Anyone own a S/V 40 and already changed their spring? I am still shopping around and look for a good one...any suggestion?<P>Also, what's the disadvantage if I just change the spring but not the shock absorber or coilover?
Hello,<P>yes there are many people who have changed their suspension to lower springs and shocks. Most of the springs seem to be lowering the car about 1.2" to 1.4" <P>there are many problems normally associated with using stock shocks on lowering springs:<P>1) the stock shock is designed to handle bumps in the road based on the stock spring. since your car is now lower, the shock needs to be valved so that it can handle more force. otherwise you'd bottom out coming off of a large bump.<P>2) when the shocks are not matched to the springs, you risk "pogoing" on smaller bumps. this happens when on bumpy surfaces, and your car keeps going up and down.<P>3) if you go with stock shocks and find out that you do need upgraded shocks later, then you have to pay for the full installation again since the entire assembly needs to be taken apart.<P>Personally, I wish there was an aftermarket spring with higher spring rates but without the drop. like a .75" drop with 250lb spring, would be the perfect sport for me.<P>I am not a fan of aftermarket springs anymore. all springs settle over time, and some springs continue to get lower. My Eibachs on my A4 were much, much lower than than stated on the box, and they ended up sinking another 1/4" lower than that. So with my s40, I'm going to wait to see if a better spring comes out than currently available, or wait until a company releases a real coilover system for the s40.<P>
i see this thread hasn't been active for a while...<P> has anyone come out with a matched shock/strut/spring system for the '01 S40 yet? last i checked, IPD didn't offer shocks, and Apex told me that they weren't going to have their system out for "a while"...<BR> i'm looking specifically for something where the shocks compression and rebound rates are matched to the spring rate,... my preference is for something a bit firmer, and (especially with the lower front air dam on the SE) the car looks like it's just begging to be a little bit closer to the Fault Line,... of course, i'm self admittedly biased; with the exception of my old Quattro, i haven't had a vehicle in 17 years that i haven't raised or lowered. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/wink.gif"><P><BR>cheers!<BR>e<P>
I'm also thinking of upgrading the suspension, but haven't found any sutiable shocks. I'm surprised Bilstein has nothing for the S40. However, you could try <A HREF="http://www.heicosportiv.de/" TARGET=_blank>www.heicosportiv.de/</A> <BR>not sure about the pricing, though -Paul