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    Tadpole 405mi16_1990's Avatar
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    Default 405 vs mi16 ride height standard

    I am wondering if there is any difference in ride height between a standard 405 and an mi16. The reason is that lowering springs don't seem to differentiate in their listings, and I'm wondering whether a spring advertised as lowering the car 30mm will do the same for an mi16.

    Also, does anyone have any knowledge of Zender springs?

    Thanks.

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    yes there is a difference.

    i parked next a 405sti the other day and was quite surprised by the difference in heights - a standard 405 sits quite high in the bum, the mi16 sits much flatter in comparison.

    The standard 405 was at such an angle (high bum) that the nose actually looked lower than that of the mi16...
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    I assume you found the Zender springs on eBay. I have no first hand experience with them, but have heard only good things about them in 205 GTi's.

    There is definately a difference in ride heights between a Mi16 and a normal 405.

    In an Mi16 at rest, the lower control arm in the front is perfectly horizontal. In a non-Mi16 405, it has about a 1/2 inch droop from the inner bushes to the kingpin. Much higher. At the back, the Mi16 has stiffer torsion bars that are set 2 notches lower.
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    Thanks for your input guys. With this in mind do you think it is
    worth putting these springs in the mi6, Or would you not bother?

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    Personally I wouldnt bother - I find the mi16 to be almost too low already - i scrape it on enough speed humps and bumps as it is, i guess the clearance is further reduced by the really stretched wheelbase (for a car of it's size) especially when driving on or off ramps.

    Don't know how your handling would be affected either. I love the way my car handles. I wouldnt wanna sacrifice that just for the lowered-look.

    There is a member here (johnno-mi16 ??) who has lowered his quite a bit. It looks GREAT but you may wanna ask him bout the downsides...
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    Thanks enthused!

    The only things I'm worried about are whether a) It will make virtually no difference, and be a waste of $$ or b) As you say, whether it would have an adverse effect on handling.

    I would have thought with uprated springs and a mildly lowered car you would expect tighter cornering and better all round handling, maybe a little less comfort, but am far far from being sure on this....

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