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Old 21 Dec 2017, 11:39 am
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I have a 05 GT. Convert.
Tires- 215/ 50R 17 Kenetica
Would like to use, Canuck #2514-41100 Progressive lowering springs
1.5 in the front
1.75 in the rear
Plain Generic OEM STRUTS
Shocks - I`m not sure, could use your help
We Cruise a lot. In the summer months.
I do not race it but we do cruise through the back roads and there are curves.
I do not drive it in the winter.
Can I lower my Cruiser and still keep a good ride ? I been told, not going to
Added Info would be helpful.
Thank You Very Much
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Old 21 Dec 2017, 11:58 am
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Originally Posted by CRUZ View Post
I have a 05 GT. Convert.
Can I lower my Cruiser and still keep a good ride ? I been told, not going to
Added Info would be helpful.
Thank You Very Much
This is a tricky question. Answer it depends? Tires actually will give you the first noticeable ride change. But you need to read many reviews from experts in the business and people that have used them. Remember that unless they have EXACTLY the same car and suspension parts as you the results you have will vary.
Progressive spring will be the best to come close to maintaining close to a stock ride quality depending on their rate of compression which that specification is very hard to find or get from the manufactures.

The PT Cruiser is NOT a canyon carver and you would be better off to balance ride comfort with slight anti roll improvements.

The mistake most enthusiasts do is upgrading their suspension on any vehicle and mentioned that GO CART feeling only to actually decrease handling at higher vehicle speeds to the point that the vehicle becomes actually less desirable to drive or even the possibility to wash out on turns.

The PT Cruiser is very nose heavy and understeer is a problem that is next to impossible to improve without changing the weight distribution.

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Old 21 Dec 2017, 01:22 pm
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Thank You Nitro for your input, I think the PT Cruisers are going through some changes. People are looking to find there full potential but like you said.
The resources are hard to find on what works and what won`t work.
I know of someone, who put an offer on one, 1st gen PT. Blown motor,
Blown Trans, Torn out Wiring and I am sure there is a lot more wrong.
Even though he has never worked on these cars , he has done a lot of work
on the Rolex 24 race cars suspension and as second job, He works on pro mod cars. Catch his work at moranmotorsports. Everyone calls him Whitey. It will be fun to watch what he does with it.
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Old 21 Dec 2017, 06:21 pm
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I recommend finding a 03 or newer PT, then attaching the 01-02 rear sway bar, That helps with the body roll and should counter some of the understeer. Problem is finding one for cheaper than finding an aftermarket one. the mounting points for the rear sway bar can be found on the later models, but you need to get the brackets, and probably tap the threads for the sway bar link bolts to remove any rust.

I found a set of Eibach sway bars, and with my full suspension, the only movement you get from pushing hard on the side of the car is the sidewalls of the tires.

With my setup, the biggest issue to me, is bumpy roads, while it handles fine around corners at speed, any sharp bump in the road is harsh. Larger sidewalls can reduce this jarring motion, but I have 17inch rims, not 15inch. so i dont have much to work with and I'm not changing them, I will deal with it.

Also i'd look at Tein springs, the drop rate is a bit more level. judging by what you said, you're gonna have a higher rear than me and a lower front, which the stock PT already has too much of.
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Old 21 Dec 2017, 08:01 pm
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Thank You for that information. I will check out the other springs.
They turned down the offer of a $1000.00 for a 04 convert, that needs
everything. They think it is worth at least $ 2500 or $3000 . I hear about
these great deals. Not around here in MI. Dave may have to up the offer
if he wants it. I would like him to join the PT FORUM and the PT CRUISERS
CLUB OF S.E. MI. Thanks again you guys !
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