Re: the perils of lowering
Hey john, i have lowered all my 4 33's and love it, i do agree that they handle well as standard but have massive amounts of body roll. I only fitted powerflex bushes to my last two 33's, which made a huge difference and made the grin on my face even larger.
For a standard ride, changing 20 year old oem shocks and springs like for like cant be a bad thing.
Upgrading with a good set of springs and shocks for a tighter, less rolling turn in, using the recommended set up for our cars, either Eibach or H&R springs and Koni adjustable shocks is what i would recommend.
Cheap shocks and springs will ruin any cars handling, i have tried a few in my past and settled with the recommended.
After using 14" 15" and 16" wheels, again i would go for what is recommended 195 50 15"
I never had any problems with the panhard rod making the leading/trailing arms rub on the wheels with original wheels or with correct offset, until i fitted these wheels off a 155 narrow body. I would check the arms for bends and also check the bolts that hold them in are not bent.
I would also recommend to anyone that lowers their cars to get/make an adjustable panhard rod, if only to put the rear axle back to where it should be.
Holp that helps