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I know that springs have been covered ALOT in here. I have researched every spring topic and still cannot get the answer that I am looking for. That's where you experts come in. Ok here is the deal.... the manufacturer designs the springs with the shocks (so they work well together) i.e. proper height for the spring when no load is on the car...also they calibrate the spring with partial and full loads as well. (you guys already know this) These two parts(springs and shocks) work together because of how the designers fabricate them. If you change the springs (I am looking into the TME) and the ride height is lets say 1/2 inch drop all the way around. What is keeping those "stock shocks) from being ruined or damaged because of the "ORIGINAL" set up being altered.????? I would think if the "stock" springs are at a certain height and then you lower them 1/2 inch that the shocks are now "at rest" alot lower than stock, I would think if the shock is not designed to "rest" at this height that it would put alot of "stress" on those shocks because they are being compressed at a different rate than they were designed to be. Would'nt that be the reason that the dealer will not warranty "different springs" All help is much appreciated. Hopefully this message is not to convaluted" Thanks Rick
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there are several vehicles that have different hieghts to meet different standards. For example I think the R32 is a car that will handle much better in Europe due to the ones that come to america have to have a taller ride hieght to meet certain standards.

Your stock shocks problably will wear out sooner with aftermarket shocks. All shocks will wear out eventually just like performance brakes will wear out pads sooner.

You got to pay to play.
This is just a guess but I would say 10-20% less lifetime than normal. That is a cheap price to pay for the improvement on these cars. The EVOLVE(on my car) springs are the most aggressive and the car is still very comfortable to ride in.

If you are going to get shocks to frequent a track then it all depends on how often you go to the track and how aggressive you drive. There is no way to calculate this. By going to the track you WILL wear things out and break things.
stiffer stprings react faster than stock and the stock shock has to work faster/harder. Not enough +/- life to worry about.
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Wrong. A stiffer spring rate = less suspension travel overall. That means the stock shock has to function less. Less function leads to greater life.

Plug it into your software and you'll see I'm right.

less travel but travels faster and more load since it is already somewhat comressed/lower.
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