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Need new struts/springs...suggestions?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by Chris0nllyn, Sep 7, 2011.

  1. Chris0nllyn

    Chris0nllyn New Member

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    Ok, so I had my car (96 LX) in the air the other day and noticed my springs were broke in the back. It's been making noise for some time, but I guess I can't put it off any longer.

    I found some coilovers that I would like to use, but I'm not sure what struts to get. I would like to lower it and get some Miata "daisy" wheel down the road.

    Anyone have recommendations, and pic would be helpful also...espceially w/ daisy wheels!

    Thanks
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    crazycarl88 New Member

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    tokico s/r's are pretty much the only way to go, but coilovers aren't really the best on these little things as the rates are always much too high. i run megan racing springs on tokico s/r's and the whole setup will run you less than $400
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    Thanks for the reply.

    I looked online, and I see that you need some type of upper mount for the S/R's to work on 91-96 Escorts?

    Also, do you have any pictures of your setup?
  4. Chris0nllyn

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    Ok, so after some research, It seems the rear Tokico S/R's will work with no issues, but the front's need 3rd gen strut mounts to work?

    I'm about to order tons of stuff, and I want to make sure I have it right. Plus, I'd rather use the 3rd gen mounts rather than the $80 mounts from ZXtuner
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    sketchman FEOA Member

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    How much do you want to spend?

    I know people constantly recommend the S/Rs because it's a cheap upgrade, but having used them myself, I wouldn't bother with them again. I'd go straight to the Tokico HPs/Blues for $150 more.

    It depends on your perspective I guess. The S/Rs are a good deal better than the stockers, but the stockers are really really WEAK. With my S/Rs and Dropzone springs the handling is stiffer as it should be but not controlled enough. It isn't ungodly bouncy, but it's not right either. It needs more damping than the S/Rs have to give.
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    Money really isnt an issue, I'll be going with the Megan Springs. I just want something that will last a good while.

    I don't plan on road racing, or even driving fast around turns :lol: I've got a CTS-V for that, This is my daily beater and I just want something better than the stock 112k miles struts with the super sweet broken spring mod
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    The gripe I have with them is in regular DD territory. If I'm going fast through a curve I don't notice it. It's cruising down the road and rolling over a step down onto a bridge and back up off it, or hitting a decent bump where the bounce is annoying. It doesn't absorb and stabilize quite as it should. There is an extra bounce like the struts are already worn.

    Honestly, if money isn't an issue and you'll be DDing it, I think you'd be happier with the HPs. The S/Rs just aren't stiff enough for the higher spring rates that come with lowering springs, IMHO.
  8. Chris0nllyn

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    Cool, thanks for the input, I appreciate it!

    Now, those HP's....is the shaft larger like the S/R's, or the same as the 2nd Gen?

    Basically, I plan on replacing the strut mounts also, just want to make sure I don't need the 3rd gen with the Blues
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    That I don't know, though the only ones I found are listed for the 2nd gen escorts and don't mention needing updated mounts. Hopefully someone more knowledgeable will chime in.
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    i don't believe the hp has a larger shaft, as it's really not a performance oriented strut. better than stock? you bet. but it's not for performance the way the s/r's are, iirc the blues have more travel and aren't as stiff as the s/r's
  11. Chris0nllyn

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    Well, my plan is to drop the piss out of the car, but not so much as to loose alot of ride quality.

    I'm used to stiff suspensions, but I don't want to be bouncing all up and down the road.

    If' I can get improved handling, plus lower struts, for atleast another 50k miles, I'll be happy, especially if I don't HAVE to pay the extra $150 or so
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    Hmm. I was mistaken then. Sorry.
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    Well, I ordered the Megan springs.

    I'm going to go ahead and order regualar stock replacement struts instead of the S/R, or HP's.
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    [​IMG]

    Pretty safe to say these weren't helping much...lol

    And in with the new....

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    I was really surprised to find out that the place where the rear struts mount wasn't rusted at all. I was dreading taking the struts off and finding out that I needed to fix that. Everything came off smooth! Now I'm waiting for strut mounts to come in so I can finish.

    P.S. At the same time as replacing the struts/springs. I also replaced all the motor mounts, timing belt, water pump, ignition coil, belt, cleaned the TB, and I think that's it....lol
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    So...

    For anyone reading this...the Megan Racing springs DO NOT work on stock 96 LX struts....the spring is too short and just flops around.
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    Sorry to hear that, Even with the cars weight? But I would have to agree with crazycarl. The s/r's are the only way to go, return your stock struts! You would have blown thru them in no time anyway with that drop!
  18. Chris0nllyn

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    I just bought some stock 97 struts.

    Hopefully these work :lol:

    What happened was when I compressed the spring and put it all together, I tightened down the top strut nut all the way, but the spring still flopped around and made no effort to even being to compress.

    Originally, I bought these and the strut mounts from RockAuto. Sent the 96 struts and front mounts back, ordered some 97 front mounts and I'm going to Advance Auto to get some Monroe struts all the way around. I get a discount there, and my buiddy is a manager, the struts have a lifetime warranty, so if anything happens again I'll just run them down the street to Advance, instad of worrying about shipping anything.

    Keep everyone updated. I'm excited to see how slammed it's going to be
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    Ok, a little update.

    I've been super busy and havemnt had a chance to really work on the car until now.

    I got the 97 struts, and the front springs went on fine, the rears still have a bit of play. If you use some muscle the spring and top mount actually moves around a bit. I would assume that when the car's weight is on the springs/struts...it won't be an issue.

    Anyone else running the Megan springs have this issue?

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