- Nov 14, 2013
- Chicago, IL
I've been thinking about replacing the suspension on all 4 corners of my Honda Element. It has a pretty short wheelbase and with its age, it's become bouncier. The Element is a keeper, so I was planning to buy whole OEM assemblies and do the installation myself. That should get me close to the original ride quality. However, for an acceptable amount more money, there are custom coilover setups that I could get with custom springs and damper valving. Originally, the kits were made to be able to lower Elements one or a few inches. However, I can also order the kit with longer springs of varying spring rate, then adjust the spring perch up higher, getting the same ride height, but with more spring. I think I could also potentially get a dual rate spring setup. So, help me understand what it takes to get better ride quality from the suspension. For now, let's assume the wheels/tires and ultimate ride height (stock) are constants, and that the shocks will always be valved appropriately for the spring rate. Is it just a matter of getting the softest spring that will hold the weight of the car? Thanks for any thoughts!