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modified/raised top hats on stock suspension

Discussion in 'Wheels / Suspension / Tires / Brakes' started by K2e2vin, Feb 8, 2006.

  1. K2e2vin

    K2e2vin Senior Member

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    I'm sure lots of you guys heard about raising the top hat to gain like an inch of travel when lowering the car. I want to lower my car using this method with the stock suspension; Since the springs have preload, wouldn't raised top hats cause a higher preload(the spring rates are progressive right)? Would this cause damage to the shocks since it's being pulled on harder than stock or will the weight of the car counter-act that?

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    xj0hnx I wanna be sedated VIP

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    If you don't change the springs your car will ride at the same height.
     
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    wouldnt the springs be compressed more? Because there's already preload at stock height and the absorber is extended all the way; raising the tophat should reduce the height of the spring but would the increase preload damage to shocks? In other words, its like im pushing the spring down; but all the stress is on the absorber.

    Kind of hard for me to explain but I might make a little Paint image.
     
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