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1. Model Year:U.S. spec 2014
2. Engine:1.4T AT
3. Trim Level:LT
4. Suspension Type:Front sport struts and rear sport shocks with lowering springs, LTZ rims shod with
Continental Pure Contact 235/45-R18's
(no spacers), Front and rear upper tower bars, new front sway bar links (stock length) and polyurethane bushings, rear sway bar
5. Supplier:Bilstein B8 Front/Back and Eibach Pro Kit Front/BackBilstein Sports, Ultra Racing bars, Moog sway bar parts, Whiteline swaybar
6. Drop Height:No one in the car, trunk mostly empty [before shot had new parts, after had old parts (just the measured photos) - Still need to measure after]- photos to come EDIT: Photo's added
7. Fitment Issues / Modifications Required:None (unless you count scraping my hitch on an incline)
EDIT: I had to weld on a bracket for the Magnaflow Catback exhaust because the hole it was designed for was being used by my hitch.
8. Ride Quality Comments:A little stiffer and a few unexpected teeth rattlers, but very nice.
Even better since adding the Whiteline - start with this IMHO
9. Any other comments related to suspension change:Love the way it handles. I was concerned about it being more difficult to get into, but I did not even notice it. Getting out on the other hand is a bit harder, but for the time being, worth it. The before pictures are a bit deceiving as an empty trailer is attached and lowers the rear a bit and possibly raises the front. The ones with the tape measure are on as level ground I could find near me, but is still on an incline. I had the car aligned the same day as it was a freebie.

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Before Measurements {Clockwise from DR}

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PR:

Gratuitous shot of my trailer :cool:

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After Measurements{clockwise from DR}
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DR: 25-7/8
DF: 25-7/8
PF: 25-3/4
PR: 26-11/16
 

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I will add photos here when I swap over to my winter rim / tire combo EDIT: See photos below

For now though here are my alignment specs:

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These were taken before the front end was repaired, but it is lowered with the winter shoes

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Finally had some time to detail the car and snap some photos.

Lowered using B&G springs and KYB struts and shocks.

After 20,000 KM I would rated them 6.5 out of 10.

- Achieved the drop I wanted (roughly 1.2" all around)
- Ride quality is OK, definitely firmer and feels more stable during cornering
- BUT, I have bottomed out roughly 6-7 times since the drop. They have been quite large bumps but not overly impressed by that.

Since the car is paid for and we have absolutely no issues it will be around for awhile. Do have plans to get the front bumper and hood repainted. Commuting/Ontario winters have not been nice to the front of this car.

Also playing with the idea of completely shaving the trunk and doing some more subtle custom body work and obviously KSports.

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Finally had some time to detail the car and snap some photos.

Lowered using B&G springs and KYB struts and shocks.

After 20,000 KM I would rated them 6.5 out of 10.

- Achieved the drop I wanted (roughly 1.2" all around)
- Ride quality is OK, definitely firmer and feels more stable during cornering
- BUT, I have bottomed out roughly 6-7 times since the drop. They have been quite large bumps but not overly impressed by that.

Since the car is paid for and we have absolutely no issues it will be around for awhile. Do have plans to get the front bumper and hood repainted. Commuting/Ontario winters have not been nice to the front of this car.

Also playing with the idea of completely shaving the trunk and doing some more subtle custom body work and obviously KSports.

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Do you by any chance have a photo of the rear shocks. I am still waiting on my replacements from Tire Rack (different brand, but should be same, I think, although you have an RS).
 

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1. 2012
2. 1.4
3. LT RS
4. Coilovers
5. FK Automotive
6. Unsure of total drop
7. The coilover install was a two part install. I decided to do the rear one night then did the front the next afternoon. I took the car to get an alignment and was told they couldn't do the alignment due to no camber adjustment and that I needed cam bolts to do it. I decided to verify what they were saying so got the car up on stands and found that the fk coilovers come with an elongated top strut mount hole. My mistake was that I didn't know that and didn't mount the top equally on both sides. For now they are maxed out for negative camber (which isn't too extreme)

I also removed the rear adjustment sleeves to get max drop for the rear. I'm still not totally satisfied with the rear drop.
8. The ride is extremely smooth in my opinion. You still get more bounce over bumpy sections of rode. But the car seems to glide over most surfaces. My girlfriend has been around lowered cars far longer than myself and had mentioned for the $300 price tag, the FK Streetlines ride smoother than the more expensive coil overs she is used to.
9. Make sure if this is your first experience installing coilovers to pay attention to your strut mounts and make sure if they are elongated or not for camber adjustments. I also did my toe adjustment due to having issues with squealing tires at low speeds on corners. I did it with a center to center measurement from front to back of front wheels. It may not be dead on but it got it close and rides a million times better. Also I have the factory 16 inch wheels with factory tires. I've noticed with the taller sidewall I feel alot more of the tire flex with the rigid suspension.
 

