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im a cheap person, okay?

what are some cheap ways to improve suspension
 

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Nothing is cheap for the escorts! Poly bushings for the sway bars is the cheapest. Front strut bar next cheapest(the one from Ractive, the corksport bar works better though). Tires are the best upgrade(they are springs you know). After that you get into changing struts, coil over kits....the rest of the suspension bushings...all get expensive!
 

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I'll be the dissenting vote here.... after working on other cars, EVERYTHING is cheap for Escorts.

The master poly bushing set is under $100. Front and rear strut bras can be found on Ebay for like $40. The Tokico S/R springs can be found for under $200 shipped. Megan Racing springs can be found for $140 shipped. That's under $500 for a very decent setup for a car this light.

From there, sway bars and new strut mounts are probably your only "high dollar" items.
 

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crystal said:
I'll be the dissenting vote here.... after working on other cars, EVERYTHING is cheap for Escorts.

The master poly bushing set is under $100. Front and rear strut bras can be found on Ebay for like $40. The Tokico S/R springs can be found for under $200 shipped. Megan Racing springs can be found for $140 shipped. That's under $500 for a very decent setup for a car this light.

From there, sway bars and new strut mounts are probably your only "high dollar" items.
EXACTLY why I went back to building escorts. These are some of the cheapest cars you can find for modding without going HONDA or going with a Neon
 

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And at least parts exist, my old car 1985 Toyota Supra, most parts were "Class F" which means they no longer exist and never will again, and most performance parts were from forum vendors who ran specialty shops and charged top dollar because they knew they could. Front strut bar, just the front, just short of 300 dollars.
 

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And at least parts exist, my old car 1985 Toyota Supra, most parts were "Class F" which means they no longer exist and never will again, and most performance parts were from forum vendors who ran specialty shops and charged top dollar because they knew they could. Front strut bar, just the front, just short of 300 dollars.
Now if you owned an 85 300ZX you would not have that problem lol
 

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I was about to ask this same question, after driving my new wagon for a few days, the body roll is getting a little tiresome.

A couple follow ups: Are the S/R shock the best performance for the price? Or should I look at other shocks too? Of course price matters.

Also, i read that they are designed to work with Eibach's lowering springs (i assume the sportline?) Does anyone have this setup? Is this the "mild street" setup of choice?

Thanks for any input
 

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2nd and 3rd gens use struts, not shocks. And yes, the S/R struts give the best bang for the buck. They definitely are designed to work with lowering springs. I have been running Sprint springs on both of my cars, and really like the ride height and ride quality.
 

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Struts, not shocks, yes. My bad,

Are they rebuildable or no?

Just wondering if I should look for a used set or new.

Good to know I can look for similar springs, thanks!
 

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Just get new... they're cheap. You'd spend more rebuilding a set than buying new.

We run Tokico Blues and Megan Racing springs on our car, and it's not bad. Tokico Blues are the expensive way out, and not really worth the price tag.
 

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http://www.jegs.com/i/Ford+Racing/397/M-18000-Z2/10002/-1

They are the same price on summit, and if you look around a bit on here, I think someone posted a 10% discount code for summit.

in case that page is misleading, that is just the price for the struts.

Go on Ebay and you can find megan springs or a lot of other springs.

there is an ebay member that sells Eibachs really cheap too. I got mine for $180 shipped. Just PM him and ask him to list the springs for the escort if you want to buy them, I think his screenname is written600.

Dont forget, you may end up replacing strut bearings and mounts as well, so keep money in your budget for that. If you dont have access to a spring compressor and dont know how to use one, you will also have to pay someone to change the struts and springs for you.

Furthermore, if you do get the tokico shocks, you will need to use the front strut bearings and mounts for a ZX2, or drill out the opening in your stock mounts to fit the larger shaft. For the rear mounts you can use any 2nd or 3rd gen mounts.

:edit, if you are driving a 3rd gen, you can disregard my last paragraph, that is only for if you have a second gen.
 

