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    Suspension experts help pls

    Lowering a car puts more wear on what parts?
    I know this can be extremely situational.
    Car is a pontiac g8.
    I plan on keeping all suspension parts the same with the exception of the coilovers. Car will be lowered enough to get rid of wheel gap.
    I'd imagine it would add some negative camber and put stress on the ball joints mainly, should I look into upgrading/replacing anything else?
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    If you lower it to minimize the wheel gap you shouldn't see any negative effects, just get an alignment done preferably at a place that deals with lowered cars. You mentioned coilovers, the only time lowering puts more wear on parts is when you lower using aftermarket springs only, in which case the shocks have a slightly shorter lifespan.

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    Not an expert and the only car I owned that was lowered came from the factory with a modified suspension setup. I've never heard of people having to replace anything else, just that the drive is affected. You get better cornering and launch at the expense of a harsher (bumpier) ride. Mustangs are a common car people lower, especially the older ones came with the notorious 4x4 stance and wheel gap. I used to belong to some forums and never heard of anyone having to replace other than springs, shocks and struts (latter two just for sake of upgrade at same time as springs).

    edit: as guy above mentioned, alignment is typical and sometimes required after lowering.
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    Originally Posted by VesperT01 View Post
    Lowering a car puts more wear on what parts?
    I know this can be extremely situational.
    Car is a pontiac g8.
    I plan on keeping all suspension parts the same with the exception of the coilovers. Car will be lowered enough to get rid of wheel gap.
    I'd imagine it would add some negative camber and put stress on the ball joints mainly, should I look into upgrading/replacing anything else?
    You'd be better off asking this on a G8 specific forum. General rule of thumb is 1" lower than stock is fine on most cars.
    If you're just installing lowering springs on stock struts/shocks then they'll wear out faster than they normally would. How much? No idea.
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    Most of the lowering springs are firmer because you'll have less travel to absorb road shock. More shock will be distributed on other suspension components and the body of the vehicle. Changing geometry of the suspension will have changes, maybe good, maybe bad. Proper alignment will have to be adjusted and most of the time it's out of the factory adjustments so you'll most likely have to install more components to correct alignment.
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