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i could tell you that if you have the SEL 17inch rims and your Fusion is lowered....it looks really nice....i will try to get the pic..oh dont even try to lower on stock 16inch rims...i had them....not a good combo (lowered/16inch rims) :shock:
 

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it looks clean and you dont have to worry about the ride quality since you are staying with the same tires and those michelins have a nice side wall to cover up most of the bumps on the road unlike my 20 inch rims...
 

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No question, this car looks awesome but if one lowers the car, how can the ride quality not be affected. Suspension travel has been shortened. If one drives an automobile with shortened suspension travel down a rough road, would it not be expected to bottom the travel out sooner? If stiffer springs have been added to counter this, wouldn’t the car ride rougher over the light bumps as well as the heavy bumps?
I don’t know but where I live, the roads are really poorly maintained. We give them lots of money for upkeep and nothing is done. All our elected officials can say is give us more money so, I will have to leave my suspension alone or my car will get trashed in a hurry.

This Car really looks good! :rhigareda:
 

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well i simply used the eibach springs and used them with my stock 16inch tires and the handling was more responsive but quality wise...over bumps and all the bad stuff on the road i didnt even notice it was droped....but WHEN I GOT THE 20's...uhh different story!!!.....but i will not change them if i had the choice...they look way better ... :lol: and at 19....cool is better 8)...got any pictures of your fusion? i took this one 10 minutes ago....
 

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H&R springs on 16in stockers-

yummy delicious negative camber-

rear wheel gap after-
 

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[quote author=BlackShadow link=topic=46178.msg751047#msg751047 date=1149353316]
it looks clean and you dont have to worry about the ride quality since you are staying with the same tires and those michelins have a nice side wall to cover up most of the bumps on the road unlike my 20 inch rims...

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Black shadow?
HAHA was that pic taken on the corner of Imperial and Firestone?
 

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[quote author=Cross Bolt link=topic=46178.msg751105#msg751105 date=1149356008]
No question, this car looks awesome but if one lowers the car, how can the ride quality not be affected. Suspension travel has been shortened. If one drives an automobile with shortened suspension travel down a rough road, would it not be expected to bottom the travel out sooner? If stiffer springs have been added to counter this, wouldn’t the car ride rougher over the light bumps as well as the heavy bumps?
I don’t know but where I live, the roads are really poorly maintained. We give them lots of money for upkeep and nothing is done. All our elected officials can say is give us more money so, I will have to leave my suspension alone or my car will get trashed in a hurry.

This Car really looks good! :rhigareda:

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Agreed, ride quality must be affected. When I first did my Eibach's on my 6 I thought the ride hadn't changed other than to be flatter in cornering, but slowly I realized it really had gotten much harder - you just get used to it so quick you don't notice until you take them out.
 

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hey im thinking of dropping my fusion. and im wondering what the best springs are? i want a nice looking drop with good handling and ride quality.
 

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You have three choices...

H&R -- My pick
Eibach -- Common pick
Intrax -- Nobody has them yet
 

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I think I'll order a set of H&R's soon.  I've only recently started to notice the excessive lean in tight cornering situations and the floaty ride / pitching at times.  Plus, I love the looks of a lowered Fusion. 
 

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I got the Eibach's. I had tried to order Sprint's 1.7 front and back kit, but no go they aren't on the market yet due to production problems. I like how easy the rear springs were to put on on took 30 min. for both sides. Front's were pretty easy too, i think the hardest part was pulling the dust boot over the strut after I had it all back together on the bench. I was kinda worried when I was done cuz the back was squatting way bad-much lower than the front. But the 4 wheel align. took care of that.
 

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why would an alignment raise or lower the ride height? am i missing something here? doesn't the spring and the spring only control how high or low the car sits? an alignment just adjusts the wheels and steering I thought.
 

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The rear suspension has a huge parasitic rate in the bushings. If you don't torque the control arm bushings with the car at normal ride height, they will either prop up or pull down the suspension. If the toe is way out it can actually jack the car up as well. 1 degree of toe out (that's a lot by the way), will jack the car up about 10mm. When you align the car, you automatically neutralize at least the inner control arm bushing, but make sure you neutralize the outer one as well.


In fact with any significant lowering, you should really neutralize all the bushings, since the lowered position winds up the bushings, making them non-linear and will increase their wear. All you need to do is loosen each bolt about 1/2 a turn, then torque them back to specification while the car is sitting on its wheels.

The front is affected as well. I did a test which found that tightening the lower shock bolt to the control arm while the car is in the air will actually raise the front of the car by 2-3mm compared with tightening it at curb position.
 

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looking good Black Shadow and Showtime. My V6 SE is lowered 1.6" and has the same wheels as Showtime's. As soon as I get it cleaned up good enough I will get a picture on here.
 

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As far as ride, over harsh bumps its a little more stiff but I really dont care, I have a certain look in mind and I dont mind giving up ride quality to achieve it.
 

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[quote author=john021502 link=topic=46178.msg1101316#msg1101316 date=1165472692]
if i get this kit will it give me a negative camber, and if so will an allignment fix this problem????
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Yes and Yes.
 
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