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Old 01-12-2012, 09:42 AM   #11 (permalink)
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No problem its easy to go overboard with ideas, sometimes I think if I had more money to play with I would do all this stuff to my car. Then I remember if I had more money I would have bought a different car.
I agree with this! the Elantra is a good car but not fast and powerful enough to put a lot of money on it. I'm not talking about tinted windows, nice wheels and stuff like that but lowering the car, dual exhaust, cold air intake etc won't make it a bomb.
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Old 01-12-2012, 10:31 AM   #12 (permalink)
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i agree, specially here in canada - with freaking roads ..........
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:49 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I will chime in on this topic fashionable late. haha. To answer your question, No. You do not need to change out the struts/shocks on your Elantra in order to put new springs. Many Companies, at least respectable ones, utilize the OEM struts/shocks when they make the new spring, so the new spring is set up for the OEM suspension. BUT and I say a huge BUT here. What they do is maximize the struts/shocks ability to maintain the springs energy. Sine the new springs are generally 10-20% firmer than stock and are progressive, they can capture more "energy" than the stock spring. What does this mean? It means that the strut is going to have to work harder to control the energy the new spring makes. This may cause the strut to fail prematurely, so instead of getting 50K miles out of an OEM strut, you may get 30K as an example.

What concerns me about this elantra though is there is not much suspension travel front or rear. You MUST take this into consideration when lower a car. My GLS bone stock bottoms out on speed bumps, bad roads and what not, you lower the car another 1.5 inches or so, guess what? Your going to be hitting your bump stops all day long and that can be very dangerous. Some folks cut the bump stops in half to give an extra inch of travel, I mean you could, but what this does is make the strut compress more than was intended and you can blow a strut. So its a catch 22.

You could go coil overs, but they run over $1000 for a decent set and honestly is it worth it? If you actually AutoX your car, and what not then Coil Overs would be good. Driving back and forth to work and school? Nah. Unless you just want a look. The benefit of the Coil Over system isn't the adjustability, that is just one part. Its the beefed up struts they come with. Those too can fail because they are some Korean No name brand that over here in the States cost a pretty penny to get. So I would pass on those too.

So its tough to say, No you don't need new struts, but how long will your OEM ones last? Who knows. Safety wise though, hitting your bump stops at 60mph on a turn can cause a spin and a serious accident. People also think lower means better handling. That is not always the case. In some cases, the car can or may handle worse!!

Going 18's on the Elantra is an idea but also not a great idea. Why? The weight of these rims for one create allot of unsprung weight that can make the car handle worse, especially when the wheel is turned, then your causing a weak suspension to work even harder to maintain the momemtum of a heaveir wheel. Not a good idea. Then your rolling on 40 series tires and all it takes is one bad pot hole and guess what?? There goes your new rim. Acceleration will also be slower with 18's. Takes more power to turn those big donuts. So from a "performance" perspective keep the lightest, smallest wheel. You ever see those lowered Honda's with small 15/16" rims and they are dropped? They do it so they don't loose HP. Turning big wheels may look cool, but from a performance perspective, another bad idea.

I am still learning about these Elantras. I have never really been into Hyundais, and just bought this car to save on gas, I have owned 4 Mitsubishi Evo's and raced 2 of the 4. Mainly AutoX and traveled around different tracks here in California. So my experinece is vast, but not in the Hyundai World. I think the Elantra is a great car, but not the car you put a $2000 suspension on. So put some nice rims on it, stock 16's or limited size 17's maybe put the KYB's on the rear, and leave it alone. I can't believe I am saying that, but in the Elantra's case, I think its the best way to go.

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Take a page out of crcendo's style book: go to 18" wheels. Why lower and deal with those headaches...unless you have more money than you know what to do with.

Look an his red Elantra! Pristine! Simple...and first class in appearance.

But, it's your bucks, your time, your re-engineering...I just don't envy the work and investments involved. And will the dealer warrant those mods if they fail, or if the car rides so low the bottom gets damaged?

Good luck. Post pics if you do it! Like to see them.
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I think if anyone wants to lower their car, they aren't worried about ride...
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Hey, Old guy!

I think if anyone wants to lower their car, they aren't worried about ride...
Though I agree that people that lower their car are not worried about the ride, I also agree that most people that lower their cars no nothing about suspensions and do it only for looks. Though asthetically the Elantra does indeed look better, but if you don't do it right, even a modest drop on this OEM set up can cause some major isues. I am concerned with safety. Either Hyundai has very poor quality struts/shocks, but my car bottoms out allot. Dealer of course says its "normal" mmmm ok. So if I drop the car, and lose 1.5" of suspension travel on a car that bottoms out on my rural roads already?? That is a recipe for dissaster and THAT is what people need to realize. If you roll nice and slow, then should be fine, but if you drive aggressive like I do? Lowering is a BAD IDEA. haha. There is a good route to go, but involves more money that I am willing to put into this grocery getter.

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You bottom out a stock Elantra? Where do you live, the side of a mountain?!

I have never, EVER scraped in my stock Elantra, even my slammed Saturn rarely scraped.

Guess it says a lot about the driver...

You guys aren't real car people if you're worrying about replacing parts earlier...
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What's bottom out??

Ive scraped the bottom of my car once...from turning right out of a drive way too early and went off a curb :C :C It just scraped the area where you life the car with the jacks. Yea...that thingy....
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Yep my car hits the bump stops all thetime on certain things like speed bumps and dips in the road with rutts. The problem is I drive the same roads the same speeds for over 18 yrs and never had issues until this car. So I believe its poor suspension tuning. Maybe just too soft for me and my roads. Most of my previous cars were "sporty" with actual real sport tuned suspensions. This car is what it is a grocery getter so I just have to keep that in mind. Dealer says its "normal" so I will leave it at that. As for changing parts? I have modded more cars over the years than I can count so its not that. Its just the Elantra to me isn't worth modding. Just my opinion on that. It is what it is. I won't be keeping this car long I feel.

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So Ive been doing some reasearch on H & R. I wrote them an email asking when part number 52014 would be out. Websites have been saying you can order them but there on national back order. H & R told me they have no date as Germany has not notified them yet. I asked them if part number 52015 would fit the 2011 hyundai elantra and they didnt give me a direct answer, they just said they were different. Wondering if anybody else has contacted H & R and asked them if 52015 would fit?? A few websites say they do fit, but Im hesitant to order them as H & R website says 52014 is for our car. Here is an example of a site saying 52015 fits.

H&R Springs - Sport Springs HYUNDAI ELANTRA 2007 - 2012 52015
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I believe they do work. Sellers even have em on EBAY here
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