Re: Easy Lowering. V6 1999
Well, the cheapest way to lower your car would be to cut your stock springs. Cut coils, do not heat them up.
Generally this method is not recommended since when you cut off coils, you change the rate of the spring. This throws off your stock shocks/struts and could cause alignment/uneven tire wear in the future.
There are guys out there who have done it and swear it's okay, I personally wouldn't do it.
You could buy a new set of springs. Prices vary from 100-250+ depending on the style. Eibach Pro Kit springs are ~225-250 while Ford C springs are 170. But the C springs don't have the handling characteristics and only lower the car 1" compared to the Pro Kit's 1.5".
Generally, if you lower the car 1.5" or more, you'll want Cast and Camber plates to keep your car from running too much camber and causing uneven tire wear. They are ~$200.
Shocks/struts are recommended if you drastically lower your car 1.6+ inches and have high miles. The change in rate and characteristics of the new springs will wear out your stock shocks/struts pretty quickly.
Install varies depending on whether you have a private shop do the work, or a dealership. My guy quoted me $65/hour with the install/alignment = ~240 to put springs/cc plates on.
None of these things are really that difficult to install. You can do it in your driveway if you have a fair set of hand tools and some jack stands. If you've done work before on cars or are mechanically inclined, it shouldn't be too hard. We have a pretty good writeup on the site for installing springs/cc plates. The hardest part is breaking loose/turning the strut tower nut and decompressing the springs and getting it out. This is where a spring compressor is nice (which most shops have).
So you do have options and it really depends on your situation. At a minimum I would get new lowering springs and cc plates...then plan on some new shocks/struts to complete the suspension makeover.
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