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I am looking to upgrade hardware when the time comes to replace. Might be sooner, could be a year from now.

Also, what springs are you using?

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I had Bilsteins on my 2006 LE. They raised the rear an inch. Hated the look but the car was on rails. My 2008 S has the bilstein lowering set
Shocks and springs. B12-pro-kit
 

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B12? It lists B6 on andysport.com.

How long did you have them on your Rolla? Thinking of using this setup along with lowering springs. Due to budget, looking to get money's worth on this setup.
 

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Looks like B8 dampers with lowering-springs added. These have shorter stroke for lowering springs along with slightly stiffer-damping for reduced travel.
 

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Cool. I saw in one YouTube video where it was mentioned that the front struts had to be cut in the front and rear strut body.

Did you need to make this mod as well?
 

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Cool. I saw in one YouTube video where it was mentioned that the front struts had to be cut in the front and rear strut body.

Did you need to make this mod as well?
I can't speak of an XRS but it just dropped in like OEM.
Can you link video? Sounds fishy to me....
 

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Cool. I saw in one YouTube video where it was mentioned that the front struts had to be cut in the front and rear strut body.

Did you need to make this mod as well?
Not body, but the spindle clamp ear corners need minor trimming.
 

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They just popped in for me. No trimming. Dont know anything about xrs. The guy says hes the only one in the country running them. I think he smoked too much crack lol I think the XRS is lowered a little so i am guessing if you put the HD bilsteins on, it may raise it a little because those HD's are stiff
 

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The normal bilsteins were on my 2006 LE 140,000 miles and still going strong. I just put the B12 kit on my 2008S so very little miles
 

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Bilsteins are some of best dampers available. For models that don't have direct replacement, I use their inserts and build my own struts for them. Some zips with TIG and we're done!



 

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Bilsteins are some of best dampers available. For models that don't have direct replacement, I use their inserts and build my own struts for them. Some zips with TIG and we're done!



@DannoXYZ, you do very great work. I'd love to do something like the work you do, but sadly, no welding skill to speak of.

I learned that Bilstein will sell a set with eibach lowering springs. Don't think it's worth it though. B12 and B14 looks great.
 

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I recently installed Bilsteins B12 kit on my 2007 Corolla CE. The B12 kit consist of Bilstein B8 dampers (same valving as B6 dampers but shorter stroke) and Eibach Pro-kit. Got the kit from RockAuto.

Let me know if I can help.
 

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B8 dampers in B12 kit have about +5-10% stiffer damping than B6 to match higher rates of lowering springs and shorter stroke.
 

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@DannoXYZ, you do very great work. I'd love to do something like the work you do, but sadly, no welding skill to speak of.

I learned that Bilstein will sell a set with eibach lowering springs. Don't think it's worth it though. B12 and B14 looks great.
Yeah, just start with B6 for now. Then if you really want to lower car later, go with Ground Control coilover conversion (comes with Eibach springs). Then you can pick exact spring-rate you want.
 

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Thanks for the info.
 

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Or for the price difference BC coilovers are about 100 more
 
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