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Should I wait on lowering my ride?

I have a 2011 RT and Ive been doing some research on the effects of lowering your challenger. Ive been hearing all these great things and they really do look sexier too

Is there any negatives to lowering your ride ( even if you do it right ) and also, everything on my car is stock. I have been saving up for a long time now to do alot of mods to my car.

Been wanting to put 20's on my ride and wondering should I wait for the new wheels or can I put the aftermarket springs on it to lower it then put the wheels on later?? Whats a good amount to drop it also.
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Having owned other lowered cars in the past, and now owning an SRT8, I feel the stock height of the SRT8 is just about a perfect compromise (I am not sure how much different the height of the R/T is). Does not drag bottom or scrape curbs too often if your careful, and can make it over the all too common speed bumps without dragging, etc. Also at the stock SRT8 ride height the front spoiler just barely clears the typical concrete parking lot wheel stops without touching (by maybe 1/4 inch)

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The only negatives to lowering a car are if you go TOO low, speed bumps and potholes become your worst enemies, and depending on what kit you use, you sacrifice some comfort. A vehicle with a lower center of gravity and a firmer spring will of course handle and corner better, which are pluses. And as you pointed out, they look so much better. If you use the right kit, you won't affect safety by any means.

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I have personally lowered several vehicles. Two BMW's. 540 and 735, Ford Lightning, Chevy SSR. I have also raised two Toyota trucks.
Everyone of them had a compromise in the ride except the BMW 540.
I have thought about it several times for my '10 SRT8 and looked at the Eibach Pro Series.
A little too much for me to install this myself, and if I have it installed it is $2500-$3000. Not so sure if it is worth it.
I spent money on other mods, Cervini hood, Yellow Jacket wheels, custom stripe, new Nitto Invo tires. Hopefully I can post new photos soon.

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I also did the Diablo intune.
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I have BC coilovers on mine, it's lowered a good 2" and I have no complaints about clearance or ride quality. The coilovers allow adjustable damping and ride height. I clear speed bumps and don't scrape pulling into my driveway, the ride on the freeway is just a little more firm than stock with the setting I use (Set at 15 on a range of 1 to 32, 1 being the hardest). The only "problems" are, as mentioned above, potholes. With this setting the potholes can be pretty jarring, but shouldn't be an issue with a softer setting, IMO.

I do have to be more careful pulling into parking lots and such as if I take the dip too fast then it will scrape, so slow and easy pulling in and out is key. Small compromise for a huge difference in looks and handling, IMO.

Personally, I would lower it first and then do wheels so that you can make sure you have enough clearance, particularly when turning.

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Have you thought about the airlift system. You get the best of both worlds and the ride is great. Raise it when you need it higher curbs, speed bumps. Lower it when you want it completely slammed.
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I was looking into the airlift system because someone I know has that. Just too much money for me. Id rather spend those thousand dollars elsewhere like swaping for a 392.

@ GAFETTAIA- why so much money? I look at the website and the springs are around $300. Why would they be that much for installation???

I dont want my ride TOO LOW. The 1.5" looks pretty good to me. Just low enought to get the benefits of handling and MPG without scrapping too much. Seems like alot of people love the Eibach's
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Dude its about 2 grand you can find good deals on them just have to look.about the same as a good coilover lowering system. Can't beat the cool factor, I have several friends with air ride systems and they all swear by it. That is gonna be my next purchase here in a few weeks.
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Do I need the coilover system?? Cant I just get the springs?

I dunno man, maybe. Ill look into it. Just so much I want to do ( swap for a 392, supercharge the 392, methanol injection, wheels, rims, different hood, sound system, cams/headers etc.)
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