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Aite..i dunt really wanna lower my car..but i wanna make it *look* low...any help? I already got the mx3 seats...so i feel low. What size wheels and rims will make it look low? 18's? 17's.....and i wanna keep thinks almost stock right now....(except minor things)...any suggestins oh great gurus? thanks!
 

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Why don't you want to lower it? My car has done nothing but drive better since I lowered it, and I haven't scraped it once (over some really rough mountainous roads and San Fran-like driveway entrances).

I'm a believer in "Sidewall to Fender Gap Ratio" A car will look better when the tire's sidewalls are no smaller than the gap between the sidewall and the fender. If you put 17s or 18s on a non-lowered car, it will look jacked up. The fender gap is twice as obvious when you've got a low profile tire.

If you put big rims on it, it's going to look like a stock height vehicle with big rims on it. The only way to make it look lowered, IMHO, is to actually lower it.
 

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Beaverboy said:
Why don't you want to lower it?
Well..i kinda *do* wanna lower it..i just thought it costs alot more to get it lowered (ie new shocks and springs...) than to get some bigger rims with low profiles from a jy...i dunno....and there's some pretty bad roads in Van City, so i would fo sure bottom out. I've already bottomed out afew times and i have stock suspension!!...plus, i think there's so much *adjusting* going on when u lower u car..and that can be alot that can go wrong too.....all in all it's all bout the $$
 

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You need a $20 set of spring compressors, a socket set, some metric wrenches, jackstands, a bench vise (or whatever you can find to hold the struts still while you compress the springs) and prefferably a torque wrench and you can install lowering springs by yourself in a day for $0.

The springs themselves would be cheaper than 17" or 18" wheels, even from a junkyard.

You won't find any stock wheels that size that will fit an escort.

The thing about lowering springs is that they're stiffer, so bottoming out isn't any more likely than bottoming out on stock springs (throw $160 into some Tokico S/Rs and you probably won't be likely to bottom out the suspension unless you try to go rock hopping or find some 8" deep potholes).

There's no adjusting w/ lowering springs.. you just put them on, have an alignment done and drive a little harder and a little faster. Adjustment comes when you start racing and buying adjustable parts.
 

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Yea..see it *sounds* simple... but i can't do that. I'm not very technical when it comes to cars...and when i DO simple things it takes me twice as long......and i don't really have anybody that can do it for me...so if i want it done, i gotta take it to a shop....which is big $$....

Did you do it yourself?
 

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im gunna look into lowering mine but i got a few other things i needa fix first like the weird noise comin from under my car hehehe
 

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Did you do it yourself?
Yeah. Took me about 6 hours of to do control arm bushings (front only), tie rods, ball joints, struts and springs. And I wasn't rushing.

If you can find some 16" or 17" that will fit, by all means, go for it, and get some good sticky rubber.. lowered or not.
 

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I can vouch for that fender gap thing. I put my wheels and tires on before i did my suspension, and it looked pretty jacked. It was pretty ugly, actually. I ran an autocross in the rain like that, too. understeer, ugh...

Anyway, if you intend on improving you car's handling, the best thing you can do is get a good set of springs and struts. a good roll bar won't hurt, either.
 

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Ok, weakscort, here goes my opinion, I'm strapped for cash like yourself and eventhough I work on heavy equipment at my work and am actually somewhat mechanically inclined, I am in Italy so tools are very hard to comeby. I wish I were in the U.S. now that I have found a car that I can do wonderful things with. Anyway, my suggestion to you is if your car is driving good, and things are ok with it, but you know in the back of your mind that you want it fixed up, then save payday by payday, and shop around and get estimates, go through your phone book and find out who does the best work and for the least amount of money. As your shopping around get opinions from people too what they think would look good for little to no amount of money. Anyway, that's what I would do, if I were in the U.S. right now, but seeing as how I am not....guess I'll just keep on keeping on..hehe..good luck cheap scort...let me know if Any of this makes sense.
later
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