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I see they have some things in the Bean Garage in relation to shocks.

What are the performance values of custom shocks specifically in relation to the cube?

I can imagine it would be better for cube owners who live in more rural / dirt road communities, but would it offer any other benefit?

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Hello,

The springs offered on Bean Garage are mostly for lowering your car. It gives the car a more aggressive stance and offers better feel and handling on the road (especially corners) because of the lower center of gravity. There are several different manufacturers, each with their own specialty (lowest drop, best cornering performance, etc)

Changing your shocks would give a more "cushy" ride and would give you more tolerance on bumpy roads. Replacing your shocks is something commonly done when lowering a car with springs because it makes up for the harsher ride.

Let me know if you have any questions / any of this made sense ;D
 

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I've seen some custom cars/cubes with wheels that appear to bow out when the car is parked, and straighten out when driven. What is the deal with this and is it harmful to the vehicle? What are the advantages/disadvantages & safety considerations when doing this? Obviously these are lowered vehicles.......
 

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JC3 said:
I've seen some custom cars/cubes with wheels that appear to bow out when the car is parked, and straighten out when driven. What is the deal with this and is it harmful to the vehicle? What are the advantages/disadvantages & safety considerations when doing this? Obviously these are lowered vehicles.......
These cars most likely run a fair amount of camber to fit wider wheels under their fenders and prevent rubbing/scraping of the tires. There is a fair amount of debate on the safety of this, however the look it creates in the end is usually worth it to the drivers to have the best stance you can get. This is a growing trend to fit wide, aggressive wheels.

Are you referring to something like this?


With their wheels "straightening out" when driving, I'm assuming those people are on Air Suspension and raise the car up, and along with that, the camber is corrected to OEM standards.
 

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That's the look! I kinda like it because it is different, but I have had a very low truck before and driving gets to be a chore just to ensure you don't mess up your vehicle. Plus, I have a family and kids now.....just isn't the same....LOL.
 

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Bean_Garage said:
JC3 said:
I've seen some custom cars/cubes with wheels that appear to bow out when the car is parked, and straighten out when driven. What is the deal with this and is it harmful to the vehicle? What are the advantages/disadvantages & safety considerations when doing this? Obviously these are lowered vehicles.......
These cars most likely run a fair amount of camber to fit wider wheels under their fenders and prevent rubbing/scraping of the tires. There is a fair amount of debate on the safety of this, however the look it creates in the end is usually worth it to the drivers to have the best stance you can get. This is a growing trend to fit wide, aggressive wheels.

With their wheels "straightening out" when driving, I'm assuming those people are on Air Suspension and raise the car up, and along with that, the camber is corrected to OEM standards.
Hey Beans,

Do any of your springs require camber kits? Would a basic alignment keep everything neutral? Most folks don't realize that even a degree or two off can be co$tly when it comes time to buy new tires, especially well before they're evenly worn out. I'm looking to eliminate most of the fender gap, yet keep it as neutral as possible. Any recommendations?
 

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Hello,

None of the springs that are offered on my site for the Cube require any camber kits (unless your wheels are extremely wide for a small car.... like 9-10 inches wide). A simple alignment will definately fix any tires issues when lowering the car. I 100% recommend getting an alignment done after any sort of suspension work (springs, shocks, spacers, etc).

Lowering your car about 1.7-2.0 inches eliminates most fender gap, and if you are looking to get lower than that then you have to go other routes such as Coilover suspension or air ride. If you are just looking to have a comfortable daily driver Cube, then I would recommend the Tanabe NF210 springs. They are a very reputable company that makes suspension parts, exhausts, and chassis braces. These springs are ideal for the daily driver looking to not have that "4x4 lifted" look with their aftermarket wheels.
 

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thank you very much for the information.

I was wondering if you could do a comparison of the differences between the Tanabe and the Eibach springs.

I just got the 16" Alloy wheels put on my car, unsure of the tire size, what would be your recomendation for that particular setup? What advantages/disadvantages would I need to consider?

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Bean_Garage -

Is it a Front: 1.4 inches, Rear: 1.5 inches drop on the Cube for Tanabe NF210 springs? Just want to make sure it won't go lower then it would on the Versa. Thanks.
 

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Commando said:
thank you very much for the information.

I was wondering if you could do a comparison of the differences between the Tanabe and the Eibach springs.

I just got the 16" Alloy wheels put on my car, unsure of the tire size, what would be your recomendation for that particular setup? What advantages/disadvantages would I need to consider?

thanks.
Commando,

With 16" wheels, I would recommend the Tanabe springs. They drop the car a bit lower than the Eibachs do. With smaller wheels, you need to lower the car a bit more to make them look like they fit better. The Tanabe springs are more for appearance and lowering the car, whereas the Eibachs are more performance based for cornering, and also a tad less of a drop than the Tanabes.

With 16" wheels, you could really go with either set of springs and be fine on clearance or any sort of issues like that. Its just that the Tanabes drop the car a little more and reduce the fender gap a little more than the Eibachs. I believe the Eibachs would be a bit stiffer ride since they are more performance aimed.

Hope this helps you out.

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Bean_Garage -

Is it a Front: 1.4 inches, Rear: 1.5 inches drop on the Cube for Tanabe NF210 springs? Just want to make sure it won't go lower then it would on the Versa. Thanks.
After comparing the Versa weight to the Cube weight (Versa is about 70-80 pounds lighter), I think that the Tanabe springs would be only .05" lower than they would be on the Versa. The difference is hardly noticeable, so I wouldn't worry too much about it.

elDizzle_foShizzle said:
thx for the heads up, Beans! Can we get a GROUP BUY? ;D I'm thinkin the Tanabe's, I just wish the front had a better rake.

GROUP BUY! GROUP BUY! GROUP BUY!
:)
I am looking in to a group buy if there is enough interest...
 

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Can the alignment be adjusted in the rear? I have an 08 Fit and the rears can't be adjusted without the purchase of a camber kit. I know it was mentioned that a camber kit isn't need with any of these drops, but I was just curious. Also, if the Tanabe Versa springs work on the Cube, is it safe to say any springs made for the Versa will work on the Cube?
 

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Can the alignment be adjusted in the rear? I have an 08 Fit and the rears can't be adjusted without the purchase of a camber kit. I know it was mentioned that a camber kit isn't need with any of these drops, but I was just curious. Also, if the Tanabe Versa springs work on the Cube, is it safe to say any springs made for the Versa will work on the Cube?
Not sure about the alignment of the rear, you would have to visit your local shop for a better answer.

As far as the springs, yes, any spring for the Versa will work on the Cube.
 
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