I guess it depends on what you consider a good ride. Coil overs as with any other performance spring stiffen the ride quite a bit while also lowering the car to provide a lower center of gravity. There are a lot of factors that make them a performance spring other than that, but nonetheless, your "quality" of ride will stiffen up drastically.
My 93 EGT with Intrax springs and Tokico struts "handles" awesome. Cornering with that combination along with the 1" rear swaybar is amazing. If your used to driving grandmas cadillac, then youd say my car rides like the back end of a pickup truck. Its a bumpy son of a gun. The low profile tires also add to the bumpiness as they have very little sidewall to absorb shock.
Truth be told, the car will really rattle your bones on a very bumpy road. On normal streets, it really isnt that bad, but intersections prove to be a bit jarring sometimes. As far as handling goes, the car turns like a go-kart and seems very responsive. Its a trade-off; one that youll have to decide wether or not its worth it.
Keep in mind that all setups are a bnit different, some not as bumpy as others, some more stiff. But no matter the type, they all get a little bumpy. Ive ridden on the Weapon R coik over kit with tokico struts and it handles great, but is a little harsh on the bumps. More so than my Intrax/Tokico combo. Again, theres another trade-off. The Coil overs are a bit harsher yet than mine, but Id rather make that trade for adjustable height. THats a nice plus with coil overs. I hear tell that the Eibach coil over combo isnt as harsh as the Weapon R, but I cant say for sure.
Depends on how low you go. The lower, the worse the ride. Of course any aftermarket spring will give a more harsh ride than stock. But I guess the answer to your question is yes, they do ruin the ride quality. You lose ride quality but gain better handling and control (assuming the whole suspension setup is correct).
hmmmmmmm lemme ask you this If you were in my shoes would you go for it? The car is my everyday driver the only car i have i want it to handle good(its a sedan so handle as good as a sedan could) and be very low.
edit: sorry i didnt thankyou guys it helped alot its just now i need to decide if i wanna do it.
95: I lowered my LX about an 1.5" and I love them. The ride is stiffer but I can take corners a lot better and my car looks even better too. Like Sleeper said, you sacrifice some ride quality when you lower a vehicle but I think it's well worth it. Next car I get I will be lowered again for sure. :wink:
Well as I wirte this my car sits on the Weapomn R coil-over Kit with tokico struts (Dirty Jim's Bro here) and my car can turn on a dime but yes the ride SIGNIFICANTLY stiffer, it sux at first but I've grown to like it. The handling improvement FAR outweighed the ride comfort issue.
If I were you I'd snag the Ground-Control Setup. the Weapon R's are cheaper but I think maybe the GC's are a better ride/product
Due to the WAY swaybars work (they counteract body lean), if you throw on thicker swaybars, you will decrease lean in corners, REGARGLESS of suspension.
However, when traveling in a straight line down the road, the swaybar will neither stiffen or soften the ride at all. This is because when you hit a bump, the swaybar rotates EQUALLY on both sides of the control arms.
Thus... if I were you, I'd upgrade the SWAYBARS first. They will give you the soft ride you like when you're pimpin da hoz, and they will also really help kill the body roll in the turns. It's the best of both worlds, and you can use the upgraded swaybars if you upgrade the suspension to boot!
You can make it handle as good as any other escort. The suspension is the same on all of them (91-96 I should say). I am running intrax springs (-1.75"), tokico zx2 sr struts, a 1" rear sway bar, and front strut tower bar and it turns excellent and has minimal body roll. If you want it really low than coilovers are basically the only way to go anyway, and no they won't rattle your car apart, but the car will make lots of rattling noises lol.