Got my H&R springs fitted yesterday and I’m getting back to you re my first impressions.
Like you I guess I had misgivings about getting it lowered. Especially 40mm, which is a big drop when compared to other cars. I wondered whether it would spoil the ride, whether it would make it impractical to use around town, whether it would make the tyres start rubbing against the bodywork, etc etc.
Once I got it back from the shop last night, I took it over one of the worst roads in town, one that has been dug up and reinstated every five minutes and I did not experience any bottoming out, shocks hitting the end of their mountings or anything like that as I bounced around doing about 70kph down the street. I probably concur with Jaques, that the original set-up must have been pretty stiff anyway.
What I also believe was the biggest test was driving four adult males around in it on the open road i.e. 120kph (we have pretty poor quality national roads here, compared to other developed countries) and I didn’t experience any problems either. So that’s with an extra load of around 300kg on the V6’s original 1350kg.
In terms of the visual impact, again I entirely agree with Jaques that with the original springs the car did sit way too high and needs lowering if only to reduce that unsightly gap between the tyres and the wheelarches. 155s also have that huge ass-end that needs a bit of height taken out of it. I have to say it hasn’t made a huge impact on the way the car looks. The bonus is I want to put on a front lip extension as well, and if the car was any lower I might have problems doing this.
I say go for it. I have absolutely no misgivings at all. I have kept the original springs just in case but I envisage they will just gather dust in the garage.
Cheers and good luck,