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ok.... so the 2nd gen escort gt rims..... honestly, do they look better with or without the hubcaps? and would i be ok taking them off or should i put locking lugs on them if i do decide to remove the hubcaps? i would probably leave them on in the winter, but i think they look better without them... just, what is your guys' opinion?
 

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for the love of christ, keep the hubs on!!

the only time i've seen them look better w/o the hub caps is on the '91-92 GT's with the huger 5-spoke fan design. that was it.

and no one's going to wanna steal stock escort rims. the hubcaps aren't going to stop anyone if they want rims bad enough. locking bolts are for aftermarket nonsense, you're going to be fine.
 

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I run mine without the caps and I think it looks a million times better... but then again, it's also lowered too.

Well, actually, my sister's festiva is going to hell, so I'm liquidating all the stuff from my escort GT and selling it. So if anybody wants over a thousand dollars worth of really nice suspension goodies, PM me and I'll see if I can work out a deal. Anyway, here she was, but in a couple years of my sis's abuse it's going to be a rusty piece just like the rest of em...

 

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Well, I think it'd look better if you had chrome lug nuts on it instead of the normal ones, but without it you get the dingy old ones and your wheel-studs or whatever you wanna call 'em showing. :\
 

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I've seen both. They do look better without them if it's a clean rim. If it's all corroded and dirty inside do us a favor and keep them on. There's a fellow from team ZX2 who's got a white ZX2 with the 7 spoke EGT rims powder coated black, no hubs. They almost look like a Rota. Really nice job he did on those. BTW I was playing around at the wreckers today and they had a set of those rims in the yard. Those rims are really light. I think changing those things out would actually slow your car down because anything else is probably heavier.

EDIT: Sirigan, what kind of goodies are you parting out?

Matt 8)
 

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Well, I've got eibach springs on all fours, ground control camber/caster plates in the front, tokico blues for all fours, ground control ride height adjustment thingies for all fours, eibach camber cam bolts for the rears, and a quickor swaybar for the rear. The quickor swaybar is the 1" and as most of you probably already know, it is no longer manufactured. :)

It'll make your escort handle like it's on rails... I'm really sad to see it go. For street use, it's fantastic. A little overdamped though.
 

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Are you saying that you have Ground Control coil-overs?

How much for everything? What are the spring rates for the Springs front and rear?

I want a comfortable controlled ride. Nothing harsh.

What can I say, I am getting old.


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Yep, I've got the GC coilovers. I'm asking 600 + s/h for everything, and the spring rates are 53 N/m for the front and 35 N/m for the rear.

I'm not going to lie, the ride is definetly harsh. It's outstanding for autocross and street-only use, but it's not a setup that you can take on back roads at 100mph or anything. Even medium sized bumps in other cars are like mountains with this setup. But I will tell you that it improves the balance and responsiveness of the car tenfold, and after having driven with it for a little while, I wonder how I ever lived with the stock suspension.
 

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Way too stiff for me. I wonder how much a softer spring set will cost. Also, wold you be willing to sell parts seperatly?


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The quickor bar is the largest one you can get, right? If the insurance money from the wreck I was in comes my way, I'm interested in whatever'll fit on my car.
 

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The quickor is the largest you can get, as far as I've seen. Honestly, anything bigger and you'd get fourth wheel chatter in turns. I've seen it happen before. It happens all the time with a civic I've seen autocross.

And I'd like to keep the suspension as a set. I may part out just the swaybar, but that's it.
 

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Well, if I get a full deal from this car insurance thing I'll have around fifteen hundred (that's how much I got last time) to fix my car with. The damage isn't such that it will rust, I don't think, so I may not fix the body damage, in favor of buying a new computer or fixing my suspension. :\
 

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This applies more to the smooth ride posts than the original hubcaps discussion...I vote for hubcaps by the way lol. About four years ago I got new tires. I didn't get the lil ones meant for scorts. It was a lot less expensive to get the ones the next size up and they fit right too.

I don't know really anything bout tires, but getting that next size up was a great thing. My car rides a lot smoother and it sits up just a touch higher so as not to feel so much like your in a go cart. It even looks better than those lil ones I think.

I'm not talkin bout big monster tires or anything. It's not something anyone even notices, but it does make a difference, that's all I know lol. I dunno if it's bad to have the next size up, but I've had em four years no problems.
 

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Haha I'd give you $50 a month for a year if you gave them to me and helped with the install :)
 

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Kim said:
My car rides a lot smoother and it sits up just a touch higher so as not to feel so much like your in a go cart.
Oh man... you guys should have driven my car. The pic I posted earlier was before I lowered it more. When you got into the car it was almost like you were sitting on the ground :)

And bigger wheels won't hurt your car. However, running different sized wheels on the fronts will put a ton of wear on your differential gear, which is why spare tires are "speed rated" to stay under 55mph.

Bigger wheels will also give you a lower-than-actual speedometer reading.
 

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Haha thanks. If there's one thing I've learned in life, it's that nothing beautiful lasts. Kinda like that time I put my girlfriend into the wood chipper...


Other things for sale: I've got a box full of random escort parts. I've got a black 3-piece GT wing, grille, interior parts, etc etc etc.

Also, random fact: the stock VAM on the FESTIVA is the same size as the stock VAM on the EGTs. They're different letter codes though. What a ripoff. Farking ford holding back the escort to make the mustang look better. *clenches teeth*
 
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