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suspension lift??

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by 64TBOLT, Nov 12, 2009.

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    64TBOLT New Member

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    i would like to lift my 93 LX wag. a couple inches.i know,everyone lowers um but im not a lowrider type on guy. is there a spring i can swap in?? a strut spacer?? something to get it up off its belly.
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    EscorGo FEOA Donator

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    You probably have worn or broken springs. Just replacing with new OEM springs will probably raise it. It did mine.
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    64TBOLT New Member

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    they arent broke
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    well to lower the car you need to make the springs shorter, so make a spacer that sits on top of the strut mount to raise it up.

    A longer spring would not work unless you could find some bolt-on struts with a longer shaft.
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    i jack the car up 6in before the wheels come off the ground,so why wont a longer work?? does anyone make a spacer??
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    He is suggesting it won't work, I assume, by the logic that if the springs are too tall, when the car is in rebound it will cause struts shafts to slam against the pressure tube. This will decrease the life of the struts because they want to pull themselves apart and ruin seals too! Another reason is that the struts running out of travel before the spring is that the wheels may actually leave the ground, causing some serious handling concerns. I don't know if there are any direct bolt in struts that are air struts. I know old cars have air shocks available. The only other safeish way I see is to get some spring expanders, little metal blocks to reduce spring compression. Those will give you a little lift, but maybe not the total you were looking for. Just curious, you want to do this because you want more ground clearance or just for looks (rally/AWD)? I wouldn't suggest making some spacers to sit on top of the strut mount/hat. That logically will totally work, but making some that are going to hold up to the abuse of normal driving is sketchy at best.
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    There are aftermarket kits that will sell you springs in various lengths and spring rates. Try looking up equipment for rallycross or rally racing.
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    +1 LOWETGT there was a guy not to long ago that wanted to cut the strut shaft to achieve a drop which would do the same thing as putting a taller spring on the stock strut. It will ultimately kill your struts. a spacer would work, but you have to consider the amount of stress at the strut mounts in the tower, it would have to be something robust as well as able to accept the lip on the strut hat and transfer that load through the spacer to the corresponding hole in the tower. similar to how a wheel spacer sits on the lip of the hub and has a lip of its own for the center of the wheel to fit on. you cant rely simply on the bolts, they are meant to be in tension, not sheer.
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    for my 93

    Spring # CC882
    Inside Diameter 5.650
    Bar Diameter 0.593
    Install Height 7.00
    Load rate (lbs) 690
    Spring Rate (Lbs/in.) 156
    Free Height 11.25
    End Type 1 tangential end and 1 pigtail end

    for a 97/2001

    Spring # CC890
    Inside Diameter 5.650
    Bar Diameter 0.593
    Install Height 7.00
    Load rate (lbs) 466
    Spring Rate (Lbs/in.) 162
    Free Height 11.88
    End Type 1 tangential end and 1 pigtail end
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    if u really wanna raise it, get a completely custom made suspension. it would cost a good chuck but if that's what u want, go for it.

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