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Old 06-22-2006, 11:02 AM   #1
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Question about Springs

Okay so heres the deal...

I got my new tires/steeda wheels on, but the front of the car looks like its always going to launch. I'm hesitant to just put springs on because when my exhaust is on, I don't want it to be lowered and have problems crushing my exhaust tips (side exhaust btw). Should I just cut the coil in the front to lower it about a half inch?

here is a picture i took (sorry for the crappy camera phone pic) but i'm stuck on what i should do.

so springs or should i cut it?

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but will springs lower it too much in the front and make it look uneven with the back?
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you could just get c springs. i dont think you would have any problem with your exhaust... its only like .8 inches.
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'nother vote for springs.. cutting springs is the devil.
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haha well, looks like i'm going to get some springs then. any suggestion for what brand i should get? (i know this is probably on the forum somewhere but i figured i would ask anyway )
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i say ford c springs (as mentioned above). if i get springs, those are what im most likely getting. they dont drop it too much.
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look under your car, you will see that your cats are the lowest point on the car, with my 01 v6 lowered 1.2 inches and 1.1-1.0 in the rear I didnt scrap much at all, barly never. If I ever did it was a tiny bit on the cats, never the mufflers.

That being said generally you are more likly to scrape the front area than the rear.

As long as your pipe doesnt come much lower or as low as your cats your fine. Roushes are droped a inch~ and they wouldnt do that if they had major issues.

I would be happy to install a set of springs on your car for you if you wanted to drive down for a get together~ ill put everyone to work doing it lol.

I would go with FMS C springs, cut the coil out back (unless they are precut) and leave out the top front isolator. I think you will be very happy then. If you are careful you wont have issues.

You can always go over a speed bump and get out and see how much you have to spare. chances are the side skirt wont be much lower if not just about even with your cats anyway~


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buy ford motorsport C springs (they have a C in their part number) they have a GREAT rate 650/300 and are pretty darn cheap. Some cut the dead coil anyone and some dont~ the reason behind this coil cutting is these springs were also designed to work on fox bodies, and in those cases they dont need the coil cut due to the differences in the setup. Springs should cost you 130 bucks~ and we wont chage to help you install them, heck with 200 bucks you save on an install put that towards some cobra brakes and we can put them on at the same time (same basic amount of work)

Springs.... 130.00
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okay thanks thats what i definately need to do

and nah i'm not driving down to bama any time soon lol but thanks for the offer of working on it lol
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you should do it yourself with the help of someone to operate the jack when you are having to do what nots. Its a pretty easy install and can be fun.
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yeah i'll bring it up at my next car meet, i'm sure someone will help
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get a drop like mine H&R SS's
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Re: Question about Springs

H&Rs are a pain to get in due to being progressive. Plus they will drop the car to much. But they are very nice and they are what I want when I do drop mine... or coil overs (I really want coil overs)

Just dont be stupid and have a car fall (like Brad) and you will be fine on the install aka common since.
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look under your car, you will see that your cats are the lowest point on the car, with my 01 v6 lowered 1.2 inches and 1.1-1.0 in the rear I didnt scrap much at all, barly never. If I ever did it was a tiny bit on the cats, never the mufflers.

That being said generally you are more likly to scrape the front area than the rear.

As long as your pipe doesnt come much lower or as low as your cats your fine. Roushes are droped a inch~ and they wouldnt do that if they had major issues.

I would be happy to install a set of springs on your car for you if you wanted to drive down for a get together~ ill put everyone to work doing it lol.

I would go with FMS C springs, cut the coil out back (unless they are precut) and leave out the top front isolator. I think you will be very happy then. If you are careful you wont have issues.

