn near the stock circumference on these cars anyways. I recommend for you to at least get sleeve type coilovers, or if you have the money, get full coilovers.
 

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make sure that you drive it a bit the way it is to make sure that it all settles back down. Did you change anything suspension wise? if so mabey you dont have it on right?
 

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With a fair amount of weight reduction, you will have trouble finding the right drop. I'd recommend coil overs unless you are not too concerned about ride height. If you want it perfect, you will have trouble choosing springs. You can't obviously compare it to a full weight dsm.
 

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I have a similar problem, I have a 90 gsx, was running some 215/45/17 tires, stock sh*tty suspension, tires were a bit low profiled, so I had a nasty wheel gap, getting some kyb agx shocks, was looking at possibly getting some sportlines just to cover the huge wheel gaps, but I got new wheels and am now running 225/45/17 tires, these new tires not only made the car look way more aggressive but also filled in the wheel gap quite a bit. Now I bet if I just get some pro-kit springs it will lower the car just right and not too dropped and ricey and also perform WAY better then it probably would with the sportlines.
 
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