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This might seem like a stupid question, but i must confess ignorance with regards to the topic. If you wanted to lower the car about 3/4" to about an 1" would you need new coilovers? Or new springs? Or is it possible to somehow simply use the stock suspension? And if it were possible to use the stock suspension would there be any adverse affects on handling? Or the warranty of the car? Thanks a lot guys
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The only way to lower with the stock suspension would be to cut or heat the springs, but that's inadvisable. It'll make it ride like something the Clampetts would drive. You can get either springs or coilovers.
The coilovers usually allow you to adjust the height and are more performance oriented (but usually give you harsher ride) and the real ones come with a shock tuned with the springs. If you just want the drop for looks, then quality springs would be just fine, like Eibach. I don't think they make any for the 8 yet, but give it a little time and there will be plenty.
The one thing to worry about is how much it will throw off the camber (notice how some cars have the top of the wheels pointing into the car, that's camber), but the stock suspension seems to allow a lot of adjustment so you should have a problem getting it balanced. After the switch you should always get an alignment.