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Rear coil spring

Discussion in '1st Gen 1981-1990 CVH' started by Tim Powell, Mar 29, 2020.

  1. Tim Powell

    Tim Powell Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone know of using spacers or shims to help the rear coils out on a 1983 GT? Mine rides great but, seems like a few bags of groceries squats it down a bit. My GT has lowering springs which looks awesome but, I don’t like tire rub with weight in the trunk. Thanks!!
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    Look closely to see if the end coils are broken.
    It's common on the second generation Escorts, probably also the first as they're even older.
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    1st gens don't suffer spring issues other then them getting soft over years from rust making the coils thin.

    Not sure what they is for spacers out there but you could switch to Tempo springs, fit the same as stock but are stiffer/stronger. Escort wagon springs are said to be stiffer too but I don't know.....

    Everyone says to avoid lowering springs in the rear for the same issue you found, and it's even worse with EXPs where the hatch is heavier. Know a few guys that have tried them theirselves and went back to stock in the rears because they bottom out on sharp turns or run errands. Some guys in here use progressive Eichbachs (if I spelt that right? lol) but they seem to be strictly race cars.
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    I still have some spacers sitting in a toolbox. They look interesting, and are placed using a 1/2" drive extension.

    Rear springs sagging is going to happen. The GT and wagon used the same springs if I remember correctly. Outside of that, if you have the money, custom springs will also work.

    As for broken springs; I've seen it happen, but only on very high mileage and when bottoming out. At least they're not like the early 2000s Mercedes C class, which can break rear springs inside of 40k.
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    Shorty FEOA Member

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    I figured out a creative solution; my '90 LX was sagging.

    Subaru issued a recall on Foresters to replace the rear coil springs. I realized the Forester coils were the same diameter as the Escort, just too long. As an experiment, I took a trashed pair of coils and cut them to the same height as the Escort. After I installed it, the difference was night and day. The rear sits at a normal height, if not slightly higher, but the ride quality and handling were noticeably better. Honestly I was expecting the opposite- these are SUV springs after all- I expected a stiff jouncy ride.

    A few things to keep in mind: the recall was issued because the springs were breaking at the bottom. If anyone chooses to try this, cut only off the bottom so they don't break for you! Also, since the spring seat in the Escort doesn't require a specific spring orientation, you could fine tune your height by cutting anywhere around the spring radius. I happened to cut on the same orientation as stock, and I was happy with my results.
    There are 3 different types of springs- n/a auto, n/a manual, and turbo. The turbo springs are thicker, so maybe a good choice for wagons or GTs, but they are harder to come by. The n/a auto are by far the most common, which is what is in my car. I'm not sure what the difference is with the manual springs- those are quite rare.

    So the tricky part will be getting these springs (for free, at least). I happen to work at a Subaru dealer, so I had no trouble. For legal reasons, I can not and will not sell or distribute these to anyone. I could get in big trouble selling or giving out recalled parts. So unfortunately you'd be on your own. With that said, I'm guessing most dealers will have dumpsters filled with these things. Otherwise, if you were to buy new ones, these are from the SJ Forester ('14-'18). Good luck!
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    I highly suggest to *not* cut used springs. Their rates change unpredictably with age, and cutting style may or may not further change rate due to annealing or affecting heat treat of the spring; which may already be improperly treated and brittle.

    If cut springs are desired, get new ones. However, some spring makers will do small custom batches. I believe some people here had Suspension Techniques do a micro run at one point.

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