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Old 05-02-2006, 09:07 PM   #1  
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I bought Doug Rippie Motorsports (DRM) coilovers last year along with GM Racing T1 swaybars and subsequently dumped my entire stock suspension. I absolutely love my suspension - I could never go back to a transverse leaf now.

The DRM coilovers I have are custom shortened and revalved, but the rear springs were a little too soft for me. So I asked Randy (Rippie) of DRM to send me 650 inch/lb springs to replace the 550 inch/lb ones I currently have. By the way, Customer service at DRM is top notch - I can't say enough good things about them !!

Also, since my supercharger install, I have to raise the front by about 3/4 inch. So today was suspension day (among other things )

Well, I finally got around to raising the front and swapping the rear springs, so I thought I would post some pics of the dissembled coilovers.

Special shortened coilovers


They need cleaning after 7 months of driving


Dissembled coilovers


Stiffer springs - which will allow me to go lower


Back together again - now to reinstall.
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So what are you doing in your spare time ??? Sounds like you need to come up here and stay close to my car for awhile I could check in with you from work once in awhile and see how things were going

Lookin' good my friend
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I love the look of those coil overs and believe that is the route I will go when I dump my F-45 system. How much for the normal coil overs as I do not quite need to drag the weeds like the Grond, however lower than what I have now will be fine and the superior handling they must provide is really what I am after and with a blower I will need my front about where it is for proper cooling
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Looking good! Have you tracked the car any?

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So what are you doing in your spare time ??? Sounds like you need to come up here and stay close to my car for awhile I could check in with you from work once in awhile and see how things were going

Lookin' good my friend
It would be my honour to do anything at all on your awesome ride, GB. You know that.

And in my spare time? I am also doing this....




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Looking good! Have you tracked the car any?.
No I have not tracked it yet. Still getting it set up the way I want it. Next is polyurethane bushings everywhere these is a rubber bushing, rear tub and then new wheels/tyres.
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first A4 in the country to use DRM coilovers
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Looking great EG!

Time to say it again.... Same hoe and now with an even newer low
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... since my supercharger install, I have to raise the front by about 3/4 inch.
I think we know the real reason you are raising the front. Since you've moved south you no longer need to use the Vette as a snow plow.


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No I have not tracked it yet. Still getting it set up the way I want it.
You really need to get her on the track because running a road course is a very different animal than driving on the street. Before you spend more $$$ you should should get on the track & find your weakest link...you may be surprised.
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You really need to get her on the track because running a road course is a very different animal than driving on the street. Before you spend more $$$ you should should get on the track & find your weakest link...you may be surprised.
Sully, I'm still not 100% happy with it on the street where I cannot push the envelope. The weakest link right now is me.
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What are the advantages of coil overs?
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What are the advantages of coil overs?
For me, it allows me to run my car as low as I want. But then, I have "issues"

Seriously, it allows you to have absolute control over your suspension - ride height, corner balance, and true independent suspension. If you road race, you can setup your car for each course (if you wanted to).

I got them for 4 reasons.
1> I hated the stock suspension and Z06/Hotchkiss/QA/VB&P et al did NOT do it for me
2> I like total control
3> Ride height adjustability
4> Stiff suspension - like a race car.

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True, true, your cheeks (not on your face) ride about 3/4" off the ground.
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My lower radiator mount touches the road when I drive on a bumpy road. That is the only reason I am raising the front a little bit.

Prior to the new ECS radiator mount, I drove it like this all over the country for about 9,000 miles.
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Stephen, you are nothing if not persistant!! Soft should be history.
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And in my spare time? I am also doing this....



subs in the door didnt know that. NICE!!
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