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MARCT
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MARCT Jun 6, 8:25am - #193060 
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do i need new shocks when dropping?

or can i just do it with some springs? and is this something i can do myself?
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MptGlw69 Jun 6, 8:45am - #193061 
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Shocks/struts are pretty much a MUST when changing ur springs. Also, depending on your drop, you might need a camber kit. Usually if it's lower then 2" you should get one.

And I would recommend getting it profesionally done.
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ToiletPaper Jun 6, 4:01pm - #193062 
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yup. you will need to change your shocks.
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eric11183 Jun 6, 4:02pm - #193063 
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i put dropzone springs on mine, i did need a camber kit, but i left the stock shocks on, rides just as good as it did before, maybe a little bit bumpier. me and my friend did it in one night, pretty easy.
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Krayze Jun 6, 9:02pm - #193064 

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^^^your shocks are prolly blown and in major need of replacing

even with TRD you will need struts in about a year maybe 2 if you don't drive much.

why pay for 2 installs or do 2 yoruself. jstu do it right the first time

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Sara Jun 7, 12:48pm - #193065 

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I bought the TRD suspension package.
shocks/struts and Springs.


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expinch Jun 7, 7:00pm - #193066 
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If using Tanabe Springs (exactly 2 inches) do I need a camber kit for the front of the back? I tried to order some and they asked me that and I had no idea.
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slidr Jun 7, 7:05pm - #193067 

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Originally Posted by Krayze
^^^your shocks are prolly blown and in major need of replacing

even with TRD you will need struts in about a year maybe 2 if you don't drive much.

why pay for 2 installs or do 2 yoruself. jstu do it right the first time
We don't have shocks, but rather struts (almost identical). You won't need a camber kit either, it's just another thing they want you to buy. A shop should be able to align the suspension without a camber kit.

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GTS2003BLK Jun 7, 7:12pm - #193068 

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If youre just going for looks springs alone are fine, if youre concerned about handling as well then upgrade springs and struts.

Don't just take my word for it, check these links by people who know allot more about suspension systems than I do.

http://www.koni.com/_cars/frame.html

"The use of lowering springs requires special damping characteristics: the mere application of stiffer springs together with ordinary shock absorbers often has a negative impact on road-holding and comfort, and may even lead to dangerous situations."

And this from SportCompactCar's site about their 2K Project Celica: http://www.sportcompactcarweb.com/projectcars/0106scc_projcelica/

"We accomplished our goal of good looks with a set of Progress springs, but without stiffer shocks, we could do nothing about the lack of damping. Riding lowered on the stock shocks, the car felt slightly disconnected--like it was hovering a few inches above the ground. All too frequently, however, our hovercar would seem to scrape the ground as it crashed into the bumpstops. Despite rear springs that were proportionally stiffer than the fronts, the car seemed to lose its playful handling with the lower springs as well. This is, unfortunately, pretty normal for a car with lowering springs.

and finally this:
https://www.celicahobby.com/ubbthreads/thread.f_253784_0_collapsed_5__1.html

Sure, coil-overs would be best, but they will cost you between $1200. and $1400.

Unless your an experienced mechanic with access to lots of tools (especially a spring compressor) I don't think you want to try putting springs in yourself.
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