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Hello,

I have Escort LX 91 and would like to raise the
suspension few centimeters.
I have the stock struts and they would rub tires if
I increase the tire size because of the shape
of the stock struts having such wide spring bases.

Where could I get taller or smaller diameter struts and what type would fit?

Thank you.
 

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please tell me this isnt for rolling 20´s oh god Ive seen it and trust me its U.G.L.Y scorts on 20´s arnt pretty and talk about a ruff ride.. every bump is felt...
 

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I´m w/ sportscort93.

When fitting larger wheels and tires you aren´t supposed to increase the total diameter.

With coil-over sleeves you can cut the spring perches off your shocks and gain more room that way.

You can buy some coil spring risers to put into your stock struts. That may raise the height enough.

Don´t forget to roll your rear fenders too, otherwise you´ll slice up your sidewall.
 

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I thought I was the only one who actually wanted to raise their Scort. It doesn´t sound like he wants to put 20´s on his car because he mentioned taller tires rubbing the spring perches, look like he want more ground clearance for a ralley look or something of the sort. My reason for lifting is the fact that offroading is big out here in AZ and it´s hard to go places with your friends who have trucks when you have an Escort. I went out las weekend, and put a hole in my gas tank. 2nd time I´ve done this. Pissed me off too cuz I filled up 5 miles down the road on the way there. I have heard of spacers that go on top of the struts, which may work great on a 2nd gen, but 1st gens have a conventional spring and shock suspention in the rear, so I will have to be very creative to raise the rear. I´m also not to sure how much raising will affect the camber, or the cv joint angles. I see a lot of VW Bugs out here that are lifted and there wheels point in at the bottom. That will cause bad tire wear on the outer edges, not to mention stressing the wheel bearings.
 

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Hello,

Thank you for the responses.

Let me be more specific.
I have two problems:

1.
My stock tires are 175/70/R13
and I would like to switch to 195/(60/65) R15.

But there is a small
clearance between my stock tires and the strut perches.

So I am afraid I can have problems with the 195/(60/65) R15 tires rubbing the
perches.

If the perches were mounted higher on the strut or were
smaller in diameter then there would
be no problem.

2.
Besides the above tire/perch problem
I would also like to raise the suspension few centimeters for other reasons.

Thank you,

Rob
 

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Those new tires should fit on your car just fine. I´m pretty sure the GT´s have 15´s on then, so they should fit on your car just fine. 195´s really aren´t that wide either, so there should be no problem there as well. I had 205´s on 16´s on my scort for a couple of days and han no prob with strut interfearance. They were too wide to fit under my fenders though, so even though I rolled the fenders I ended up wiping out the outer 1/2 inch of tread from the two rear tires. Remeber this though.... Even is you do raise your car you the distance between the spindle and the spring perch will stay the same. If you are worried about them rubbing the strut in anyway you will have to get a different offset in the rim to move the tire further away from the strut. The only thing raising will do is provide fender clearance.
 
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