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 Post subject: Anyone interested in custom made lowering springs?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2015 1:52 pm 
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No company makes lowering springs for the Spark EV, and the ICE Spark springs may not hold the additional weight. A cursory look on Google shows a few custom coil spring makers, I'm wondering if anyone else would be interested in a group buy?

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone interested in custom made lowering springs?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2015 2:17 pm 
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I'd be in for at least one set. I have a set of stock Spark EV springs dismounted that I can lend for measurements if necessary.

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone interested in custom made lowering springs?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:18 pm 
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Nashco wrote:
I'd be in for at least one set. I have a set of stock Spark EV springs dismounted that I can lend for measurements if necessary.

Bryce


Bryce, totally would take up your offer. Let's see how many more are interested and we'll go from there.

What would be your ideal lowering height? By an inch? Two inches?

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone interested in custom made lowering springs?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2015 6:51 am 
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I'm definitely interested!

But put me on the wait and see:
How does this work with 195-205 and wider tire/wheel combos?
Is there a bolt on rear and/or front sway bar kit for this car, and is it needed?
Any estimates on price for a small production run?

Thanks guys for pursuing this mod !!

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone interested in custom made lowering springs?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2015 10:19 am 
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If there is anything this car needs DESPERATELY it's good shocks and springs.


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 Post subject: Re: Anyone interested in custom made lowering springs?
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nozferatu wrote:
If there is anything this car needs DESPERATELY it's good shocks and springs.



Why?

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone interested in custom made lowering springs?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2015 11:20 am 
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nikwax wrote:
nozferatu wrote:
If there is anything this car needs DESPERATELY it's good shocks and springs.



Why?


Why? Because the car's suspension and shocks are awful. The car floats dangerously at higher speeds, it bounces around like a Cadillac. And a decent suspension system is critical not only to handling but also traction and laying down power.

If you want to cruise around in the Spark casually, it's fine. It's oriented towards comfort. But anything beyond that it's darn right dangerous. This is coming from a Fiat 500 Sport and GTI owner.


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 Post subject: Re: Anyone interested in custom made lowering springs?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2015 7:06 pm 
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nikwax wrote:
nozferatu wrote:
If there is anything this car needs DESPERATELY it's good shocks and springs.



Why?


Because this car dives and squats horribly. It's not my Volt horrible but it's close. The chassis is stiff enough but the suspension can't keep up. Good tires help quite a bit, but I would be more than happy to spend some money on good set of matched springs & shocks while lowering the car a bit.

I see 3-4 people interested so far, that's a good start. I'll be looking for custom-made shock supplier too. LMK if you like to be involved in the process - I would love to have your help.

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone interested in custom made lowering springs?
PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2015 5:54 am 
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"LMK" ???

I haven't been following what Bryce has done to his car lately but he races autocross and hill climbs in this little EV hot rod.

He should be the leader of this pack !!
What other mods should go with the lowering springs? (I added a bolt-on rear anti-sway bar to my '10 Prius. That and wider wheels and stickier tires totally transformed it !!!)

I'm for turning mine into a stiffly sprung autocrosser. Comfort it nice. But I'd rather have fun.
I do know lowering it too much without changing the bump stops / up limits will make you have to tip-toe around normal bumps, dips and ramps. You have 1-2" less suspension up travel.

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone interested in custom made lowering springs?
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nozferatu wrote:
nikwax wrote:
nozferatu wrote:
If there is anything this car needs DESPERATELY it's good shocks and springs.



Why?


Why? Because the car's suspension and shocks are awful. The car floats dangerously at higher speeds, it bounces around like a Cadillac. And a decent suspension system is critical not only to handling but also traction and laying down power.

If you want to cruise around in the Spark casually, it's fine. It's oriented towards comfort. But anything beyond that it's darn right dangerous. This is coming from a Fiat 500 Sport and GTI owner.



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