Maxton Suspension for my Calibra 8V

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Maxton Suspension for my Calibra 8V

by mraraju » Tue Dec 03, 2013 9:15 pm

Hi,

I use to be a member many many years back, until an accident put my car off the road. It is finally making a comeback!

As part of its resurrection I am looking to get a full suspensions kit.

I have found a full Maxton set for £165

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vauxhall-Cali ... 4144c82df8

Does anyone have any opinions on them? Or anyone know of anyone who is selling ?

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Re: Maxton Suspension for my Calibra 8V

by Calibra_Mike » Tue Dec 03, 2013 11:02 pm

You're better off going for some bilsteins or standard shorts are made by KYB at the end of the day you'll get what you pay for. I purchased some cheap unknown shocks from Germany and the lasted about 6 months. Go with something trusted and recommended by others, I'm sure someone else will be a long in a min to say something similar ;)
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Re: Maxton Suspension for my Calibra 8V

by craigyboy » Tue Dec 03, 2013 11:17 pm

I put on Apex springs and bilstein shocks but it was a hard ride.
So i've changed the front shocks back to standard and it's made
a big difference.
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Re: Maxton Suspension for my Calibra 8V

by mraraju » Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:25 pm

I found a GMax setup for 220, but I can get other combinations.

Does anyone have any opinions? I will be keeping the standard vauxhall alloys (15" 205 55 15). I don't really want to lower it. But the springs I am finding are lowered by 40 mm is this still going to be ok?

I dont mind a slightly firm ride, but nothing that will be shaking my fillings out.

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Re: Maxton Suspension for my Calibra 8V

by Teejay » Wed Dec 04, 2013 7:20 pm

My daily has Bilstiens, might swap them on to my 3.2 as I prefer the ride
The g- max kit was OK but the Bilstiens was a much more positive ride


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Re: Maxton Suspension for my Calibra 8V

by craigyboy » Wed Dec 04, 2013 8:21 pm

With Bilsteins you feel every bump on the road.
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Re: Maxton Suspension for my Calibra 8V

by Fraz » Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:41 pm

craigyboy wrote:With Bilsteins you feel every bump on the road.


that's because they are meant to be stiffer than standard, so you can go round corners better.....if we ever do another highland tour...you will see what a set of bilsteins can do round a corner :D
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Re: Maxton Suspension for my Calibra 8V

by v6 steve » Wed Dec 04, 2013 10:04 pm

it all depends what you use your car for if its your daily and you just want a comfy rid i would just buy std ones but as said if you want to drive her a bit harder and have fun in and out the corners Billys are the ones iv got H&R springs on the v6 and ebac on the turbo and find both good
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Re: Maxton Suspension for my Calibra 8V

by mraraju » Thu Dec 05, 2013 12:10 am

It will be my daily driver. So something relatively comfortable which is an improvement from the originals.

Are KYB the oem shocks and springs?

I don't mind the GMAX set up, as long as it isn't really harsh. As I said before I will be running the standard wheels.

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Re: Maxton Suspension for my Calibra 8V

by mraraju » Fri Dec 06, 2013 12:11 pm

I have decided just to go for OEM. From what the reviews seem to be the GMAX are pants and I am not really after a sporty ride.

Thanks for the input!
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Re: Maxton Suspension for my Calibra 8V

by craigyboy » Fri Dec 06, 2013 5:42 pm

I would just stick to the original suspension for every day driving mate.
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Re: Maxton Suspension for my Calibra 8V

by v6 steve » Fri Dec 06, 2013 7:06 pm

craigyboy wrote:I would just stick to the original suspension for every day driving mate.



total agree new stock suspension will be so nice and will handle 100 x better than 16 year old ones
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Re: Maxton Suspension for my Calibra 8V

by Allys Cally » Fri Dec 06, 2013 7:30 pm

wouldn't be a bad idea to replace the rear donut bushes on the rear subframe as well while your doing the springs and shocks. you'd be surprised how much of a difference they'll make in the handling of the car as well
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