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Old 03-27-2005, 02:59 PM   #1
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Has anyone installed Intrax springs or had the dealer do it?
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Old 03-27-2005, 03:14 PM   #2
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if you are asking about how they are - i've heard nothing bu praise. If you are asking a technical question - what's the issue? Which side is up?
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Old 03-27-2005, 03:26 PM   #3
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well in my opinion, those springs make the car sit too low for normal every day use on C-900's. Now I'm not sure about NG 900's, but with C-900's you will have problems with parking blocks, dips, deep snow, and driveways. this is especially true if you have an airflow kit...

If you have a track use only car- I bet they work just great, otherwise, I probably would look for something with less of a drop.
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Old 03-27-2005, 03:39 PM   #4
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i have intrax on my ng. they are great, but i have to agree that the car sits extremely low right now. sometimes it is a hassle.

for example, a floor jack will not slide under the front of the car. i cant pull it forward up ramps unless they have an extremely low angle.

the handling is absolutely amazing, though. you just whip through turns with such confidnce. ive only had them on for a few months, so i cant say much about sagging. i know that a member of the saablink, oblivionwho (recently inactive) uses these springs for over a year maybe close to two years and i have no heard a single complaint.

keep your eyes open if your looking for them, there are some really great deals for these on ebay.
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Old 03-28-2005, 03:02 PM   #5
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thanks for the info. I've installed a lot of aftermarket parts on several cars but never springs.

not sure I trust myself on this project. Any ideas on installers?
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Old 04-01-2005, 11:43 AM   #6
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Saaber, I recently installed a set of these springs and have no complaints about them at all. They didn't lower the car any more than advertised, and the ride didn't suffer much at all. Besides you don't put performance springs on a car and expect it to ride like a caddy. Once you get a small taste of how should handle you'll be hooked. I'm ordering new poly bushings, koni's, and a rear sway bar this week. As for installing them yourself I say go for it. Here is a link to help you out, good luck!

http://photo.platonoff.com/Auto/
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Old 04-01-2005, 01:53 PM   #7
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Intrax springs - ng900

I just spent a full 12 hours this past wednesday installing these on my 900se. Even without getting it realigned the difference in handling is like comparing a big wheels to a mountain bike. I'm not trying to put anyone off of the idea of doing this, most of the time/hassle came from stuck tie rod ends, ball joints, and one brake rotor that didn't come off the steering knuckle until I beat on it in a bench vise to release the strut insert. I also spent a good amount of time grinding off rust and painting. Combined with the koni adjustables, it's like a completely different car. The fronts took about 5.5 hours a piece and the rears about an hour total.
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Old 04-01-2005, 09:12 PM   #8
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Having the right tools makes a world of difference. Fortunately Autozone will let you put a deposit down and borrow thier tools for free. You'll need the following tools if you don't have them: a balljoint seperator, spring compressor,1/2 inch breaker bar with a 32mm socket, a ratchet set, and some silicone spray which helps to get the bump stops off the rear springs.
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Old 04-02-2005, 03:17 AM   #9
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Thanks to Clyde and totalslaab for great info. This is just what I wanted.

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I'll chime in with my impressions. It's been a month and a half since I installed my Intrax springs with Bilstein HDs and other parts. The handling improved vastly, the ride did suffer, but not enough to put me off ;). If you're concerned about comfort, a set 16" wheels will provide a reasonable compromise.

I originally considered B&G springs sold by shox.com, but after seeing some pictures decided that they lower the rear too much, making the car look ridiculous. The Intrax setup looks just right to me. The ground clearance did decrease, I've managed to rip one of the side mudflaps on a speedbump, but had no problems otherwise, including the unplowed roads in Toronto. The hydraulic jacks I have still fit under the car with no problems. The ramps became too steep, so I had to buy ramp extensions to make the angle lower.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask ;)
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Dip,

Excellent site. I really like your DIY section.. very thorough.
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Old 04-03-2005, 07:00 PM   #12
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Dip, I didn't realize that was your web site. It was very helpfull when I installed my springs, thanks! Sorry I didn't give you credit for it when I posted the link, I just didn't know who it belonged to. There isn't a home button or link on the page with your installs.
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I just didn't know who it belonged to.
I don't mind people linking to the website, but you make a point here. I added a more visible disclaimer and copyright notice.
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Intrax for me?

I am looking at a set of intrax springs on E-bay at a little under $240 - thats with shipping included...

I have KYB Gas-A-Shocks and GR-2's in for a little over a year now and want to improve the handling more still. From what I've seen these are good springs, but what is the over all feel of the car? My friend has a civic thats lowered and its like riding on a skateboard. I also live in New Hampshire and the most even roads here are walmart parking lots.

I've been reading about bushings lately, how hard are they to install and which ones do I want to replace?

On the list is the rear sway bar and "clamp and brace". Maybe a 6 point subframe everyone is talking about if its available for my 96 900 se.
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Old 09-25-2005, 12:22 PM   #15
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my brother has intrax-koni on his 98 set & it's to stiff

handles great but for the roads here in ohio it sucks! My viggen is a LOT more comfortable in all conditions!!!!!!

If you throw intrax with the cheap/stiff KYB shocks I doubt you will have a comfortable ride, be skateboardish

intrax on a C900 is a different story, I used them for sevral years with koni's & they were actually to soft!!!!

unfortunantly not much available, I would just get better shocks
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