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Wagon lowering help

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by REPTILE, Feb 18, 2020.

  1. REPTILE

    REPTILE FEOA Member

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    I wasn't sure where exactly to post this but I just had a few questions on lowering my wagon.
    Its a 1995 Tracer/Escort and I've read that lowering for the wagons especially is a bit tricky with the different spring rates and all that.

    What would be my best course of action?
    Mazda protege springs all around or just cutting the OEM spring?
    if anyone has some insight on this, help would be much appreciated.

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  2. novanutcase

    novanutcase FEOA Member

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    It really depends on the ride height you are going for and the wheel width and circumference. If you just want to drop the wagon an inch or so then I would say cut a coil off the OEM spring and call it a day. BTW if your going to cut your springs DO NOT use an acetylene torch or some other form of heat to cut the coil off. Use a cut off wheel and put a wet towel on each side of the cut. If you overheat the spring you'll detemper the spring.

    If you want to go lower than that you can either go with a set of lowering springs(I used a set from Megan Racing that works on MR2's also) or go with a full set of coilovers which will give you more control over fine tuning the ride height.

    I didn't find trying to stance the car any harder than any other car I've stanced. If you do your homework and take measurements with the wheel off it'll go a long way in figuring out what will and won't fit.

    For reference, my wagon is a 3rd gen 1998 SE. I ultimately went with a set of Ground Control coilovers so that I could get the desired ride height that I wanted the wagon to have. 2nd and 3rd gen suspensions are very similar so there isn't much difference in regards to outcomes. The wheels in the picture below are 17 x 7 +40mm offset. The tires are 205/45/17's. No rubbing or hard bump issues. The fenders were rolled.

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    The picture below was when I had 18 x 7 +40mm offset wheels and 205/40/18 tires. Slight rubbing on full lock and hard bumps.

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    John
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    Heres my 2nd gen wagon, same setup, Ground control coilover sleeves with Tokico blue struts. 18x7.5 with 215/30/18's, cut rear fender lip. 20200219_172343.jpg 20200224_215810.jpg
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    I just fill mine up with firewood.
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  5. REPTILE

    REPTILE FEOA Member

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    What's the specific model of Megan Springs you used and would you have a link perchance?
    I'd ideally like to avoid cutting the springs so I can reverse any mods I do the more I'm thinking about it.
    Thanks
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    REPTILE FEOA Member

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    Asking the same thing I did with novanutcase.
    Do you have a specific model for the coils and struts and maybe a link?
    I want to make sure I get the right stuff the first time so it wont turn into a big headache.
    Thanks
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    novanutcase FEOA Member

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    Couldn't find the Megan Springs but here are another set of springs that will work on your wagon.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/4-New-LoTek-Sport-Lowering-Springs-for-91-96-Escort-91-94-Protege-MX-3/124078767503?fits=Year:1995|Model:Escort|Make:Ford&epid=658534375&hash=item1ce3abbd8f:g:fjMAAOSwRsJeQXJ-

    You may want to think about coilovers if you want to drop the car lower than usual. For struts a lot of the members on here like the KYB Gas Adjusts. I had a set of Gabriel Ultras that I actually preferred over the KYB's but everyone has there own preference. If you decide to race the car then I would look at a set of Bilsteins.

    John
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    REPTILE FEOA Member

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    Thanks for all the help, and sorry for all the questions.
    The aftermarket for these cars confuses me lol.
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    novanutcase FEOA Member

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    Questions are encouraged here. That's the only way we figure out how to accomplish what we want to do to our cars.

    John

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