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Discussion in '458 Italia/488/F8' started by axlesofevil, Feb 23, 2021.

  1. axlesofevil

    axlesofevil Karting
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    So I've seen a few threads about lowering the 458. While there are pictures, most of what I've seen have shown before/afters from different times of day, different angles, just generally poor quality, etc.

    I wanted to share with the community the best photos I could get from my car. Unfortunately they're at slightly different times of day, but it is what it is.

    I lowered mine 20mm (0.75") which I think is a decent amount. It may be able to handle another 5mm or so but I'm going to leave it as is.

    Before album: https://imgur.com/a/pCdUNGv
    After album: https://imgur.com/a/kGeildX

    And a few good pics:

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    Hopefully this will help someone someday.
     
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  3. ShadowLAP

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    I like the new look. The lowering looks practical for the street and not "slammed". Good choice. What did you do to lower it?
     
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  4. axlesofevil

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    Thank you! I installed Novitec springs and set the ride height to about 20mm lower than stock. My car has the front axle lifter so you have to use aftermarket springs like Novitec. You can't adjust the factory springs.
     
  5. Mikael-F360

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    The OEM coilover nuts seize up very easily when adjusting them. You got lucky because it didn't happen. Good job, car looks great!
     
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  6. cole328

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    So subtle in appearance, but makes ALL of the difference.....makes you wonder why the car didn't come that way from the factory...nice job! Curious..any change in the handling characteristics?, or is this all cosmetic?
     
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  8. viperf430

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    That is the exact amount I want to lower my 458.
    I'm confused though. I have been looking at lowering my 458 spyder ( with front lift). I have seen multiple 458's lowered in person with the Novitec springs and it was too low for my taste. ( much lower then yours)
    How did you lower it only .75 inch with the Novitec springs? I thought you could only lower it by that amount by adjusting the stock springs.
    Can someone confirm that you can not lower the 458 with a front lift by adjusting the stock suspension?
     
  9. Mikael-F360

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    You CAN lower with stock springs even if you have front lift. But you can lower only 15mm. That is the limit. Without lift you can go down 50mm if you wish. But that is madness.
     
  10. axlesofevil

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    I can tell you that the handling was not adversely affected. I haven't really driven it much except around town so I can't report too much on the at-the-limit characteristics. The primary purpose of lowering was for aesthetics. Any handling benefits is a nice bonus.
     
  11. axlesofevil

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    Novitec springs are adjustable. You can go very low and basically "slam" the car but I wouldn't recommend that. I think the 20mm area is the perfect balance of good looks and performance/scrape avoidance.
     
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  13. Borrow’d Mine

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    Spacers? 15/20 perhaps
     
  14. axlesofevil

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    No spacers. Yet. I have them on my M3 and like them there. Maybe I’ll do them soon.
     
  15. VelocityTexas

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  16. axlesofevil

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    Nice. Yeah looks good. Maybe 30mm+ for yours. I think they can handle a good amount of drop without looking "slammed".
     
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  17. Giallo27

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    Can someone tell me what’s the spring rate N/mm of these novitecs?

    Thanks
     
  18. axlesofevil

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    I'm fairly certain the spring rate is progressive. To account for the lowered ride height the spring rate increases as the springs compress.
     
  19. synergy

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    I have had Novitec springs on my 2015 458 for 6 years now and have had a great experience, no issues whatsosever and the ride quality is fantastic!
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  20. ridege55

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    Stunning! Love the color, the wheels, and the stance.
     

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