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I Just finished installing the Hotchkis springs, I have to say they ride better or as good as stock.

The only time when I notice a difference is when I hit a huge bump in the road they hit pretty hard, nice drop not to drastic is exactly what I need for the roads here around WV.

Just for a heads up when you install them you will get only 2 bump stops with the springs........well they came in the same box as the front springs so I assumed that is where they went so I installed them on the front strut on the drivers side, went to do the driver rear and opened the box and no more bump stops, called Hotchkis and they said there should only be 2 that goto the rear struts and now you are supposed to use the bump stops only on the rear, because the bump stops were making the ride on the front hard and blowin struts.

Also if you use the online instructions for installing the springs it will tell you to put the bump stops on the front " DON'T "!! Use the instructions that come with the springs, I was told by Hotchkis that the website instructions were not updated as of yesterday.
 

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I'm trying to decide between the Hotchkis and the Mopar Stage 1s... only thing I'm worried about are my struts. How long do you think your struts are going to last with the Hotchkis?

I love the drop you get with the Hotchkis though.
 

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The D Man said:
I'm trying to decide between the Hotchkis and the Mopar Stage 1s... only thing I'm worried about are my struts. How long do you think your struts are going to last with the Hotchkis?

I love the drop you get with the Hotchkis though.
Gimp on here has an 04 with the Hotchkis for at least a year and he Autox's with them. Maybe you can ask him how they are holding up.
 

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I was just crawling around on my suspension the other day. No sign that the struts are blown, but I'm sure their life has been reduced.
 

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how do they handle? i just ordered the swaybar spring package from hotchkis and was trying to get an idea what im in for.
 

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black4 said:
how do they handle? i just ordered the swaybar spring package from hotchkis and was trying to get an idea what im in for.
Haven't used them on the track yet but on the twisty's here handle very well.
 

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I had my spring/sway combo for almost 2 yrs. Struts are fine, the only thing that I just got is a front wheel bearing going bad. The drop I got is Bad Ass. Other than that it is an awesome ride, stiffer, but nice! make sure that you keep the stock bump stops, don't used the one that comes with the spring kit.
 

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woltegsrt4 said:
I had my spring/sway combo for almost 2 yrs. Struts are fine, the only thing that I just got is a front wheel bearing going bad. The drop I got is Bad Ass. Other than that it is an awesome ride, stiffer, but nice! make sure that you keep the stock bump stops, don't used the one that comes with the spring kit.
Talking to Hotchkis they said don't use them on the front but the rear were ok.
 

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pphilps said:
I really like mine! Though I just put them on... then realized that my other rims won't fit (they are bigger then stock) so I need to get coilovers..... I am going to have to sell them soon..... I really like them though! The drop is awesome!
Please PM me when you go to sell them, I am in the market for some springs.
 

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I loved my hotchkis springs. They gave the car a great stance and ride height and they eliminated body roll. Just watch out for potholes though, they'll knock a filling out if you're not careful. :rofl:
 

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Love me some hotchkiss

Hate to blather on about my hotchkiss springs & sways but wow! I haven't experienced any of the other spring & sway's so I have nothing to compare to. But I would not hesitate to say You would be hard pressed at least for the price to do better. Best upgrade I've done so far. I will be running regularly out at Willow Springs raceway so far with just that change I picked up 7 seconds a lap Wow! Next up softer shoes and a little more front camber. Will know more aug. 4.
 

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IE Speed said:
Hate to blather on about my hotchkiss springs & sways but wow! I haven't experienced any of the other spring & sway's so I have nothing to compare to. But I would not hesitate to say You would be hard pressed at least for the price to do better. Best upgrade I've done so far. I will be running regularly out at Willow Springs raceway so far with just that change I picked up 7 seconds a lap Wow! Next up softer shoes and a little more front camber. Will know more aug. 4.
run one for me bro i always wanted to try that track.:clap:
 

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I've had my Hotchkis springs installed for almost a month now... here's my input:
-I rub ALOT.. enough to where my inner fender is looking like shit
-It rides just as good or better then stock
-Handling is no different... possibly a little worse
-The stance of the car is perfect.. not too low/high
-Great spring for $150 shipped

I love how my car looks now. I'm more than likely rubbing alot because I'm on 19's and 225/35 tires. But I had to do it all over again, I would've gone with Mopar Stage 1 springs FTW
 

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I personally like the drop on the hotchkis, over the other springs, and the ride was not to bad, with a benefit in handling over stock. However they blew my struts within 4-6k miles (with the stock bumpstops).
 

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strut life

I had 39k on my car when I changed to the hotchkiss tvs system. I'm now pushing 45k with no ill effects on stock struts. It's my daily driver and it's been to two open track events. Going out again in aug. I believe if You don't bottom the car out to often that strut life should not be effected to badly.
 

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I didn't. I also did not have a camber kit. My car drove straight even with no hands on the steering wheel and my tires had no abnormal wear at all over a year and a half of driving. If you can get an alignment, it's recommended, but I was fine without. I think it's because the drop is very mild compared to other lowering springs.
 

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well guys i finally got them on and all i have to say is wow. they more then meet my expectations my only gripe is i whish the rebound was a little more forgiving but other then that awesome. one more thing you think with a drop you would scrape more but it was the exact opposite on mine.:clap:
 
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