when i installed the Intrax lowering springs in my Cutlass, i also installed KYB jounce bumpers/boots (they are one integrated piece). well it turns out that the Intrax springs provided so much drop, that the car actually sat on the jounce bumpers. this of course made the front end completely stiff as the car was right on the jounce bumpers. i had my brother raise the car with a hydraulic jack and slowly lower it while i looked at the jounce bumper. sure enough, the jounce bumper contacted the top of the strut before the car was even off the jack! since the KYB jounce bumper and boot is an integrated piece i can't simply cut it in half because then the boot would be gone. today i took the front strut/knuckle assemblies back out of the car and removed the KYB jounce bumper/boots completely, then put the strut assemblies back in the car. i wanted to see how much suspension travel their actually was. the front end of the car is probably close to an inch lower now (ALOT lower than my old Eibach springs), and i can actually bounce the car unlike before.
do i really need to put jounce bumpers back in, or boots for that matter? i would have to get the Monroe brand strut boots and jounce bumpers since they are separate pieces and i can easily cut the jounce bumper in half and still install the boot. my rear struts have no boots (coilovers) and the struts still lasted for a long time. i'm just wondering if i really need the strut boots/jounce bumpers up front or if i can do without them. the Intrax springs are really stiff and i can't see the suspension compressing that much anyway. besides, i drive the car carefully and it is no longer my daily driver anyway. also, a jounce bumper would take away more suspension travel....
anyone here with lowering springs running without jounce bumpers or boots? if not what do you use?