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Old 28-06-12, 22:30   #1
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What springs to get

Hey all


I'm after some pics of peoples VL's with different height springs so i can decide what ones i should get for mine.



That's an old photo of it, pretty sure they're standard height.
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Old 28-06-12, 23:16   #2
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I have Kings Super Low in the Front, and Ultra Low in the back.

Sits about 5mm higher in the rear.



Check my thread if you want to know suspension specs.
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Old 29-06-12, 16:22   #3
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good thread idea. however i think theres a few of these around. someone should sticky the threads.

should mention clear side on pics please. artistic angles etc don't really help in a thread like this

Standard front kings super lows rear


superlow king springs on 15 x 6"s and 205 65's


same deal on 17x8"s +35 offset


same deal 15 x 8.5 sits really well on 15"s


fe2 on 15 x 6" calais rims. might sit a tad higher on the rear as it had stationwagon heavy duty shocks (towing)



---------- Post added 29-06-12 at 16:34 ----------

the vl sits about 10-20mm too low even on 17"s with the dump pipe. the fe2 was well above legal but non turbo

---------- Post added 29-06-12 at 17:01 ----------

king springs ultralows (reportedly with subs in boot weighing down rear) -



King Springs SuperLows
KYB Excel-G Shortened Shocks
Nolathane Bearing Plates
rims appear to be 17 or 18" vz ss.
I'd guess 17"

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Old 29-06-12, 17:48   #4
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Cheers for the photos, what do you reckon would look good with VYSS 18's but be able to travel on dirt roads, tow trailers and have a full carload of people without any scrubbing or anything?
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Old 29-06-12, 18:37   #5
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towing / full carload / 2" larger than any stock wheel and no scrubbing? you need to jack that thing up.

but seriously if you want the above you don't want low. you will be making a serious trade-off. I'd stick with fe2 or low for you. Maybe superlow if they are well maintained dirt roads. and you really want to push it. lets just say you won't pull a loaded trailer on a dirt road with potholes and you wont drive dirt roads with superlows at speed.
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Old 01-07-12, 22:06   #6
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Id just go lowered king springs, with maybe heavy duty ones in the back fot eh towing, or just not lower it at all....
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kingsprings ultralows

but yeah obviously not gonna be any good for what you want, id say dont lower it or maybe fe2 ?
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Old 02-07-12, 00:46   #8
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Sorry I probably should have said, when I tow I usually put the old 15" VR Clubby rims on. With stock springs, rolled guards and an adjustable pan-hard rod it still scrubs over big bumps.

So I wouldn't be using the 18's for towing just the 15's. I only ever tow a single axle trailer with 2 motorbikes on it.

King Spring Lows sound good with heavy duty ones in the back, but could i go lower or would that be pushing it?[COLOR="Silver"]

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There's a better photo of the current height which I assume is just the standard springs.

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Old 02-07-12, 09:33   #9
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re - what springs to get

I've found for the best ride & handling, the FE2 king springs (30mm lower than standard) are the best ones to get.
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Old 03-07-12, 17:09   #10
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Cheers mate, I think I will look into the FE2's, what shocks does everyone recommend?
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Old 03-07-12, 20:06   #11
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Monroe are the cheapest id say, but depends how much money you have, or willing to spend? ..
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could go some pump up shocks at the rear, when towing pump them right up.
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pump up for towing are good. pretty well proven products. y dad has been using them since the 80's

what do the bikes weigh? sounds like you could get away with almost superlow tbh but coupling towing a trailer and getting into areas where you would use dirt bikes probably means fe2 would be best (i' imagining ripped up country tracks more suited to 4wd's)

i just use monroe's but bilstien would be the best going around if i had unlimited cash
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Old 19-07-12, 13:54   #14
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It's only a small trailer and the bikes weigh **** all, roads aren't too bad either, just need to take it easy.

I got a speeding fine the other day for $280, they got me on a downhill going from a 80 zone into a 70 zone at 6am one morning, pricks! so that's set me back a bit, but I've decided to fix up the paint in the areas it's fading so might have to put off the springs for a bit!

When I do them I'm still leaning towards the fe2's with heavy duty in the back as I do tow quite often, and the Monroe GT shockers.

Cheers for all the input guys.
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Old 19-07-12, 18:00   #15
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From what I have read on here the KYB shocks seem to have a better reputation than Monroes. Do a search and see what you think. They arent much more expensive either.
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super extra custom low
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Old 19-07-12, 21:43   #17
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do the springs you will love em. i should have done mine quicker on my calais.
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Old 20-07-12, 16:22   #18
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Yeah, I drove my old man to get some dinner the other night, he's like wow, this car has horrible suspension, anyway he said he would pay for new springs and shockers. So looks like i'll be doing the suspension!

My mate works at repco and can get me discounted stuff from there so i think ill go for front+rear fe2 king springs, and either monroe or the KYB shocks.

Does anyone know how much springs+shocks cost?
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Old 20-07-12, 20:50   #19
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i got quoted $580 for a set of front superlow springs, ultralow rear srpings, and lowered monroe shocks all round. This was at trade price but. There a kits all over ebay from around 6-700
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King Springs SuperLows
KYB Excel-G Shortened Shocks
Nolathane Bearing Plates
rims appear to be 17 or 18" vz ss.
I'd guess 17"

Yeah they're 17" VZ SS wheels from the ute
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