My springs and shocks are pretty rooted so it's time for some new ones, looking at going a bit lower and stiffer, any recommendations for something that's fairly decent but not going to destroy the wallet?
King springs from @AshDVS seem very popular on the spring side. Not sure what is good and cheap ish in shocks.
Talk to Ash.
I had gut springs in myGT, swapped to DVS spec Kings through Ash and the difference was night and day.....sooooo much more comfortable and an extra 10-15 kmh on the same corner.
Best bang for buck mod I have done.
Shocks.....again talk to Ash, he knows his stuff. I want Bilstiens in mine eventually when I have the cash...but good shocks will never be cheap. Budget $1500 for something worth using for a set of four.
While you are there, also hit Ash up for some poly bushes. I had a long and detailed chat with him on the subject, took his advice, and have never regretted it.
Using poly on the rear bush for the front control arms, on the sway bar end links, and on the torque rods at the rear. That one makes a big difference.
The rear lower control arms I will probably put poly inone end of at a later date.
t poly everything. Mix of poly and rubber is good. And if you are replacing rubber USE OEM STUFF NOT SCANTECH RUBBISH!!!
cheers guys, looks like ill be going new stock shocks and kings for the moment, i've had others saying kings are rubbish and avoid at all costs but seems like most people here have no real problems
I like using American sourced bilstiens for cost but the reviews for hds vs b6s for rears seem to not be good on a 240. Can be sourced for under $700 for shocks with current exchange rate. Dvs Springs are the only option in Australia though.
What combination is best is really based on what you plan to do with the car.
If its purpose is a good road car that you want to revitalise and get handing better, you can spend less on shocks.
If you plan on doing some track work or have a favorite piece of road that you just love to drive regularly in a more 'spirited' fashion, then you might spend a little more.
If you're doing lots if track work, you'll likely spend more again, but youll then be spending more on decent tyres, running larger spring rates, etc, etc.
So.... whatcha going to do with it?
the plan was to make it a nice road car, i have bikes to ride when im really having a decent drive so this was mostly coming about as the front shocks are rooted and i figured i may as well replace them and the sagging rear springs with something nicer
at least that was the plan till i got myself run into this morning...
in any case ill continue making my parts list, we shall rebuild harder, better, faster and stronger
Generally King Springs are pretty good.
30mm lowering front and rear, with about a 30% ish increase in spring rate. With these rates, normal oem type shock absorbers can control them adequately and fairly happily. Avoid Monroes in the rear once lowered, even the GT Gas ones seemingly get rattle-ey fairly quickly in a 240 with reduced ride height.
If you're going for something more aggressive, we do our own front spring which will provide a 40mm drop (some people, depending on what strut insert, see a little more than that) and more rate. (250lbs for ours vs the King spring at 165lbs)
With this sort of spring, we're getting toward the limit of what an oem type shock will be happy with, but you can still use one.
Our spring works well with the King Springs rear and this is a fairly common solution.
I personally think that the Bilstein B6 works great with our spring in the front and while a B6 would be nice in the back too, you can get away happily with a Bilstein B4 or a Sachs or a KYB or similar shock absorber
Of course, the Koni Sport Adjustable is a great option as an alternative to the Bilstein B6.