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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-14-2019, 01:46 AM Thread Starter
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Hey everyone. I'm looking at ways to upgrade and lower my 84 non turbo. Currently have front and rear sways. Stock type struts, not the original but differently 20+ years old. Stock original springs. Car doesnt sag. But want to lower it down some while also making it corner better. From what I can find there are no good aftermarket spring/strut combos. Most people go with coilovers. Seems Stance and Ceika seem to be popular. Just trying to see what coilovers are best. Looking for direct bolt on, no modification. Not trying to get complicated and not going to be racing the car. It's a cruiser and datsun/Nissan meet up car. I leave my Z06 for the speed stuff. Not looking to slam the car either. Just want to drop it down about 1-2 inches, add some 16s or 17s wheels, and keep the wheels/tires at stock camber. Will not be giving it that "stance" look that some do. Any advice would be great as I'm pretty new to coilovers and how they work

Current: 77 280z, 84 300zx, 12 Vette Grand Sport ---The ex's: 06 WRX - RIP, 09 370z sport - RIP, 10 370z NISMO - sold
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There are no bolt on coilovers for the Z31. You absolutely have to weld the sleeves to the spindles.
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You are on the right track. The 84 NA stock springs are too soft for anything but comfort (F/R 136/140).

The late model (87-89) turbo has spring rates of (190/188). These are a good guide for spring rates that will improve the car and still be comfortable on the street. These springs can be acquired from salvage yards. The Shiro special spring rates are a little higher (207/224), but I have never found a set. These factory springs will maintain factory ride height. They can be cut to lower the car.

Eibach makes (or at least made) a spring kit for the Z31. These are lowering springs (1" to 1.5") with a progressive rate. I don't know the rate, but they are stiffer than the stock springs. The progressive rate should make them feel reasonable on the road. Progressive rate springs are not recommended for serious performance applications. This kit is available from the Z store, $235.

Coilovers are available from a few different companies. They can be purchased as full or slip-on style for the front's. Either way, some cutting and welding is involved. Rear coilovers generally replace the rear shock and the stock spring is removed. The standard springs that ship with coilovers are significantly stiffer (and less comfortable) than any stock springs.

Given a stiffer spring a slightly lower ride height, the Z31 will still not corner well. It at minimum needs a little more camber. The factory camber on these is centered near 0. Changing this will help the car turn and move it towards a more balanced feel. It will also increase the odds of the rear end kicking out. (there is no free lunch)

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Well that's disappointing about the coilovers. Not really a fan of having to weld anything up.

I was aware if the different spring options which is why I was looking at coilovers. Strictly speaking there appears to be no good option. Well, back to square one. Wonder if there are any companies that make custom springs

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