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LOTEK shock/spring lowering kit review – 1995 4 door 1.9L

Discussion in '2nd Gen 1991-1996 1.8L DOHC' started by landrew, Jun 12, 2012.

  1. landrew

    landrew New Member

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    So I was given and 1995 Escort and it’s great. Nimble, peppy, seats 5 and great on gas. My TCO will never be this low ever again on a car methinks! So it handled very ill when I got it, especially noticeable in gravel and over bumps. It would dance around in the gravel and over bumps it would bump steer and then correct. I knew the alignment and shocks were bad. After a quick inspection I found a bad drivers rear shock, and both rear springs were broken giving me about 1- 1.5 inches more drop than stock. The fronts were leaking and over the course of a few months it was po-going really bad.
    Being cheap and liking a stiff ride I decided to gamble on eBay and found the Loteks for under $300 shipped to Canada. Typically just a pair of shocks only is about $120 on sale here so I was great deal all around.

    Installation was fine, a little tight in the rear so I had to preload them a bit while my son helped push down the hubs to get them in.

    They ride stiffer (anything would compared to blown shocks) and definitely offer much more control. Stiffer but not so much that it bothers me, it’s still smooth and soft enough to make gravel or small bumps fine, a Texas gate might be uncomfortable but the average train tracks are still fine. No one complains of the ride so I would say they are a great street spring rate. Street cornering is much much better with much less lean, the same with brake dive. It feels so much more composed on the highway compared to its floaty old self. Long term I can’t say if the springs will sag or seals will leak as it’s only been a few months. We will see how they survive Canadian winter.

    I had about 14.25-14.5 fender to hub in the front and now I have about 12.5-13, so roughly a 1.5”-2” drop.
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    GravyTrain FEOA Member

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    I put the Lotek struts and coilover sleeves on my 92 gt. It rides alot better then the stock struts that were in it. Considering they sucked ass, anything would be better. I bought them on Ebay for $259 with free shipping. I said what the hell. Thats a pretty good deal. I thought it was going to beat the hell out of me. But it actually rides good. Lol.
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    I paid $360 shipped for my kyb gr2's, great factory replacement but I guess if you are really tight on money and don't mind going with someone not so name brand these lotek's seem alright for a factory replacement.

    off topic but, where in Canada are you located landrew?
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    Anonym_Personage FEOA Donator

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    I put Tokico HP shocks and Eibach Ground Control coilovers through their first Canadian winter this year. They did well—the coilovers are still adjustable so that's a bonus. I wouldn't recommend them, though. The moment you lower the car's height the ride gets REALLY hard. Excellent for the track, but when you find yourself making lane changes everytime there's a bump in the road, it gets a bit much. ...Besides, the roads in Canada are smoother in the winter...after all the potholes are filled with snow :wink:
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    How low did the Tokico Shocks with Ground Control springs make the car? I really want to slam my escort but i can't find anything more than a 1.5 drop... Any suggestions?
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    EGTkid FEOA Member

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    How low did the Tokico Shocks with Ground Control springs make the car? I really want to slam my escort but i can't find anything more than a 1.5 drop... Any suggestions?

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