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Old 03-14-2019, 10:43 AM
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Front suspension height is 13.75 from hub center to top of wheel arch. Two inches below spec.
Rear is 16 right on spec.

This may explain why I have scraped the oil cooler on road dips and parking curbs several times.

Already purchased new upper shock mounts from Welsh. These will help raise the front a bit but do you
all think I need new front springs as well? I would like the car to be more balanced looking front to back.

Front too low and that makes the back look like it is up in the air.
 
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The new shock mounts will make a big difference but you can add a spacer up to 3/8" thick on top of the shock mount. I used a plastic cutting board for my 97. New springs are probably the best choice, but that's expensive.
 
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Just change the mounts then align, because when you change the ride height it changes the camber and the toe settings
 
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Other thing is to look into the lower shock joint. The boot wears out and it gets contaminated. They are available separately from the shock, but require a press to remove, a bit of a pain. General wisdom is to replace the joint ($20?) on the expensive adaptive shocks, but replace the entire shock for the conventional setup ($100?), especially if you have higher miles. I went the cheap way, and in retrospect, as the spring has to be messed with (spring compressors just scare me), I should have taken advantage and just replaced the entire shock. Your wallet, your call.

Best of luck, keep us posted.
 
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Old 03-14-2019, 05:59 PM
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Front and rear shock bushes from my CATS dampers.
All rubber boots were gone, and several millimeters of play.
Front can be done while you change the uppers, rear can be done in situ if needed.


 
 
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