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I have some questions I have not been able to find answers to anywhere else.

Question 1, Somewhere I got the idea that GT's sat an inch lower than other Escorts, is that true?

#2, If that is true, what parts do I need to get from the GT to lower my normal 1.9 powered Escort?

#3 Does lowering my 1.9 powered Escort have any detrimental effects on my drive axles or trans axle?

Thank you for your input!
 

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gt and lx escorts of all generations sit the exact same height, use the exact same suspension. lowering it can affect the cv joints long term, but its not going to greatly reduce the life span of the parts
 

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I know hardly anything about second gen GTs, as far as I know second gens were 100% the same.

But fist gens had a different setup and did sit a tick lower. On the base GT the springs were different and you had a rear roll bar
Struts, arms and CV/axles were the same.
On more optioned out GTs you have koni struts and the TRX stuff.

Anyway long story short lowing the car as marclar stated is not going to reduce the life the parts by much.
If you have a first gen all you need is the springs. The ride would also be more firm with GT springs.
 

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Thanks a lot guys, I have one more question then. The GT I have access to is a 1991. I'm thinking of getting the rear disc brakes and master cylinder from it. Do I need to get the front disc's too (that is, are the front brakes on a 1991 GT the same as those on the front of my 1995 1.9)?
 

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Thanks a lot guys, I have one more question then. The GT I have access to is a 1991. I'm thinking of getting the rear disc brakes and master cylinder from it. Do I need to get the front disc's too (that is, are the front brakes on a 1991 GT the same as those on the front of my 1995 1.9)?
Fronts on a GT are larger than your LX, so you'll want them. If you're doing the rear disc you want the proportioning valve on the rear axle (hoping the car isn't from the rust belt as it is awful to remove if the car was in a rust prone location)
 

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Thank you Downshift. Proportioning valve on the rear axle? That will be a booger to get because the car is without wheels and siting on the ground, The only prop valves I knew of are the ones on the master cylinder. That is why I mentioned the master cylinder. To everyone reading this, I have a list of stuff to pull from every Escort I see in the salvage yards and proportioning valves are on that list because, as far as I know, they DON'T MAKE THEM ANYMORE, NOR ARE THERE ANY REBUILD KITS and they WILL FAIL. If they're not leaking grab them, label them front and rear because they are NOT interchangeable and put them in a zip lock bag. I also note the year, mileage and type of brakes the car is equipped with. If they're rusted in place grab the master cylinder and/or cut the tubes, you can remove them in a vise at home.
 

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I have a couple of 95 Escort GT Master Cylinders WITH proportioning valves new in box. Beck/Arnley. They are for automatics but I just pried off the reservoir and used my old reservoir when I used another one of them on my 98 ZX2 with MTX and rear disc brakes. If anyone is interested let me know and I will put them out on the classified section. As far as I know they only have the proportioning valves on the master cylinder. I am running an EGT rear disc setup on one ZX2 and a stock ZX2 rear disc setup on another and both of them didn't have any proportioning valve on the rear suspension subframes when I pulled them at the junkyard.

Also I don't know about the EGT suspension being shorter but the ZX2 SR had stock Tokico shocks in the front that were 1 inch shorter assembled height than the regular stock Escort ZX2 units and they just bolted right into my first Escort sedan. They came with Eibach springs on both front and rear shocks and lowered the ride by about 1 inch. I am now running KYB GR2 shocks with H&R springs in my son's ZX2 with pretty much the same lowering and ride. Improved the handling and have been going strong for 40K miles
 

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Fronts on a GT are larger than your LX, so you'll want them. If you're doing the rear disc you want the proportioning valve on the rear axle (hoping the car isn't from the rust belt as it is awful to remove if the car was in a rust prone location)
Not necessarily. Plenty of LX models had the larger brakes, you have to measure the rotors to be sure. 10.25" is the larger size. The proportioning valve also isn't on the rear axle. On a 91 I think I remember reading that it's mounted to the fire wall or it's part of the master cylinder like on all of the other years.
 
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