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well, I am back at it again...needing new springs, the old ones didn't quite fill the desired spring rate(WAY TOO STIFF, WHICH MADE BUMPS WAY TOO MUCH) So, I am looking for new springs. As mentioned in the title, I still want to lower my car, so I am still looking for lowering springs, preferably something that will give a desireable drop-something like 2-4 inches... I'd like to get rims in the spring time (17"), so if I do get rims, how much do I want to drop it so that it is all comfortable? But, the original question....what are the best lowering springs, and where can i buy them from?
 

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You want to drop the car 2-4", put it on 17" wheels and have it ride nicely? Good luck... this ain't magic... it's physics. We only have about 7" of suspension travel to begin with.. when you lower 4" you're left with NO uptravel. 2" is about all you'll ever need, that will leave you with about 2" of uptravel which will mean you've got to run 50% stiffer springs to keep from slamming your bumpstops over every pothole you hit.

If you're in it for the looks, get some Intrax springs... they're the biggest drop/softest spring combo you'll find. Don't drive too agressively on sticky rubber or you'll be banging bumpstops and jumping sideways.

If you're in it for the handling, forget about the term lowering. (I won't elaborate since I don't think you're interested in handling)
 

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If you are looking for major drop, go with coilovers. You can drop them at shows, but raise them to drive on the street.

As Beaverboy said, you have a choice. If you want a good ride, leave them alone or go with a 1" drop. If you want looks, you might as well throw away any thoughts of a good ride. You can have one or the other, not both.


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OK, seems reasonable. Thanks for the advice. So then here is what I am going to do; get springs that will drop it like 1-2 (if that), and then I presume 16-17" rims will be reasonably easy or appropriate. I've driven the car for awhile now stiff, and its too agrivating. So I definitly am down with the handling, and I definitly desire the car to handle like a beauty. With my new change of mind....what springs then are the best to get for only a small drop that will make the car handle REAL well?
 

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Ground Controls adjusted for a slight lowering are a good bet. The only downside is that they're expensive, but you get what you pay for. The ride shouldn't be too bad since they're linear rate springs and you'll be able to play around with the drop until you get what you want.. as well as adjust the handling balance (corner weighting by a performance shop is advised). I'm hoping to swap out my H&Rs for some of these down the road.. I wish I'd just gone with them from the start. Matt has a good deal on these over at BareEnd.

Eibach's springs are an excellent balance of ride and handling. They'll drop about 1.5" By all means, pick up a rear swaybar from BareEnd for good handling. I reccomend going full tilt with the 1" Quickor if you want to turn like a champ.

I'm running 1" drop H&Rs, but on 16s they're extremely stiff... especially with a passenger.. the downside of progressive rate springs is that the ride gets worse and worse (at an exponential rate) the more weight you put in the car. When a 200lb friend gets in the passenger seat, my CD player skips over bumps.. when he gets out it doesn't skip any longer. Right now, with my 13" steelies on (snow tires) it rides pretty comfortably. I outran an Integra last night on some 50-60mph curves ... on my 13" snow tires.. hehe. The right suspension really does make a tremendous difference in how a car can be driven safely.

Intrax are still a good bet for you.. just get some stiff swaybars front and rear to keep the car from rolling over onto the bumpstops. Swaybars won't hurt the ride much at all.

Tokico S/R's found at www.oemfordparts.com and KYB GR-2s are your best best for performance shocks. GABs are too expensive for the average escort owner and Bilstein doesn't make any struts for our cars *sniff*, so those are as good as we're gonna get. I went for the S/R's because of they're low price and short fronts (means more effective travel in front when lowered).. but I think the KYBs are better quality.

So.. from what I've come to understand:

Reasonably good ride:
Intrax
Ground Control Coil-overs
Eibach

Harsh ride:
H&R
Suspension Techniques
Ractive Circuit Pro Coil-overs
 

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I agree with almost everything beaverboy says. However I've heard the Tokicos are a better product. So if you are poor I'd go with the Tokico S/R struts from OEM. If you can afford it my personal choice would be the Tokico "Blue" struts. They come with a lifetime warrenty.

P.S. Early next week I'm dropping all my prices for a short time. Just so everyone knows to watch out for it.
 
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