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Thread: 1.5" Lowering isn't enough?

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    1.5" Lowering isn't enough?

    I lowered my car 1.5" using new suspension technique lowering springs (I believe they were suspension techniques...) yet the car is still sitting way too high. What did all you do to lower your car? Is it possible I didn't install the springs right or something and thats why its riding high? Or is 1.5" just not a large enough drop? Am I going to have to cut the springs down? Any other Ideas?
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    Ari

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    Re: 1.5" Lowering isn't enough?

    The new springs will settle a bit. If you put new gas shocks/struts on too, they will settle after you drive it some. When I built the countach I used coilovers on the rear and cut the stock springs on the front. For the TR I bought RCC tubular arms and coilovers for the front and rear. IMO, that's the best way to go because you can set ride height wherever you want it. A bit expensive for the front though.

    Jon

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    Re: 1.5" Lowering isn't enough?

    Something's not right... 1.5 inch drop should bring it WAY down. That looks... well... LIFTED. Perhaps they misunderstood you and gave you a 1.5 inch LIFT

    Seriously, did you sit on each fender (or frame rail) to compress the new springs? If you just changed them and haven't put real weight on it they'll stay right there at the top of the stroke.

    I generally sit down and "bounce" directly over the shock to get everything settled down after working or lifting the car.

    Give that a try... who knows... maybe it'll help

    As an alternative, recheck your body mounting and see if you can regain some ride height there.

    Best of luck!

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    Re: 1.5" Lowering isn't enough?

    By the way... did I notice that there is NO engine in the car? If not, there may not be the weight to drop it down more than that. A 1.5 inch drop spring MIGHT also be a stiffer spring.

    If there IS a motor back there... IGNORE ME

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    Re: 1.5" Lowering isn't enough?

    there's an engine back there

    No large amount of weight has ever been put on the front, that could be an issue... Next time I'm in TO I'll have to sit on the car like you say

    Its been lowered for over a month, shouldn't it have settled by itself?
    Thanks,
    Ari


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    Re: 1.5" Lowering isn't enough?

    Settled yet... PUSHED DOWN... no.

    The car will wettle a bit until it gets resistance from the new springs. In order to settle ALL THE WAY, you have to compress the springs and let them push back again the weight of the car.

    That's why you bounce a car several times before checking the alignment... make sure it's settled

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    Re: 1.5" Lowering isn't enough?

    How much does it usually lower by after you jump on it a few times?

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    Re: 1.5" Lowering isn't enough?

    For my car, it's as much as 2 inches. Of course, that depends on how FAST I drop the jack

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    Re: 1.5" Lowering isn't enough?

    Take the wheel off, loosen the A arms, jack the A arm at the ball joint. This will put the A arm at a angle that is more like ride height. Tighten it back up, add wheel, sit her down, sit one legged on fender and bounce with a little force. That should take care of it.

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    Re: 1.5" Lowering isn't enough?

    YOU CAN DO WHAT I DID!
    Get Bigger Tires!
    30x9.5 rear
    215-75-15 on the front



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