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Time for some debate...

Whats your preference and why:

What struts do you prefer?

And what springs do you have them matched with?

What kind of driving do you do (street, comp, cruising)?

I have Eibach springs that lower my car 1 and am looking for some new aftermarket struts. Please let your mind and experience flood out here. Thanks guys.

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> Time for some debate...

> Whats your preference and why:

> What struts do you prefer?

> And what springs do you have them matched
> with?

> What kind of driving do you do (street,
> comp, cruising)?

> I have Eibach springs that lower my car
> 1 and am looking for some new
> aftermarket struts. Please let your mind and
> experience flood out here. Thanks guys.

> ELMO

Elmo,
I have KYB on my 83 280ZXT, and have NOT been very pleased with them. They ride very firm and do not do that well on the autocross track. They also seemed to RAISE the rear of the car by about 1.5-2 inches, not the best thing for racing. As soon as I can get the money together (I need new BFG G-Force R1 tires for this season) I plan on getting the Tokico Illumina's so I can Adjust for the street or the track. By the way I am running Stock springs.

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> Time for some debate...

> Whats your preference and why:

> What struts do you prefer?

> And what springs do you have them matched
> with?

> What kind of driving do you do (street,
> comp, cruising)?

> I have Eibach springs that lower my car
> 1 and am looking for some new
> aftermarket struts. Please let your mind and
> experience flood out here. Thanks guys.

> ELMO

Hi Elmo- I installed Tokico struts and Suspension Techniques springs. I also upgraded the sway bar bushings to urethane. Car has a nice snug ride, you will follow the contours of the road. This lowered the car close if not two inches once I went to 215 60's instead of the 195 70's. I admit that it is not very comfortable if you don't watch the bumps, but if you are going to drive beat up country roads, drive a pick-up. I autoX the car which is the root of all modifications, but I drive it daily to work 100 miles round trip. I don't mind the ride at all, you feel what the car is really capable of, and the Zcar is an awfully sweet ride!! Besides anyone who has ever driven 635 in Dallas will appreciate the quick response and good handling....these people drive crazy!!!

My 2 cents worth

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Thanks guys for the help. Just some FYI behind my choice in struts. I love the stiff turns that a Z can give, and I do make it turn hard, and I really enjoy responsive suspensions. However, I go to UT at Austin, TX and their roads there are harsh. Not truck 4X4 harsh, but not exactly what I'm used to here in Houston. So I need something that can handle the tight turns, but won't shatter my brains when I hit a 2 bump at 35 mph. I installed the Energy Suspension bushings in the front and rear, and can tell a very happy difference in ride. The springs and bushings are about all I have done suspension wise. Well... I upped my 195/70/14 original wheels and tires to 205/60/15 Centerlines also. But thats about all the suspension FYI I guess. But please everyone keep giving me responses.

> Hi Elmo- I installed Tokico struts and
> Suspension Techniques springs. I also
> upgraded the sway bar bushings to urethane.
> Car has a nice snug ride, you
> will follow the contours of the road. This
> lowered the car close if not two inches once
> I went to 215 60's instead of the 195 70's.
> I admit that it is not very comfortable if
> you don't watch the bumps, but if you are
> going to drive beat up country roads, drive
> a pick-up. I autoX the car which is the root
> of all modifications, but I drive it daily
> to work 100 miles round trip. I don't mind
> the ride at all, you feel what the car is
> really capable of, and the Zcar is an
> awfully sweet ride!! Besides anyone who has
> ever driven 635 in Dallas will appreciate
> the quick response and good
> handling....these people drive crazy!!!

> My 2 cents worth

> Ken
 

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. I autoX the car which is the root
> of all modifications, but I drive it daily
> to work 100 miles round trip. I don't mind
> the ride at all, you feel what the car is
> really capable of, and the Zcar is an
> awfully sweet ride!! Besides anyone who has
> ever driven 635 in Dallas will appreciate
> the quick response and good
> handling....these people drive crazy!!!

> My 2 cents worth

Ken,
If you drive 635 each day why have a Z. You'd get there a lot faster on a bicycle!!! That road is just one big parking lot during the rush hours - and I do mean hours!! Bet your 2nd gear gets a lot of run time.
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Yeah it does!! First gear too!

> . I autoX the car which is the root

> Ken,
> If you drive 635 each day why have a Z.
> You'd get there a lot faster on a bicycle!!!
> That road is just one big parking lot during
> the rush hours - and I do mean hours!! Bet
> your 2nd gear gets a lot of run time.
> Phantom

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Elmo,
I am running Centerline Trident II, 2-piece aluminum mags. Centerline built them for my car giving me the bolt pattern and the 0 offset. They are 16x7 and I'm running 225/50-16's all the way around. Extremely slight interference in the rea on hard bumps or cornering. Could have avoided it with a 10mm offset that moved the center of the wheel toward the inside or by grinding about 1/16 off the inside lip of the fender well.
I'm also running on the Nissan European spec springs and KYB struts and have installed the Toyota 4x4 calipers on the front.
Externally, in addition to the paint, I have the Motorsport Auto Aero II Kit and the window frame mount mirrors.
Actually, I have a good set of photos of the car - just don't know how to get them in a form that I can post them on the net. This is all a new experience for me.
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Phantom, all,
I will scan your photos if needed. I won't charge anyone here, but I do ask that you send a SASE to return the photos with. E-mail me if interested.
Chris
> Actually, I have a good set of photos of the
> car - just don't know how to get them in a
> form that I can post them on the net. This
> is all a new experience for me.
> Phantom
 

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Re: Yeah it does!! First gear too!

