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dude baker 09-28-2014 11:18 PM

Lowered my 2015 N17 Sedan
 
That's right, less than 1k miles and I've already modified my suspension. I purchased a set of used (barely) 2014 sedan springs to modify. I ended up cutting about two full coils out of the front for roughly 2" of drop, and one coil out of the rear for about 1.75" of drop. With a full tank of gas, it sits like this.

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c3...psdsnu0jgj.jpg

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c3...psa62xamvp.jpg

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c3...psldmu9mbt.jpg

Now I know some of you will flame me for running cut springs, but honestly, the stock springs and struts on this car have way more height and travel than they need. The ride and handling are actually improved now, in my opinion, and the car feels much more planted on the road. Highway driving is much easier with the lowered ride height, cornering is better, and the struts/shocks do not bottom out. Until there are coilovers more readily available in the USA, this will have to do.

In the process of modifying my suspension, I also discovered that 1st gen (c11) rear springs can be modified to fit the N17 sedan. I had a spare set of Megan springs I used to experiment with. Cutting the bottom dead coil out of the spring will allow it to fit in the rear perch of the N17. The top coil is the same as the stock spring, and it does not need to be modified.
While the ride and handling were perfectly fine, the drop was just a touch too low (about 2.25") and I ended up with reverse rake. Here's a picture of the Megan spring I modified to fit my car, installed.

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c3...pshv4ptwcb.jpg

Unfortunately the front springs on the C11 have a much larger diameter, and they cannot be modified to fit the N17. I don't think you can transfer struts from the C11 either. The space in the fender well only allows for a very narrow spring and strut.

If anybody has any suspension questions about the second gen sedan, let me know. I have been under my car measuring, researching, and test fitting, so I have a pretty good handle on what's going on under there!

dude baker 09-30-2014 12:31 AM

Here are a few more pics for research purposes. I took close ups to show the fender gap after the drop.
Front:
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c3...pstz2ok2yt.jpg

Rear:
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c3...psngi91xqi.jpg

And here's a couple of what the rear spring perches look like.
Upper perch (The spring is dropped down to show the profile of the perch) :
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c3...ps86no8q4q.jpg

Lower perch:
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c3...psjwcweoxj.jpg

Grizzly_v2 10-01-2014 08:18 PM

Looks good man, fist time seen the n17 2015 sedans dropped.

JoshG 10-02-2014 09:13 PM

Looks good, much better than factory. :thumbsup:

dude baker 10-03-2014 10:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Grizzly_v2 (Post 184098)
Looks good man, fist time seen the n17 2015 sedans dropped.

Thanks Grizz - I was contemplating purchasing coilovers from a new company called Gecko Racing, but ultimately decided to start building an air ride setup for this car instead. The cut springs get me a more acceptable ride height in the meantime. :wink

Quote:

Originally Posted by JoshG (Post 184170)
Looks good, much better than factory. :thumbsup:

Thanks Josh - I responded to your PM.

versaswagg 10-08-2014 09:12 PM

it's sitting so nice.. I love it!

Johnnynizmo 10-09-2014 02:49 AM

Looks awesome! Must be great working under a brand spanking new car. No rust to fall into your eyes and mouth

14nismoversa 12-28-2014 02:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Grizzly_v2 (Post 184098)
Looks good man, fist time seen the n17 2015 sedans dropped.

Hey Grizzly,
How are you liking your megan coilovers? I'm thinking of buying those? Do you see a huge improvement in handling and ride height? do you feel every bump when you lower the car all the way 2 inches in the front and 1.75 rear? I just don't want to waste my time if its not a huge improvement in handling. I absolutely hate hate hate the stock handling of the car. Thanks

Grizzly_v2 12-29-2014 07:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 14nismoversa (Post 194274)
Hey Grizzly,
How are you liking your megan coilovers? I'm thinking of buying those? Do you see a huge improvement in handling and ride height? do you feel every bump when you lower the car all the way 2 inches in the front and 1.75 rear? I just don't want to waste my time if its not a huge improvement in handling. I absolutely hate hate hate the stock handling of the car. Thanks

yeah man, with the (MeganRacing) MR coilovers, it has 32 adjustable
so you can run supper stiff, or hella soft. one this is the springs are soft, don't know the spring rate or anything of it. i run semi stiff in front and semi stiff in the rear.

i have dropped it all the way in the front and i'm 3-4 inches off the floor from my bumber. and the rear i can go another 2-3 inches, so basically i can slam the rear.

but i'm on stock wheels/tires. so if i were to changes wheels and get smaller profile tires, i would be an inch off the floor.

this year im planing to get wheels and other things done to the versa to get my car the way i want.

Versa12 12-31-2014 03:41 AM

Nice job modifying your vehicle with so few miles on it!

Though I personally wouldn't ever cut springs, I am glad you are happy with the handling difference. Are you planning on changing out the shocks as well? I have zero idea what is available in terms of "performance shocks" but in in my experience in the Honda world, the factory shocks/struts won't last long at all with such an extreme drop. Have you got it aligned to see how it affected the toe and camber? Just something to keep in mind. Good Luck!


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