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So I have wanted to lower my car for a LONG time...and I found some coilover's on eBay so I decided to buy them. After about 2 days of work, me and a friend have observed that I cannot put these on, because the stock struts are too big! :( So...I looked into some struts, and it seems as though everyone likes the Tokico best...but, it says they are only for NON ABS vehicles...right? Or am I wrong...What should I do guys, i need to do it soon before my inspection REALLY runs out. haha.
Most Escort's have ABS standard, and I have it, so what to do....

Please help!!
 

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It is a problem with the brake line clip that mounts to the strut. The Tokico either don't have them or they are not they wont fit the ABS lines.

Most people have use Zipties carefully to secure the lines.
 

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What part is too big? If it is a metal ring at the top of the strut body you can take a hammer and bang it off and then the springs will fit over it. If it's something else then I don't really know :? .
 

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The metal piece that is too big, thats the circular disk on the bottom of the spring. I don't know what you would call the piece, but it is the piece that i believe the coilover should rest on...so i guess that would be the top of the strut.
So then Tokico's can be used??....I didn't exactly understand your reply egtdude.. can you say it again and help me out.
What struts should I get if I want to put these coilovers on!! I need to know soon.
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Well, two friends of mine were working on it on Monday morning while I was in class(college....eh) and they couldn't get these coilovers on because of that they said... I'm gonna get a description from them and post in on here this afternoon. None of you guys had this problem while puttin yours in?
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...I haven't bought shocks though. I bought coilovers, and was told that i needed new Struts to put the coilovers on..
 

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Jeff,

The reason they list it for non ABS cars is the clip the should retain the brake line either doesn't fit or is non existant. You can still use those struts you just need to come up with a way to safely hold the line to the strut.
 

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Right on! Sounds good...If its possible, does anyone have a picture of their lowering assemblies..struts, springs and all? I would like a picture if possible, just to make sure things are done right.
The deal was I could not install the coil overs because of the lower perch, the new springs (due to their much smaller diameter) did not sit well on the perch, they only made contact in 2 places...both of which were on welds. I do not feel comfortable putting the full weight of the car on 2 welds and the 3 set screws. But egtdude said the Tokico's will work, I just have to find some sort of restraining device for the brake line. Any suggestions?
 

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No I can't put a picture up..not right now at least. All i need to know...for those of you that have lowered your Escort's..have you put in new struts and new springs, or only new springs with the STOCK struts? That's the whole ordeal. I have stock struts, at the bottom of these struts is the metal large disk, i presume its the like restraining point for the springs. Remember, the stock springs are REALLY big, about 2 times the size of coilovers. That is why I need new struts because the coilovers aren't going to fit over these.... k?
 

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I'll say it again..

Any struts/shocks you buy will have the same size spring perches on them. The sleeve isn't supposed to drop down any further than the perch.


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You need new, stiffer shocks when installing stiffer springs because the stock shocks will not be stiff enough to dampen the stiff springs.. and then your stock shocks will overheat and wear out very quickly... and then your car will bounce like a trampoline.
 

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Haha, that underlines the entire problem in the first place. My car will not pass inspection until I replace the back springs. They are cracked, and need replaced....I already had my coilovers when I was told this, so it worked out well. I know regular springs don't cost that much, but I'm not gonna waste more money on springs, when I already bought the coilovers.
 

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that tramoline part is no lie.. man ith my previous escort when the struts and springs broke i felt like croc hunter in the safari.. id hit one little bump and id almost fly out the car..
 

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I think I know what your getting at here. Yeah I had the same concern but stopped caring.. The perch and hell the old springs even when compared to the new coilovers seem overly large almost like the springs shouldnt go on the car...

Anybody that has the tokico struts.. are yours really easy to compress cause I got mine from oemfordparts.com a few days ago and I can easy compress them the full way..
 

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Gas charged shock. Place it upright and then compress it by hand a few times.. it'll get firmer. Then try to compress it quickly.. try not to jab the rod through your hand. If it's been lying down in the box the whole time and you pick it up and move it.. you're just moving the piston through some of the gas (nitrogen). The Tokico S/R fronts are much stiffer than the stock fronts.. you can see how much larger the front piston rods are.

If you have to twist the shaft (piston rod), then I didn't know that.. and must have done it by accident. 8O *shrug*
 
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