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I want to lower my car, but not so much i have a really bad camber problem, and I dont have a lot of money. I wanted to know what you guys think is the best way to lower the car, cheap. I know about ptuning and those springs but if i did that i would be waiting a long while.
I have heard of people cuting nad heating their spring. Then a guy told me that he had a friend that bought some clamps for his springs and they work really good, it lowered just enough to improve the look and handleing of the car. Do these work?
 

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No No No clamps.. Think about what happends at an 60mph dive??? POP.. one corner is higher then the other, instant fish tale I tell ya. and cutting is the cheapest and safest way to go. Never heat spring, it will give you lots of bounce and break things... Just cut themmm
 

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yeah man buy james springs and save up fro some struts and have it done right you wont regret it 8)

I know how it is when your pockets are empty it seems like your never gonna get it done then next thing you know your scrapin speed bumps bottoming out over bumps while doing 50 :lol:
 

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...i thought cutting the springs was really bad for the suspension, and you could fuk up alot!...thats what i heard. I dunno...how can u be *that* despirate to lower your car if it's gonna cost you even more in repairs in th near future?

But buddy, i know how you feel...i wanna do SOO much stuff to my car..but with little to none $bling bling$.

Gurus: if i wanted to lower my car from 1" to 1.5"....whats the cheapest way to do it? And i'm thinking only spring or struts....will it mess up my car in the future? ..i'm not gonna cut my springs...maybe the cheapest above that....
 

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If you wanna lower your car 1.5" buy my springs!!!

lol

I don't need them anymore and 50 each is a great deal for these prings...I think I paid 70 each for them.
 

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I've used spring clamps before.

If you put 3 clamps on each spring you pretty much guarantee that you won't have any trouble with one coming loose on you. They don't do your springs any good though. I only installed them because I was going to be replacing my springs soon anyway. (I didn't do this on the escort)

Camber isn't a huge issue.. you can get camber corrective bolts for cheap enough to correct anything big.

Save up for a set of Tokicos from a ZX2 S/R ($160), or for a set of KYB GR-2 ($180-$200) shocks. Do not put lower springs on without stiffer shocks.

If you cut the springs they won't fit in the perches quite the same way, but that's the only worry you might have. You may need to cut 2 coils off the front to get a noticeable drop, but then they may not be stiff enough to keep you off the bumpstops. If you heat the springs (while cutting, shaping, etc) you will probably destroy the springs altogether. So cutting is probably the cheapest method with the best chance for half-decent results.

James' springs and some good shocks are your best bet for keeping it relatively cheap and doing it properly.
 

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using a torch to cut your springs? bad

using a sawzall to cut your springs? not good, but much better than torchin'

there are coilovers all over ebay for $50-60, but i'm sure they'll make the car ride like shat.
 

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yeah!
there is a company on ebay selling adjustable coilovers,(since we already have coil overs) for like 56 dollars buy it now! there are here in orange county cali, there blowout prices.

i heard you can go to almost 2 inches down before you have camber problems. look at how are cars lower. they go straihght down. not like hondas and bugs with the bad camber. i had mine alighned after it had new tires and sprints. and i am running intrax 1.75 and no problems for me!!

i have been taught be old school rodders you can scut. but its once iof the worst things you can do. the never say to do it! lowered sprints fill the gap in your strut. just tension ands a little size diffrence! cutting them makes them shorter. and have the possibility of them moving out of place if the stut gets extended for anything!! plus its a pain to change tires or anything after jacikng up the car casue you have to make sure they drop in corectly!!
 

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Do NOT heat your spring
Do NOT Cut your springs


You don't know how you are changing the crystal structure of the metal and you don't know what the spring rates are at...ie, bad if something moves on you. It could kill you in the end if it's not done correctly.

Do it right and safe the first time.

Get a set of springs that is designed to fit our perches correctly. Or a set of coilovers that are made for our cars.

I don't want to hear anymore "options" about cutting or torching unless it's done properly and it being measured afterwards to verify the new spring dimensions and rates. Something for a professinal or professional equipment to deal with.
 

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Thankx for the feed back.
I wasnt going to cut or heat my springs becuse i knew that was a bad idea. I guess i will just have to save a few pay checks and buy Jame'sSpring, unless he is going to go back to his Escort since he had to give back the V Spec. Which suck.
But those coilover on EBay, are they good quality, and performance, because that is what I am looking for, good price but really good. Which is really really hard to find. I not all for the looks, if i had pics of My Scort you guys would understand.
 

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Springs still for sale. Everything is. I'm gettin another car. I can't drive my Escort anymore...it just...doesn't feel like it's for me anymore...
 
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