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    hello everyone. searching the forum and cant seem to find a specific topic that covers my question. im wanting to lower my 2002 1.8 sxi with fk coilovers onto the standard 16s (funds arent the best for new wheels just yet ) and im wondering if anyone has experienced any problems due to lowering..

    i owned a 99 vectra b lowered 40mm all round on standard shocks on 17s and after about half a year of having the car i started getting realy bad tyre wear on the back and front. got tracking done on the front and was ok for a while but never drived 100% straight. and the back end had some realy loud rattling and bangs. changed the rose bushes and the trailing arm bushes has recently been done but still banging and alot of creaking! especially when the car had been out in the sun all day the creaking on the back was terrible !

    i just dont want any problems like that with my new car as im not willing to shell out on over 16 tyres in the space of 18 month.

    if i lower the car are there any bushes or anything i should get done aswell as tracking.

    any comments appreciated.

    (also had a blow out at one point on the back tyre due to alot of wear on the inside of the tyres)

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    4wheel alighment should do the trick (as long as no suspension parts are worn).

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    is that just laser tracking where they track the front using the rear wheels? and is that the only thing you would recommend doing after lowering?

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    nice bit of tyre wear


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    Forget the FK's, a few on here have had them and they are rubbish. Save up and buy a better quality set of coil overs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DANNYGRAY View Post
    is that just laser tracking where they track the front using the rear wheels? and is that the only thing you would recommend doing after lowering?
    No a full four wheel alignment checks all the geometry settings on all four wheels, tracking them with lasers from a special piece of equipment.

    http://www.alignmycar.co.uk/
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    Quote Originally Posted by DasArab View Post
    Forget the FK's, a few on here have had them and they are rubbish. Save up and buy a better quality set of coil overs.
    i just want the cheap and cheerfull stuff lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian-Highlander View Post
    No a full four wheel alignment checks all the geometry settings on all four wheels, tracking them with lasers from a special piece of equipment.

    http://www.alignmycar.co.uk/
    around about how much is it do you know? if its easier and cheaper i might just lower it 40mm on standard shocks. im reading to many threads and confusing myself

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    The price depends on how many adjustments they have to make normally, you'd need to speak to a hunter dealer. You should ALWAYS get a full alignment done after lowering, period as your entire geometry will have been affected by lowering...
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    Four wheel alignment is useless if none of the suspension componants are adjustable and as far as I'm aware there are no adjustable suspension componants fitted on a vectra.

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