> N/M
KEN AND PHANTOM,

I HAVE A 82ZX WITH A AUTO. TRANS IT IS WONDERFUL ON 635, PLUS I STILL GET THE PREFORMANCE OUT OF THE CAR, A 0 TO 60 TIME OF ABOUT 5.0 SECONDS.

LOVE MY ZX.

MD MIZE
 

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> Thanks guys for the help. Just some FYI
> behind my choice in struts. I love the stiff
> turns that a Z can give, and I do make it
> turn hard, and I really enjoy responsive
> suspensions. However, I go to UT at Austin,
> TX and their roads there are harsh. Not
> truck 4X4 harsh, but not exactly what I'm
> used to here in Houston. So I need something
> that can handle the tight turns, but won't
> shatter my brains when I hit a 2 bump
> at 35 mph. I installed the Energy Suspension
> bushings in the front and rear, and can tell
> a very happy difference in ride. The springs
> and bushings are about all I have done
> suspension wise. Well... I upped my
> 195/70/14 original wheels and tires to
> 205/60/15 Centerlines also. But thats about
> all the suspension FYI I guess. But please
> everyone keep giving me responses.
ELMO,

I HAVE A 82ZX N/T , I LIVE AND DRIVE IN THE D/FW AREA, AND THE ROADS UP HERE ARE NO BETTER THEN AUSTIN I KNOW THAT FOR A FACT , BECAUSE I GO DOWN TO AUSTIN ONCE OR TWICE A YEAR TO SEE FRIENDS AND TO GO TO LAKE TRAVIS, AND YOU KNOW HOW WINDING THE ROAD IS TO THAT LAKE CAN BE.
SO I WENT WITH EIBACH PROGRESSIVE SPRINGS, KYB SHOCKS,SUSPENSION TECHNIQUES SWAY BAR SET, URETHANE BUSHINGS AT THE LOWER CONTROL ARMS WITH CAMBER ADJUSTMENT FOR THE FRONT. THE RIDE IS FIRM, BUT NOT TO HARSH DO TO THE SPRINGS AND SHOCKS ALSO VERY LITTLE ASS SQUATING, BUT NOW HAS LESS BODY ROLL THANKS TO THE BIGGER SWAY BARS AND URETHANE END LINKS AND BUSHINGS.

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> Thanks guys for the help. Just some FYI
> behind my choice in struts. I love the stiff
> turns that a Z can give, and I do make it
> turn hard, and I really enjoy responsive
> suspensions. However, I go to UT at Austin,
> TX and their roads there are harsh. Not
> truck 4X4 harsh, but not exactly what I'm
> used to here in Houston. So I need something
> that can handle the tight turns, but won't
> shatter my brains when I hit a 2 bump
> at 35 mph. I installed the Energy Suspension
> bushings in the front and rear, and can tell
> a very happy difference in ride. The springs
> and bushings are about all I have done
> suspension wise. Well... I upped my
> 195/70/14 original wheels and tires to
> 205/60/15 Centerlines also. But thats about
> all the suspension FYI I guess. But please
> everyone keep giving me responses.
ELMO,

I HAVE A 82ZX N/T , I LIVE AND DRIVE IN THE D/FW AREA, AND THE ROADS UP HERE ARE NO BETTER THEN AUSTIN I KNOW THAT FOR A FACT , BECAUSE I GO DOWN TO AUSTIN ONCE OR TWICE A YEAR TO SEE FRIENDS AND TO GO TO LAKE TRAVIS, AND YOU KNOW HOW WINDING THE ROAD IS TO THAT LAKE CAN BE.
SO I WENT WITH EIBACH PROGRESSIVE SPRINGS, KYB SHOCKS,SUSPENSION TECHNIQUES SWAY BAR SET, URETHANE BUSHINGS AT THE LOWER CONTROL ARMS WITH CAMBER ADJUSTMENT KIT FOR THE FRONT. THE RIDE IS FIRM, BUT NOT TO HARSH DO TO THE SPRINGS AND SHOCKS ALSO VERY LITTLE ASS SQUATING, BUT NOW HAS LESS BODY ROLL THANKS TO THE BIGGER SWAY BARS AND URETHANE END LINKS AND BUSHINGS.

MD MIZE
 

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Re: Yeah it does!! First gear too!

> KEN AND PHANTOM,

> I HAVE A 82ZX WITH A AUTO. TRANS IT IS
> WONDERFUL ON 635, PLUS I STILL GET THE
> PREFORMANCE OUT OF THE CAR, A 0 TO 60 TIME
> OF ABOUT 5.0 SECONDS.

> LOVE MY ZX.

> MD MIZE

Hehe I m glad Im not on texas anymore
I use to live there Spring now I live in the mountains of calfornia and I can race my car up the mountain and it so fun
 

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> Time for some debate...
> Whats your preference and why:
> ELMO

Tokico struts.
Stock springs,
Urethane everywhere

79' zx 2+2
Setting the car up as a GT car.
I want it nimble in traffic but not
a kidney buster, cruise smooth and comfortable
at 100mph across I-40 for hours.
I'm there!

Regards, BobW
 
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