I recently purchased a 93 ls sedan. I looking to get 18" wheels. Can I drop the car with 18" wheels, would it even need a drop? On my old 93 L Sedan I had 17"s and it had a small gap. If I do need to drop It I'm considering getting coil overs. does anyone out there have coil overs? If so how good are they? lastly If I do go with the 18"s, will they rub at all with or without a drop?
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to avoid rubbing, you need to make sure the wheels you get are the following:
MINIMUM of +42 offset. +45 and above is higher (This is on a 7.5" wide wheel.) If you go wider than that, you need the offset to be closer to +51, like Fut (18 x 8, +51 offset). Stock offset for the Legend is +65....most aftermarket wheels are in the low 40's to high 30's
Sedans have smaller wheelwells than coupes, so stick with a 215/40 to 225/40 size tire
If you do lower it, I highly suggest GC Coilovers for Maximum flexibility...other than that, go for H + R and Koni's
I have a '95 sedan and I have 215/40/18"s dropped with H&R springs and Koni shocks. The drop is about 1.5". I got the springs from autodynamic.com for $218 each (cheapest I found anywhere!) and the Koni's from shox.com for $504 each (also the cheapest I found). My wheels tuck nicely too, I believe my offset is about +42. I am very happy with this setup, the ride is like stock and it handles great! I would definately recommend this setup to anyone with a legend.
if u'r in NYC, i suggest you get the coilovers. especially in the bronx. cops at the 52 house are very strict about negative camber and ride height.
here's the vehicle as it was stated to me by one of the cops that pulled me over:
the top of the headlight cannot be more less than 22inches off the ground. the car has to be at least 5 inches off the ground. he also told me that the way they spot these possible infractions is the negative camber on the cars.
if you don't go coilovers, i'd go with eibach sportline and koni shocks with the springs on the lower perch in the front and the middle perch in the rear. this will give you a slight drop and will fill the 2 finger gap with u'r 18's.
if you want to go extreme, get jrock's rsr springs (if he's still got em) and set them on the lowest perch all around. this will give you the slammed effect.
Ainzpride has the right idea. Maaaannn I feel bad for you guys in NYC Bronx). I can't believe they are shacking you all down for a lowered cars, camber, and low pointing head lights. You all have some real crime fighter in NYC (Bronx).
thai, i think the modena clears the ground by 4.5-5 inches. the drop is similar to the corvette which clears by 5". also, if anyone was driving a ferrari in the bronx, i'm sure they'd get pulled over for something other than traffic infractions (i.e. drug dealer) =)
also, any time you lower the car from stock height, it'll give some negative camber. as to how much? i think it depends on the car. for some reason, another friend of mine with the same car, same suspension setup has more negative camber than i do.
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Originally posted by Leon Millette to avoid rubbing, you need to make sure the wheels you get are the following:
MINIMUM of +42 offset. +45 and above is higher (This is on a 7.5" wide wheel.) If you go wider than that, you need the offset to be closer to +51, like Fut (18 x 8, +51 offset).
Actually my rims (two sets of BBS RSIIs, one set chrome the other silver w/polished lips) are 18x8.5 +48 offset. I'm rollin' on Eibach springs w/Koni shocks, no rubbing, no complaints, plenty of compliments. Check tha sig!!!
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