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3rd gen lowering questions - please post pics!

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by MenaceMan47, Jun 1, 2014.

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    MenaceMan47 FEOA Member

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    I have a 1999 4-door sedan i'm freshening up. I've replaced the front and rear swaybar endlinks and rear swaybar bracket bushings with Energy components and I love how they firmed up the suspension. I recently bought a set of shocks and struts on ebay and want to replace the factory springs. I was doing a tire rotation last summer and noticed the rear springs were cut and welded (previous owner, I assume) so I don't know what the stock ride height of the vehicle is. I'm considering a 2-inch drop kit; I want to replace everything in terms of springs, shocks, and struts, but my car isn't the stock ride height so I don't know how low a 2-inch drop would really be on my car. Comparison pics or before/after pics would be awesome if you have them.

    I'm hoping you all could post your 3rd-gen vehicle pics (those of you who have installed drop kits) so I can get an idea of what's out there and get a better idea of what it would look like. I don't have aftermarket wheels/tires, so I'm hoping to keep a somewhat modified stock look. I have considered going with an aftermarket tire/wheel package down the road, but nothing soon.
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    Progress Technology 1.7 in front 1.5 in rear, gave a slight rake, looked good. I believe these springs are discontinued.

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    I really like that; it's subtle but still noticeable. I like the wheels you have; are those older escort wheels? I'm using my stock steelies painted w/black hi-temp engine enamel. They still look pretty good, too.
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    Thank you. Yes they are 93-96 Escort GT fanblades.
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    Did you need a corrective alignment after the drop?
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    Yes since the toe would be off.
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    I figured as much... I wasn't sure how drastic a 2" drop would change the alignment geometry. I'm due for a new set of tires anyways, so i'll probably do it all at once.
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    It's always recommended to re-align the car after you lower it.
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    probably one of the best drops which can be done. The red eibach used on the s/r is not too harsh and drops it like this

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    Gonna buy a set of M2 Performance springs this week; will install the springs on the shocks/struts and post pics before and after install hopefully in the next week or two.
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    Mines a '98 SE wagon that I bought a set of Gabriel Ultras and Megan lowering springs for. I finally got all the parts for the job so I will be doing it in the next few days. I'll try and document it as I go and post up a before and after photo along with progress photos for those that aren't so good spinning wrenches.

    John
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    M2 springs are coming this week, picked up a set of Gabriel Ultras on closeout months back on Ebay for $69 for the whole set, and will put together the springs and shocks/struts this weekend. Hoping to get everything mounted and aligned before Thanksgiving if my work schedule cooperates :p

    UPDATE: springs are in, should have everything together in the next couple of weeks LowSpringStrut.jpg
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    Did the install today; ended up having to replace the outer tie rod ends also. Test drive was great, and my 99 corners as flat as a board. Off to the alignment shop tomorrow for a 4-wheel alignment. I'm very happy with how my 99 handles. Next is tires and black satin paint. Here is a comparison pic of the factory and new spring, along with the new spring installed. More pics to come.

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    Here's how it looks now; I ended up having to replace the outer tie-rod ends and the lower ball joints also. Bodywork and paint is next on the list. I test-painted part of the rear of the vehicle with some hi-temp engine enamel, but it's going to stay black.
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