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Old 10-15-2011, 04:45 PM   #1
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ok , so i finally put on my new tires on.i have also changed sway bar end links and shocks and struts. i went with kyb shocks and struts. i know they are nothing special or anything but they actually feel kinda stiff whitch is ok with me.i check my ball joints and tie rod when i changed the st/sh and they felt nice and solid.
the car feel kinda like it sways a little bit especially at higher speeds.
so my question is how to tell if its lower.it seems like it sit peetty low.if it was lowered previous owner never instaled c/c plates or bump steer.can i just count the loops on the spring or is there a better way to tell if its lowered.
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Also I had to buy a new jack a while back because my regular craftsman floor Jack wouldn't fit under it.
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Based on the pic it looks like it has been lowered but not too much.
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Re: lowered or not

Looks lowered to me also and if you are having problems getting a standard floor jack under it then thats a dead giveaway.
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can i just count the loops? or does lower springs have the same same amount of loops but different spacing in between them?if so how many loops does a stock spring have?btw thanx for the response.
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Don't know about counting loops, but maybe you can find a brand name or part number on them. Stock spring color is black also.
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What color are they?
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What color are they?
they are just black,but ththe whole area has been painted.i still believe they where black before the paint.also what are the symptoms of not having bumpsteer and c/c plates?
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How bad is your camber in the front? Your bumpsteer shouldn't be bad at all
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How bad is your camber in the front? Your bumpsteer shouldn't be bad at all
im not sure. how is the best way to check? camber is the wheels being paralell so to speak?
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im not sure. how is the best way to check? camber is the wheels being paralell so to speak?
Well straight up and down yes. You can have a shop check your alignment, maybe check the rest of your suspension as well.
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Well straight up and down yes. You can have a shop check your alignment, maybe check the rest of your suspension as well.
so if i did put c/c plates on, a shop will still have to do the alignment
right.so may as well just put them on first then take it in.for now i am saving money for a s/c. the wheather is telling me ill be parking it in the garage for the winter pretty soon anywas so i dont have to worry about messing my tires up or anything.hopefully i can score a good set of plates off ebay through the winter.

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thanx for the input.
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What I forgot to say was they may be able to align it without c/c plates if it's not bad.
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What I forgot to say was they may be able to align it without c/c plates if it's not bad.
oh i got you.
it doesnt really pull hard in one direction or another.whats its doing is once i get going about 50 and up( it gets worse the faster i go), it kind of sway a little back and forth. almost a little bit like there is a small amount of play in the steering. i do have a almost brand new flaming river rack for it.i only bought that cause i didnt know if that was related to my issue, and i scored for 40$ at a swap meet.
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oh i got you.
it doesnt really pull hard in one direction or another.whats its doing is once i get going about 50 and up( it gets worse the faster i go), it kind of sway a little back and forth. almost a little bit like there is a small amount of play in the steering. i do have a almost brand new flaming river rack for it.i only bought that cause i didnt know if that was related to my issue, and i scored for 40$ at a swap meet.
sounds like a good deal on the rack. Sounds like you need an alignment with it swaying like that. Mine didnt sway like that when i lowered it, and the camber was horible.
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sounds like a good deal on the rack. Sounds like you need an alignment with it swaying like that. Mine didnt sway like that when i lowered it, and the camber was horible.
cool cool. thanx man.
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cool cool. thanx man.
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Can't tell from the pics but how are the tires? Wear and pressure? Also the fronts, skinnies..? 4.5" or less??
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Can't tell from the pics but how are the tires? Wear and pressure? Also the fronts, skinnies..? 4.5" or less??
Brand new tires.I just started driving it recently so I couldn't really watch the wear.
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Also check the steering shaft. There is a u-joint with a bushing there. It may be becoming worn.
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Also check the steering shaft. There is a u-joint with a bushing there. It may be becoming worn.
Will do.thanx
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Just wondering.. Are you using P/S?
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Just wondering.. Are you using P/S?
Yes,brand new pump to.
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I asked cause the AC comp messed up on the wife's Mazda so I took the belt off. Now the steering feels funny/different.

Are the tires front and back the same width?
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I asked cause the AC comp messed up on the wife's Mazda so I took the belt off. Now the steering feels funny/different.

Are the tires front and back the same width?
Yes same width.

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I am running ac delete,smog delete,underdrive pulleys,New water pump, and new ps pump

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But I do believe the steering was that way before I messed with any of that

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ill check out the steering shaft joint but i think its probably gonna be alignment like slowstang said.thanx for the input!
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