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Calibra Modifications & Calibra Maintenance => Handling, Suspension and Wheels => Topic started by: Mkcalibraz on May 15, 2006, 21:45:41 PM

Title: the best suspension kit for a calibra
Post by: Mkcalibraz on May 15, 2006, 21:45:41 PM
what is the best suspension kit that can be bought for a calibra ???
Title: Re: the best suspension kit for a calibra
Post by: Mkcalibraz on May 15, 2006, 21:56:02 PM
SUSPENSION KITS (SPORT)
APEX
AVO
BILSTEIN
PI
SPAX
H R
Title: Re: the best suspension kit for a calibra
Post by: Mkcalibraz on May 15, 2006, 21:56:56 PM
who uses these kits 4 their calibras
Title: Re: the best suspension kit for a calibra
Post by: Mkcalibraz on May 15, 2006, 22:05:15 PM
+lowering kits
Title: Re: the best suspension kit for a calibra
Post by: dj_smurph on May 16, 2006, 18:29:50 PM
coilovers are a mission on a calibra because of the suspension setup

personally i would reccomend koni adjustables with eibach or vogtland springs

any koni kit seems to sort out the handling out like a dream on vx's
Title: Re: the best suspension kit for a calibra
Post by: Mkcalibraz on May 16, 2006, 19:47:50 PM
which 1 would be best though
Title: Re: the best suspension kit for a calibra
Post by: notorious_angel_87 on May 17, 2006, 10:40:35 AM
i use BILSTEIN...never tried any other ..but its good though i really would like to try APEX
Title: Re: the best suspension kit for a calibra
Post by: Wayne on May 17, 2006, 11:06:57 AM
I have -60 mm all round on my car using PI springs and shocks.

Although the handling is great, and I can go round round abouts really fast, Don't waste your money buying and fitting these as they tend to fail the MOT for being 'coil bound'
Title: Re: the best suspension kit for a calibra
Post by: Mkcalibraz on May 18, 2006, 20:30:21 PM
hey wayne have u got a picture of those pi springs or how low it looks on ur car
Title: Re: the best suspension kit for a calibra
Post by: Mkcalibraz on May 18, 2006, 20:35:37 PM
I ve got to buy some new 1s for my cally but i cant remember which one there was on it the last time i changed them
Title: Re: the best suspension kit for a calibra
Post by: Wayne on May 18, 2006, 22:11:57 PM
Sure I can take a photo of them fitted for you tomorrow.
Title: Re: the best suspension kit for a calibra
Post by: [email protected] on May 18, 2006, 22:22:36 PM
H & R are probably the best, but they're v. expensive.  I believe that it was what Frank used on 'The Beast' - probably the best Calibra in the world [until it was sold for the bits].
Next, I believe are Bilstein struts with Eibach springs [lowered if you want], but I don't know how they compare with the Apex.
You can slam a Calibra as much as you like - the most I've heard of was 110mm!  But, if you slam it that much, you need to modify the wheel arches.  Also if you slam it much more than 40mm you start needing compensation kits to correct the camber, otherwise you'll get bad tyre wear.  30-40mm is probably the best compromise.
Title: Re: the best suspension kit for a calibra
Post by: Mkcalibraz on May 19, 2006, 19:28:54 PM
ok thanks wayne try to get one from the side of the car so that i can see how it looks
Title: Re: the best suspension kit for a calibra
Post by: Wayne on May 19, 2006, 21:03:26 PM
Here's a side on picture, its actually a lot lower than it looks, as the underside is actually lower than the side sills.

Bear in mind that my car has no side skirts or any other of the plastic mud traps fitted to it.  With the side skirts fitted, it'll ground out on every hump as will the front bumper with them stupid splitters.

I'll try and get a clear on day light picture tomorrow as that one is well old and the car looks a little different now.  I'll also take a photo of the coil bound problem.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/1103/majicmini/Wayne01.jpg)
Title: Re: the best suspension kit for a calibra
Post by: Mkcalibraz on May 19, 2006, 22:49:25 PM
ok thanks a lot wayne
Title: Re: the best suspension kit for a calibra
Post by: J A M E S on May 19, 2006, 23:54:24 PM
those wheels on the cally are 16"er's

Title: Re: the best suspension kit for a calibra
Post by: Mkcalibraz on May 20, 2006, 10:16:02 AM
ok i ve got 17in on mine i dont know if its the same suspension

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