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1. 2012
2. 1.4
3. LT RS
4. Coilovers
5. FK Automotive
6. Unsure of total drop
7. The coilover install was a two part install. I decided to do the rear one night then did the front the next afternoon. I took the car to get an alignment and was told they couldn't do the alignment due to no camber adjustment and that I needed cam bolts to do it. I decided to verify what they were saying so got the car up on stands and found that the fk coilovers come with an elongated top strut mount hole. My mistake was that I didn't know that and didn't mount the top equally on both sides. For now they are maxed out for negative camber (which isn't too extreme)

I also removed the rear adjustment sleeves to get max drop for the rear. I'm still not totally satisfied with the rear drop.
8. The ride is extremely smooth in my opinion. You still get more bounce over bumpy sections of rode. But the car seems to glide over most surfaces. My girlfriend has been around lowered cars far longer than myself and had mentioned for the $300 price tag, the FK Streetlines ride smoother than the more expensive coil overs she is used to.
9. Make sure if this is your first experience installing coilovers to pay attention to your strut mounts and make sure if they are elongated or not for camber adjustments. I also did my toe adjustment due to having issues with squealing tires at low speeds on corners. I did it with a center to center measurement from front to back of front wheels. It may not be dead on but it got it close and rides a million times better. Also I have the factory 16 inch wheels with factory tires. I've noticed with the taller sidewall I feel alot more of the tire flex with the rigid suspension.
I thought my front end was low, yours looks like the fender is eating the tire!!
 

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1. 2012
2. 1.4
3. LT RS
4. Coilovers
5. FK Automotive
6. Unsure of total drop
7. The coilover install was a two part install. I decided to do the rear one night then did the front the next afternoon. I took the car to get an alignment and was told they couldn't do the alignment due to no camber adjustment and that I needed cam bolts to do it. I decided to verify what they were saying so got the car up on stands and found that the fk coilovers come with an elongated top strut mount hole. My mistake was that I didn't know that and didn't mount the top equally on both sides. For now they are maxed out for negative camber (which isn't too extreme)

I also removed the rear adjustment sleeves to get max drop for the rear. I'm still not totally satisfied with the rear drop.
8. The ride is extremely smooth in my opinion. You still get more bounce over bumpy sections of rode. But the car seems to glide over most surfaces. My girlfriend has been around lowered cars far longer than myself and had mentioned for the $300 price tag, the FK Streetlines ride smoother than the more expensive coil overs she is used to.
9. Make sure if this is your first experience installing coilovers to pay attention to your strut mounts and make sure if they are elongated or not for camber adjustments. I also did my toe adjustment due to having issues with squealing tires at low speeds on corners. I did it with a center to center measurement from front to back of front wheels. It may not be dead on but it got it close and rides a million times better. Also I have the factory 16 inch wheels with factory tires. I've noticed with the taller sidewall I feel alot more of the tire flex with the rigid suspension.
I thought my front end was low, yours looks like the fender is eating the tire!!
No rubbing so far on wheel well or fender. Had a few scrapes on heavy road damage that I was unaware was there. All in all it rides amazingly well. Again that rear end though bugs me to no end. And of course the tire flex due to the sidewalls being so large.
 

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1. 2013
2. 1.4T
3. LT
4. Air suspension
5. Custom xxx
6. 2" lift - 8.5" drop
7. Axle modification and swaybar modification
8. Anywhere from OEM to spine breaking depending on what presets I choose
9. Would strongly recommend
 

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1. 2013
2. 1.4T
3. LT
4. Air suspension
5. Custom xxx
6. 2" lift - 8.5" drop
7. Axle modification and swaybar modification
8. Anywhere from OEM to spine breaking depending on what presets I choose
9. Would strongly recommend

What do you have on the windows? The rears seem different than the standard tint in the front.
 

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1. 2014
2. 1.4T
3. LT
4. Spring/OEM strut & shocks
5. Eibach
6. IDK, looks cool
7. Fits 225/50-17 fine but will need camber bolts (-1.16FR & -1.17FR...max spec is -1.25)
8. Rides good, have to watch out for bridge transitions
9. Seems like trunk weight adds additional drop a lot easier now.

 

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1. 2012
2. 1.4
3. LT RS
4. Coilovers
5. FK Automotive
6. Unsure of total drop
7. The coilover install was a two part install. I decided to do the rear one night then did the front the next afternoon. I took the car to get an alignment and was told they couldn't do the alignment due to no camber adjustment and that I needed cam bolts to do it. I decided to verify what they were saying so got the car up on stands and found that the fk coilovers come with an elongated top strut mount hole. My mistake was that I didn't know that and didn't mount the top equally on both sides. For now they are maxed out for negative camber (which isn't too extreme)

I also removed the rear adjustment sleeves to get max drop for the rear. I'm still not totally satisfied with the rear drop.
8. The ride is extremely smooth in my opinion. You still get more bounce over bumpy sections of rode. But the car seems to glide over most surfaces. My girlfriend has been around lowered cars far longer than myself and had mentioned for the $300 price tag, the FK Streetlines ride smoother than the more expensive coil overs she is used to.
9. Make sure if this is your first experience installing coilovers to pay attention to your strut mounts and make sure if they are elongated or not for camber adjustments. I also did my toe adjustment due to having issues with squealing tires at low speeds on corners. I did it with a center to center measurement from front to back of front wheels. It may not be dead on but it got it close and rides a million times better. Also I have the factory 16 inch wheels with factory tires. I've noticed with the taller sidewall I feel alot more of the tire flex with the rigid suspension.
Anyone else running FK? I'm looking into them as I'm not happy with my KYB/B&G combo.
 

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Hey everybody...
I own a cruze station 2.0 diesel.
It has bilstein b6 shocks with oem springs.I'm planning to buy the pro kit
But I'm wondering that the eibach springs go so low. Positive... ?
But sometimes not. ?
Is there a difference in some models or years. May be different shocks?
Greets from germany
Chris
 
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