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i kinda bourght this up a wile ago but never really got a clear answer
who on the forum has lowered ther 200 just using lowering springs on oe dampers.
just want a bit of advice from experiance on it really like and side effect or how long befor my dampers are f**ked and could i do it myself?
 

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I have lowering springs on mine with oe dampers... the handling improves slightly, as far as i can tell there hasn't been any degredation in my dampers and i haven't known of anyone else complain of it happening...
 

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I wud personally say to fit new dampers with the springs... not necessarily performance ones but at least new OE ones.... I'm sure I saw some place that do bilstein shocks fairly cheap... can't remember tho...
 

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I fitted Avo on mine, id say tha handling didnt change much at all, but then again, i dont drive that hard.

Matched springs and dampers are always always better....

Most people dont give a monkeys about using springs on standard dampers....usually because you can pick a set up from a scrappy if anything brakes...no big deal like that way:)
 

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if i wanted to increase handling o na budget id just fit uprated dampers, if i wanted looks springs....or get a set of gmax shocks and springs which are well matched and fairly cheap.

andy
 

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Ive got P.I. springs on mine. Er, the handling is better, but tbh it hasnt lowered mine as much a it shud, supposed to be bout 40ml. But when parked next to another 200 lowered on 40ml on gmax springs and on 17's, my car sat higher, mines on 16's. Altho this mite have something to do with my engine being slightly lighter than this other guys 214.
 

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Mine is lowered 40mm with Gmax springs on OE dampers and has been like it for.... 1yr and 9months, 20,000mls. according to the reciept :)

Compared to my dads 214 on OE springs and shock's, myne dosnt ride the bumps aswell and you can feel everything through the wheel. I would say the handling has improved very slightly - less roll in the corners but not much less.

My dampers passed the MOT approx a month ago so, Hope that helps m8 :D
 

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handling is just awesome on mine with gmax springs ? - I love it, but then, i'd probably prefer it a lot more with uprated dampers too, anyone selling any for mine ? :)
 

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Mine seems to be no difference in ride really, everyone says when you lower it the ride becomes harsh...mine didnt...

And over speed bumps and things...its just over and no fuss, in other cars...its over and bang bang ow ow!
 

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i lowered mine just on springs (Eibachs) and it made a big difference to the handling.

I also ran koni's for a while and these turned the car into a proper little go-kart.
 

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Lowered mine 30000 miles ago with G-Max springs... big difference in hard cornering. Much better.

Dampers could be better but handles very well.

It is a pig to change the springs over. So it's down to how much money you got. If you are gonna spend the time and money, you might as well change both at the same time.
 

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Ive just lowered my rover 216sli yesterday on PI springs...are supposed to lower the car approximatly 35-40mm havent seen much in the way of lowering yet....but they usually take a few weeks to settle (or so im told?) Been out on a few test rides and the handling is much improved...altho my tyres tend to run on the sides a bit on hard cornering :rolleyes: Im not a big mechanic myself but handy with a spanner and found it quite easy to change the springs with some advice from a friend. Only specialist tools needed reli are spring compressers which arnt reli expenisve.
 

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PI springs will not lower as much as the Avo springs from my experience of guys with 200's that have had them.

Handling should improve, due to the CoG has been lowered.

Steve
 

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Phil_216sli_Mk3 said:
Ive just lowered my rover 216sli yesterday on PI springs...are supposed to lower the car approximatly 35-40mm havent seen much in the way of lowering yet....but they usually take a few weeks to settle (or so im told?) Been out on a few test rides and the handling is much improved...altho my tyres tend to run on the sides a bit on hard cornering :rolleyes: Im not a big mechanic myself but handy with a spanner and found it quite easy to change the springs with some advice from a friend. Only specialist tools needed reli are spring compressers which arnt reli expenisve.
Have you had the tracking checked yet?
You wanna be careful of tyre wear, it can be way out!

As a rule of thumb after lowering you get the tracking checked....its a free check usually then about 15-20 quid to be sorted - depending on the garage...


Then you go back in a few weeks, and check its still ok...which is free as its covered in their warranty from the first time.
 

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I used eibach springs and OE dampers and tbh honest its a bit pooh, its reduced the roll and pitch of the car but the dampers dont seem to cope and it feels a bit skitty, especially round the fen roads we have here, been in a 216 which had a set and felt a lot safer and controlled. GEt the matched shocks if you can affor them IMO.
 
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