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I came to this site a few days ago to research a problem I have been having. I'll let you know later if what I learned worked out. I have owned my 2001 Spyder GT since 2005. I bought it used for a commuter car. Apparently it came from Las Vegas. It had been a rental car before it was sold at auction when it's lease expired. After I retired I kept it. It has needed some attention over the years. The suspension got to where it was pretty pounded. I upgraded mine to Koni adjustable shocks. A stiffer sway bar was also added to that package. In it's rental days someone curbed the right two wheels. So during the upgrades they were replaced as well. Now 17"X8.5" with Dunlop rubber is now in place. I am a retired old guy, so the engine is stock. Going to hang around this site for a while and see what pointers I can pick up. ...J.D.
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The tech should have told you there more to it than just driving a bunch of miles. There are six Drive Cycles, and some have very specific requirements you have to meet. Like DC 1 requires you to have less than 2/3 tank of gas. So when you have time to mess with it, go to the free factory service manual at and check out the Drive Cycles listed in section 13B page 10. Use your OBD reader to figure out which Drive Cycle you need to complete, then go execute the DC how ever many times it's required.
I read about a zillion posts, articles, and testimonials, trying to decide between coilovers and lowering springs. Everyone says something different about coilovers vs lowering springs, and I think it depends on their priorities (ride quality, handling, and looks).

I needed to replace the original OEM shocks anyways, and I wanted the car to keep a nearly-OEM feel because it's my DD. I wanted a slightly lowered look, but not "slammed", and I definitely did not want it to feel like I was on a covered wagon going over railroad tracks all the time. In other words, I wanted to lower it some but not at the expense of ride quality.

In the end I read too many posts here that said "The single worst thing you can do for ride quality is install coilovers." That pushed me over the edge and I went with lowering springs. The ride is about the same as OEM, as best as my uncalibrated butt can tell. I set my KYB AGXs to 1 or 2.
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Gee... Thanks for the tip J.D. I never thought of that... I will have to order a new set of originals cause I tossed out the old stuff. Thanks again... you may have saved me a ton of grief and money.
Yes, but if you go back to OEM springs you're going to have the large OEM wheel gap. Even if you have KYB AGX struts and shocks.
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