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I wouldn't honestly suggest the Eibachs on these cars.... unless you're just into looks. The handling was downright scary.
 

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crystal said:
I wouldn't honestly suggest the Eibachs on these cars.... unless you're just into looks. The handling was downright scary.
But then again you are used to your celica.

I have the eibachs on tokico s/rs and I think it handles great. But also I added a larger rear sway and replaced all of the rear suspension bushings with poly-urethane a week before installing the springs and struts. I didn't drive it but may be 25 miles before, the springs and struts, so I don't know how much the bushings and sb helped over stock.
 

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Eibachs on escorts are perfectly fine for a Daily driver. It will improve handling vastly over stock springs. It is not a very large drop, so you dont have to worry any more about scraping than you do with stock. Plus once you get used to the feel of them, they provide extraordinarily predictable handling, while still being comfortable enough to drive on a regular basis if you need to make long trips even.
 

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escortrestorer said:
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Dont forget, you may end up replacing strut bearings and mounts as well, so keep money in your budget for that. If you dont have access to a spring compressor and dont know how to use one, you will also have to pay someone to change the struts and springs for you.
Thanks for the tip, I'll make sure to inspect everything before I do anything. The local stores here loan out spring compressors and other specialty tools, and I do plan on doing the work myself.
 

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crystal said:
I wouldn't honestly suggest the Eibachs on these cars.... unless you're just into looks. The handling was downright scary.
But then again you are used to your celica.

I have the eibachs on tokico s/rs and I think it handles great. But also I added a larger rear sway and replaced all of the rear suspension bushings with poly-urethane a week before installing the springs and struts. I didn't drive it but may be 25 miles before, the springs and struts, so I don't know how much the bushings and sb helped over stock.
That is true... but also keep in mind that the $140 shipped Megan Racing springs were a VAST improvement over the Eibachs, even using the same struts. That's all we changed. They even ride better, the car isn't wallowing all over the place, and it doesn't feel like it's going to tip over when you're making a right hand turn from a stoplight. :)

I would not recommend what i have on the Celica to anybody that will drive their car on the street more than an hour a week. I even hate it in ALL situations other than track work/autocross/Deal's Gap. I can't stand to drive the car to work.

The RSB probably helped you a lot... the rear was really the main scary part with the Eibachs from my experiences. Even Crystal couldn't stand the Eibachs, she was not comfortable with them, and she's never driven the Celica.
 

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Eibachs on escorts are perfectly fine for a Daily driver. It will improve handling vastly over stock springs. It is not a very large drop, so you dont have to worry any more about scraping than you do with stock. Plus once you get used to the feel of them, they provide extraordinarily predictable handling, while still being comfortable enough to drive on a regular basis if you need to make long trips even.
Progressive springs and predictable handling aren't anything that i would personally put in the same sentence.... but then again, it's all personal preference again. I know a lot of people like the Eibachs, and that's cool. Just sharing my personal experiences. :)
 

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crystal said:
escortrestorer said:
Eibachs on escorts are perfectly fine for a Daily driver. It will improve handling vastly over stock springs. It is not a very large drop, so you dont have to worry any more about scraping than you do with stock. Plus once you get used to the feel of them, they provide extraordinarily predictable handling, while still being comfortable enough to drive on a regular basis if you need to make long trips even.
Progressive springs and predictable handling aren't anything that i would personally put in the same sentence.... but then again, it's all personal preference again. I know a lot of people like the Eibachs, and that's cool. Just sharing my personal experiences. :)
once you get used to them, they get pretty predictable, and they are a vast improvement over stock. I like them for the fact that I have a wife and 3 small children that ride in my cars and it is more than a 4 hour drive to visit my in-laws. The Megan springs are a huge improvement in handling however when compared to the Eibachs, in that you are correct. Just wanted to clear it up with the OP however that the Eibachs are a reasonable choice and they are some of the most comfortable aftermarket springs available.
 

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do you guys know the spring rates you have on? Just wondering if there is a big difference between the Megan and Eibach rates.
 
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