Topic: Dropping the cavy?

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  • chevytuner’s Profile Photo
    Jul 7, 2008 at 11:41 pm
    Hey im kinda new to the tuner world and i need some help. I own a 1997 Chevy Cavalier and im looking to lower it to the ground. What are all the steps i need to take in order to get it down there? and what would be a decent sized (not oversized) rim to put under it and what steps do i need to do that. Thanks to all that reply


  • Smus’s Profile Photo
    Jul 17, 2008 at 10:44 pm
    Well, since this is the first time that I've stumbled on the forums, and you asked a question that I can answer, I'll give it a shot.

    I owned a 01 Sunfire, mechanically exactly the same as the Cavi, so I remember much of what is needed.

    Let me just get this out of the way right now, if you have not joined, I would recommend you do that soon, they have lots of knowlege there for you to use.

    Now, to answer your question, there are a two ways you can lower your car.
    1. Lowering Springs
    2. Coil-over Kit

    The first thing you need to know is that if you're going to be lowering the car, you're going to need to change your shocks, thats first and foremost the most important thing you need to do. Not only do the stock shocks not take to kindly to being lowered, but you'll get much better performance out of an aftermarket shock. Koni has great shocks that are used very often with jbodies.

    Lowering springs will lower your car a certian ammount, around 1.5" or so. They are much cheaper than a full coil-over system, but they also do not allow any sort of change in ride height, so you're stuck lowered X inches.

    Coil-Over kits especially Ground Control and Koni dampers are a tried and true method for custom ride height coil-overs for a J like yours.

    Now, you can run lowering springs on your shock dampers, but you'll eventually blow them, and have to replace them anyways. Expect to pay anywhere from between $600-$1000 for replacing springs and dampers (lowering springs themselves will only cost you about $200)

    Hope that answered your question, and really check out, they helped me out a lot when I first started out and I learned a lot.


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