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October 22, 2015, 01:56 PM #0

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Hey toptier,
So i just bought a 2012 si for a winter car after realizing my 350z in our glorious winter wonderland is a deathtrap.

So with the si im just looking to shorten that wheel gap a bit NOTHING DRASTIC...
Because ill be using it as a daily come winter.
I heard tein s-techs are the most mild drop, but is this advised for the stock shocks for our roads which are comparable to a post apocalyptic WW3 movie?

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    October 22, 2015, 02:01 PM #1

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    Why would you want to lower a winter car?

      October 22, 2015, 02:31 PM #2

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      lowering a winter car probably isn't the best idea and will save you headaches in the long run. if you still want to go through with it than yeah s.techs will be fine. You stock struts will be able to handle them but will wear them out a lot quicker than if you were on oem suspension.
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        October 22, 2015, 03:04 PM #3

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        It's not like the civic sits that high anyway.

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          October 22, 2015, 03:12 PM #4

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          One time I ran over a nice ice chunk, you guys what I am talking about. Made a nice dent in the bottom on my car, lucky not my exhaust. I had a lowered beater, would never do that again. Not to mention getting stuck in snow, but I always got a nice under carriage cleaning because the body of the car would be dragging.

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            All good points. Maybe ill stay off the springs for the civic, or just do a lip kit to give it that lower look.
            If tein comes out with an h-tech... that would be ideal.
            Thanks all!

              October 22, 2015, 05:39 PM #6

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              Yes, S.Tech spring rates should be okay with stock style struts and shocks, but something performance oriented would serve you better. A mildly dropped car is fine in winter, everybody else is being big pussies. Arch gap looks awful, even a mild drop improves a stock car very much.

                October 23, 2015, 12:14 AM #7

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                you could probably find HFP suspension for cheap? its a 1 inch drop very mild thats what i did

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                  Originally posted by Christian
                  you could probably find HFP suspension for cheap? its a 1 inch drop very mild thats what i did

                  Was just going to suggest this
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                    Massive wheel arch is the main reason for wanting to do a mild lower. Secondly, not a fan of the body roll on the 2012 si.
                    HFP looks pretty pricy tho... from what i see 700-800
                    Plus instal alignment and all that im looking at over a grand.
                    Stechs are only like $250

                      October 23, 2015, 01:14 AM #10

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                      Originally posted by: Christian link=topic=11703.msg260607#msg260607
                      you could probably find HFP suspension for cheap? its a 1 inch drop very mild thats what i did
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                      Where did u find them and total $$$?

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                        Originally posted by m350z

                        Where did u find them and total $$$?


                        really? i paid 1/3 of that price but i also found it locally

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                          Originally posted by firelizard
                          A mildly dropped car is fine in winter, everybody else is being big pussies. Arch gap looks awful, even a mild drop improves a stock car very much.

                          THIS ^^^^^
                          I've driven lowered cars in winter lots, its not nearly as bad as people say, and 1 or 1.5 inches isnt going to make a difference in the grand scheme of things, you don't drive a truck so don't drive the car like one and you'll be fine

                            October 24, 2015, 09:28 AM #13

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                            H&R OEM Sport springs are a very slight drop and a bit firmer ride, spec out to roughly ITR spec if such a thing existed for your gen car.  I've also driven a lowered car in the winter (Acura 1.6EL), and it's doable for the most part, but it's not ideal for winter.  I'd recommend against a lip kit for a winter beater, that's the opposite of what would make it functionally better IMO.

                            If this car is seriously a winter beater for you, then I'd leave it on stock springs, and get some winter tires in one sidewall profile TALLER than stock which will actually RAISE the car slightly, and give you taller gearing, and it would actually be really good to get around in the winter.  It's not going to look like a summer car that you're driving year round, but that's not what it is either.
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