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Old 03-15-2011, 12:16 PM   #1
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I have koni yellow ground control, eibach springs, and top hats on my 95 hatch, it's a major improvement from the stock ****, but what else can I do to it to get the smoothest ride possible? I was thinking about getting a skunk 2 camper kit, but that wouldn't really help with the smoothness. I lowered it 2 inches, I'm not tryna be Mr. Super Slammed, I just want the best ride out of my hatch.
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Camber kits wont to **** for ride quality.
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I have koni yellow ground control, eibach springs, and top hats on my 95 hatch, it's a major improvement from the stock ****, but what else can I do to it to get the smoothest ride possible? I was thinking about getting a skunk 2 camper kit, but that wouldn't really help with the smoothness. I lowered it 2 inches, I'm not tryna be Mr. Super Slammed, I just want the best ride out of my hatch.
You dont need a camber kit, if you got money burning a hole in your pocket then I guess you could throw it away on a camber kit.
For ride quality, I am absolutely amazed and happy with the ride, function and price of my OEM ITR springs/struts on my 92 EH3. Lowered the stock height between 1-1.25" and maintained the factory ride. It's definitely not the best suspension out there, but it suits my mods, driving style and taste.
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Get Progess, Gold line, or Tein springs.
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Perhaps your bushings are all worn out. A master bushing kit and a solid alignment will make your car precise and smooth.

What spring rates are you running?
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generally, the more you move towards performance handling, the further away you go from ride quality and comfort. A civic can have very impressive handling for what it is. But the ride is going to suck. Plain and simple. Some say sway bars and other bars help, maybe a little, but its mostly bogus. I say either go all out with stiff springs or stock. nice choice on koni/GC by the way. I love mine, amazing quality.
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extended top hats would help too. i put them on mine with eibachs and kyb agxs, after years of factor mounts, and was surprised it actually rode better.
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extended top hats would help too. i put them on mine with eibachs and kyb agxs, after years of factor mounts, and was surprised it actually rode better.
Top hats have 0 effect on the way your car rides. Not unless you're accustomed to riding on your bumpstops.
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Perhaps your bushings are all worn out. A master bushing kit and a solid alignment will make your car precise and smooth.
Very good answer.

You'd be suprised at how much bushings will make or break your suspension...

I know it's not suspension but the most apparent display of how effective replacing bushings can be are the shifter bushings. You can go from like 1.5 inches of very free play on either side of your shifter to virtually no free play at all.

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and lulz at ek forever guy's response.
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How are your tires? Worn tires, or tires of poor quality all factor in ride quality. Anyone can attest to that.
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on top of that, I don't think you can even use top hats with lowering springs.
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I have koni yellow ground control, eibach springs, and top hats on my 95 hatch, it's a major improvement from the stock ****, but what else can I do to it to get the smoothest ride possible? I was thinking about getting a skunk 2 camper kit, but that wouldn't really help with the smoothness. I lowered it 2 inches, I'm not tryna be Mr. Super Slammed, I just want the best ride out of my hatch.
2" drop with no camber kit? Does your car hydroplane in the rain every time you turn the slightest bit?

usually when you lower the car you're seeking looks and performance, not comfort. What size rims/tires are you running, obviously a thicker sidewall would help.
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on top of that, I don't think you can even use top hats with lowering springs.
Never heard of this... Only thing that may be different with a lowered setup might be the bump stops needing to be trimmed, but you definitely use the top hats.
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on top of that, I don't think you can even use top hats with lowering springs.
I don't see why you couldn't.
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yea cant really lower a car and expect good ride quality and a thicker tire does help but i swear my 195/50/15s rode better than these 195/60/14s on these steelies im forced to run for the moment
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2" drop with no camber kit? Does your car hydroplane in the rain every time you turn the slightest bit?

usually when you lower the car you're seeking looks and performance, not comfort. What size rims/tires are you running, obviously a thicker sidewall would help.
Your kidding right? What would his car hydroplane with having a little negative camber?

I was slammed with out a camber kit, and never hydroplaned one time. I live in WA, we get lots of rain.

I am still lowered without a camber kit, lowered 2.5" running -1.8/9*F and -1.9/2* in rear. Never had the slightest issue.



It's been said many times in the suspension forum by many knowledgeable people.
I think it was something with pre load, and another thing.
I always thought you could, but they say other wise.
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