You can always go over a speed bump and get out and see how much you have to spare. chances are the side skirt wont be much lower if not just about even with your cats anyway~


WHICH TO GET

buy ford motorsport C springs (they have a C in their part number) they have a GREAT rate 650/300 and are pretty darn cheap. Some cut the dead coil anyone and some dont~ the reason behind this coil cutting is these springs were also designed to work on fox bodies, and in those cases they dont need the coil cut due to the differences in the setup. Springs should cost you 130 bucks~ and we wont chage to help you install them, heck with 200 bucks you save on an install put that towards some cobra brakes and we can put them on at the same time (same basic amount of work)

Springs.... 130.00
Brackes....220.00
Rotors......100.00
WTF! Cobra brakes for $220!!! Where?
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Ford & Ford Racing Performance Parts - GEFRacing.com you can get a set for the front for 220 bucks~

gefracing.com: BULLITT CALIPERS - FRONT

the full catalog: gefracing.com: BRAKES
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FYI the Brembo brakes you see offered from ford are the SAME as the focus car's version, just silver intead of black and you save like 300 bucks FYI.
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I would be happy to install a set of springs on your car for you if you wanted to drive down for a get together~ ill put everyone to work doing it lol.

and we wont chage to help you install them, heck with 200 bucks you save on an install put that towards some cobra brakes and we can put them on at the same time (same basic amount of work)
Wish you were close to my area TEXAS to help me mod my car
to solve this problem, MOVE TO TEXAS lol
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Wish you were close to my area TEXAS to help me mod my car
to solve this problem, MOVE TO TEXAS lol
If you didn't live all the way in San Antonio, I'd help. After all, every time Spector and I used to work on a car, I obviously did all the real work ever.
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H&Rs are a pain to get in due to being progressive. Plus they will drop the car to much. But they are very nice and they are what I want when I do drop mine... or coil overs (I really want coil overs)
They werent any harder to get in than the c-springs were on my old car... why would they be any harder?
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They werent any harder to get in than the c-springs were on my old car... why would they be any harder?
I know for a fact that they are absolute hell on a fox. You can't get a spring compressor in the top coils because it is progressive, so you can't really compress the spring at all.

I had to drop my A-arms to get my springs in...
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I know for a fact that they are absolute hell on a fox. You can't get a spring compressor in the top coils because it is progressive, so you can't really compress the spring at all.

I had to drop my A-arms to get my springs in...
So... thats what I do anyway. Ive never worked on a fox suspension before, but on my car to change springs I just put the front up on jack stands, use my jack to put stress under the a-arm, unbolt the strut nut, take the wheel off, hang the caliper in the wheel well, take off the rotor, remove the sway bar nut, then start lowering the A-arm until the sway bars off its post, then just keep dropping it until the spring has been completely dropped down. At that point I just push a little harder on the a-arm and the stock springs come out, then aftermarket springs slide in with literally no effort. I tried spring compressors the first time and they only made things more complicated.

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Do not cut your coils, get some c springs theywill lower your car a bit but not too much.
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yup going with c-springs...ordering them on friday
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yup going with c-springs...ordering them on friday
Good, and im sorry if it was already posted. I dont read the threads when i already know the solutions to the problem
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haha its okay, i hadn't posted my final decision on what i was doing yet anyway


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So... thats what I do anyway. Ive never worked on a fox suspension before, but on my car to change springs I just put the front up on jack stands, use my jack to put stress under the a-arm, unbolt the strut nut, take the wheel off, hang the caliper in the wheel well, take off the rotor, remove the sway bar nut, then start lowering the A-arm until the sway bars off its post, then just keep dropping it until the spring has been completely dropped down. At that point I just push a little harder on the a-arm and the stock springs come out, then aftermarket springs slide in with literally no effort. I tried spring compressors the first time and they only made things more complicated.

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Thats how you do it on a 94-04 mustang but on a fox body you can not get the new spring back in, the stock ones are compressed to hell and the progressive ones are EVIL to get back in the A arm. We had to unbolt the A Arm and have the sucker laying on the floor. Then we had to put the strut back on adn bolt it up. We finally had to use two jacks to raise the back of the A arm to put bolt it back up... do not EVER do a spring swap on a fox EVER especially if its progressive springs.
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Progressive springs are always hard to work with, when i put them on my sixer I felt a if a spring compressor would help.
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94+ have much more room in the spring/a arm area.
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