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 Post subject: Lowering 97 EL Fairmont
Posted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 3:38 pm 
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Hey guys,

I want to lower my fairmont, what I was wondering is do I need replace the struts if I go for super lows? And should I go for super lows or??
Any advice would be good :)
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 Post subject: Re: Lowering 97 EL Fairmont
Posted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 4:19 pm 
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its good to replace the struts, cos u dnt know when they mite stuff up, superlows are fine but speed bumps can be anoying, just drive carefully

 

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 Post subject: Re: Lowering 97 EL Fairmont
Posted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:09 am 
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And will I have massive problems with driveways and servos etc? I've seen a few cars (I think on ultra lows) that just hit everything.
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 Post subject: Re: Lowering 97 EL Fairmont
Posted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:38 am 
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My old ef was on ultras, if u take it slow and go on an angle drive ways etc are not a problem

 

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 Post subject: Re: Lowering 97 EL Fairmont
Posted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 5:02 pm 
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id go super lows, they look nicer and the camber isn't to much of an issue compared to ultras 100% you need a camber kit. i would also put new struts/shocks in because the car is 14 years old and id say over 200,000kms on them. when i put new ones in my ef it felt like a new car

 

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 Post subject: Re: Lowering 97 EL Fairmont
Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 9:40 am 
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Also is going superlows still legal?
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 Post subject: Re: Lowering 97 EL Fairmont
Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 9:46 am 
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Yes still legal

 

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 Post subject: Re: Lowering 97 EL Fairmont
Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 11:44 am 
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Thanks for the help guys :)
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 Post subject: Re: Lowering 97 EL Fairmont
Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 5:19 pm 
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ef_falcon_95 wrote:
Yes still legal


That is debatable. My car with super low rears sat lower than the legal limit...was sitting at about 90mm with a full tank of petrol and 2 people in the rear. Got lows and it now sits with full tank of petrol with 3 people at 100mm ish...speed bumps are a pain in the a*** at full load.

However when towing, it sits at 90mm with boot full off gear and 1 passenger in the rear.

So if you go super low, you may get done for too low when you have a back seat of passengers and a full tank of petrol.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Lowering 97 EL Fairmont
Posted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 1:34 pm 
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I'm on superlows rear and lows at the front and sitting on 20s and it is annoyingly low. With a full car it sits about 10-20mm off the bumpstops at the rear and makes for quite a rough ride. i've got short stiff struts too. Speed humps are dangerous at the best of times and a complete write-off if youve got a car load. You need to plan your route around speed humps and rough sections according to how may people youve got in the car. It all depends on what you can cope with. Personally, I DONT like being heaps low for practicality purposes. But it looks FU*KEN SEXY!!

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 Post subject: Re: Lowering 97 EL Fairmont
Posted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 1:52 pm 
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phongus wrote:
ef_falcon_95 wrote:
Yes still legal


That is debatable. My car with super low rears sat lower than the legal limit...was sitting at about 90mm with a full tank of petrol and 2 people in the rear. Got lows and it now sits with full tank of petrol with 3 people at 100mm ish...speed bumps are a pain in the a*** at full load.

However when towing, it sits at 90mm with boot full off gear and 1 passenger in the rear.

So if you go super low, you may get done for too low when you have a back seat of passengers and a full tank of petrol.



I just assumed it was legal cos it doesnt look crazy low and I never got hassled by cops

 

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 Post subject: Re: Lowering 97 EL Fairmont
Posted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 1:56 pm 
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ef_falcon_95 wrote:
phongus wrote:
ef_falcon_95 wrote:
Yes still legal


That is debatable. My car with super low rears sat lower than the legal limit...was sitting at about 90mm with a full tank of petrol and 2 people in the rear. Got lows and it now sits with full tank of petrol with 3 people at 100mm ish...speed bumps are a pain in the a*** at full load.

However when towing, it sits at 90mm with boot full off gear and 1 passenger in the rear.

So if you go super low, you may get done for too low when you have a back seat of passengers and a full tank of petrol.



I just assumed it was legal cos it doesnt look crazy low and I never got hassled by cops


It depends on the car. Some people have a gas tank or a large sound system which weighs the back down further than it should. Just on my car it sits too low, so I opt for low all round. Drove with super lows for a week or two...speed humps and drive ways were nightmares.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Lowering 97 EL Fairmont
Posted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 2:06 pm 
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Mine might also not sit as low cos I have standard size shocks

 

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 Post subject: Re: Lowering 97 EL Fairmont
Posted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 8:47 am 
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So if I go super lows it sounds like im going to get problems.. So you guys would recommend just going with lows? How much will that lower my car? I just don't want to spend the money on superlows an find it's useless and I can't drive her much.
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 Post subject: Re: Lowering 97 EL Fairmont
Posted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 8:52 am 
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Anyone have pictures of an EL on superlows and another EL on lows?
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