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Old 25 Mar 2007, 03:47 pm
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Default New Guy Needs Help!

Hey All:

So, after 3 years of using my 2004 PT Cruiser (LTD) for "everyday duty," I have decided to "Pimp-Ze-Auto" as it were. I have already ordered a stock Mopar Ground Effects package, K&N intake system, modified engine chip, dual exhaust system and headers.

That being said, I really want to lower my PT by 1.5 to 2 inches. Given that I am still using the stock 16 inch tires (205/55/r16), do you think I will have any problem with tire rubbing? Has anyone lowered their PT with the stock tires still on it? (I am planning on purchasing new 17 inchers this summer, but I can let my wheel shop worry about this when I go to them. It is the use of the stock tires that has me concerned.) Also, does anyone have an ideas on whether I should go ahead and replace my stock struts and if so, with what kind?
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Old 25 Mar 2007, 07:46 pm
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NewfoundlandLaw -


I know for a fact you wont have any clearance / rubbing issues when lowering the car 2 inches with the factory 16" wheels / tires. I lowered my 2001 Limited 2.75" front, and 3.25" rear, with no problems at all. I dont think you'd have any issues with 17" wheels either, as I know there are people with 18's and 19's on their cars as well.

I had goldline slammer springs, with Tokico HP shocks and struts on my car, and it handled awesome. I had to go very slow, or miss potholes completely, but otherwise the ride quality was fine. (I drive around potholes no matter what I'm driving, truck, car, etc - I miss them no matter what)

Hope that helps,
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Old 26 Mar 2007, 03:57 pm
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Agree with Matt - lowering should not be an issue with rubbing unless you go to huge 18" tires (meaning some 18" tires are okay).
Stick with stock sizes in 16 or 17" and you're fine.
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Old 29 Mar 2007, 10:21 pm
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You shouldn't have any problems Newfoundlandlaw. If you are looking for a place to pick up parts for your PT here in Canada go to this website .The prices are with shipping included in Canada. I plan o ordering a few things from them soon ( camber kit,wiper cowl,ventvisors etc).
PS,I am a fellow east coaster too (Halifax Nova Scotia but currently making the big oil $$$$ in Alberta).
PSS- I currently have a set of lowering springs on order from Canuck motorsports out of Surrey BC,I payed 172 taxes and shipping in. I'll let you know how they ride as soon as I get them on.
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