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Old 08-29-2015, 09:50 AM   #1
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Default 2004 Ion Sedan 2.2 lowering springs

Hey guys, I'm new here. I have an '04 Ion sedan 2.2 with an auto tranny and I'm trying to get a 1.5-2" drop. I've been reading a lot of posts about this already but it sounds like there are a lot of different brands that people use. What springs should I get and how long can I expect my stock struts to last?

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Old 08-29-2015, 12:03 PM   #2
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https://www.google.com/search?q=04+I...2+megan+racing
"Model Number : MR-LS-SIO03
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- Color: Orange

- Lower rate: 2" Front, 1.7.5-2" Rear

- Springs rate: 300F & 250R..."

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Old 08-31-2015, 01:58 PM   #3
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https://www.google.com/search?q=04+I...2+megan+racing
"Model Number : MR-LS-SIO03
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- Color: Orange

- Lower rate: 2" Front, 1.7.5-2" Rear

- Springs rate: 300F & 250R..."

http://www.meganracing.com/products/...d=513&catid=44
exactly what i have.
the stock strut will not be able to handle the increased load you will put on them with the springs.
you have a couple options as far as shocks/struts:
-find someone parting out a ion redline and buy the used FE5 shocks/struts off of it, and replace the springs.
-go online (rockauto is usually the best place to go) and order new FE5 shocks/struts
-go online and order aftermarket shocks which will more than likely be able to handle lowering springs.

I went with buying aftermarket shocks
i got KYB Excel-G shocks, ordered the complete set advertising to fit a cobalt (ions and cobalts use the same suspension), and put the megan springs on them.
I ended up reusing the old top mount from my old front struts, but its recommended to replace those with new ones too.

After installing, at first, they will seem stiff for the first few thousand miles, but over time, they will get comfy with the setup.

i replaced mine 50k miles ago, and the ride is still great

an FYI, since you will be having the suspension apart, you can get the swaybar bushings (19mm i think), swaybar endlinks (K80252), and tie rod ends (ES800030) replaced with Moog parts. That way, youll will only need to get an alignment once, instead of needing one after replacing each thing.

if you dont get an alignment after lowering, youll suffer from camber wear on your tires.

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Old 09-19-2015, 10:23 PM   #4
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Eibachs or progress.

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Old 09-22-2015, 12:52 AM   #5
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SSC springs

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Old 09-22-2015, 06:45 AM   #6
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exactly what i have.
the stock strut will not be able to handle the increased load you will put on them with the springs..
Springs don't increase the load- adding weight does.

That said I wouldn't go through the hassle of changing springs, though ,without installing new struts and shocks.

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Old 09-23-2015, 01:46 PM   #7
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Springs don't increase the load- adding weight does.

That said I wouldn't go through the hassle of changing springs, though ,without installing new struts and shocks.
increased load coming from the car riding lower than what it originally was.

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Old 09-23-2015, 10:43 PM   #8
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increased load coming from the car riding lower than what it originally was.
I had 60k on stock shocks without any problems on eibachs. I don't see a problem, you could run the fe3 shocks.

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Old 09-24-2015, 02:32 PM   #9
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I don't know which shocks I had, whether is they were fe1 or fe3.
the shocks were due to be changed anyways, so I went with a new set I knew could handle a lowered ride.

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Old 09-24-2015, 08:50 PM   #10
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Has anyone ever tried Road Magnet? They are one of the few springs I have found that say they are specifically for the Ion sedan.

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Old 09-25-2015, 09:26 AM   #11
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never heard of them myself.

basically, if you find springs to fit a cobalt, they will fit the ions too.
youd prolly have better luck finding a set listed to fit a cobalt than an ion.

the megans I have were listed for ions, and I got about 2" drop front and back.

I remember seeing on ebay a set of adjustable lowering springs for the ions that give a max of 4" drop, but I haven't seen any in a while.
I don't remember what brand they were, but all I remember is that they were blue.

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Old 10-27-2015, 02:34 PM   #12
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If I put in lowering springs with fe3 shocks and struts would that lower the car anymore than just putting in aftermarket shocks and struts?

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Old 10-27-2015, 03:30 PM   #13
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[QUOTE=kevin.st56;2159927]
basically, if you find springs to fit a cobalt, they will fit the ions too.
youd prolly have better luck finding a set listed to fit a cobalt than an ion.
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Wrong. Not an exact fit. You need an adapter kit for them to work with our struts.

Don't use cheap no name springs and expect good ride quality.

Shocks and struts don't decide the ride height, completely.
They just determine how stiff your ride is. And absorb the roads.
I believe the fe3 on my base model is the perfect balance. Fe5s would be good if you like the ride a bit stiffer.

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Old 10-28-2015, 09:44 AM   #14
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Wrong. Not an exact fit. You need an adapter kit for them to work with our struts.

Don't use cheap no name springs and expect good ride quality.

Shocks and struts don't decide the ride height, completely.
They just determine how stiff your ride is. And absorb the roads.
I believe the fe3 on my base model is the perfect balance. Fe5s would be good if you like the ride a bit stiffer.
I know the shocks are the same, but I guess the springs aren't.

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Old 10-29-2015, 01:45 AM   #15
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I know the shocks are the same, but I guess the springs aren't.
Shocks and struts are. Springs and top hats are not.

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Default Re: 2004 Ion Sedan 2.2 lowering springs

i've had megan racing springs now for a year
stock struts and shocks are now going bad
im in the process of looking for an upgrade
not sure what to get

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Default Re: 2004 Ion Sedan 2.2 lowering springs

cobalt coilovers, i doubt you will be satisfied with just springs

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