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XT 4WD lowering/suspension upgrade - WITHOUT coilovers!?
Posted 30 September 2013 - 09:34 PM
Long story short: the Civic sleeves ride like rump roast. I'm not trying to go ridiculously low, and I don't like these cheap coilovers anyway, so I am putting together a plan to lower the car properly on good old regular springs and shocks. Yay!
Now, I intend to start by flipping the tophats on the rear shocks to get an inch or so; then I will slap some roundy-round universal springs on there. According to member 2K4 STI in the infamous lowering pic thread, 2.5" ID springs with an 8" free length are perfect to replace the stock rear springs and get a nice drop. He said 250lb springs were too harsh, so I intend to try 200lb or maybe even 175lb.
For the fronts, I've managed to find a pair of GD Impreza Tein S-Tech lowering springs. If I am not mistaken, these should fit right on my XT6 front struts without modification. These are 252lb springs, slightly on the stiff side but a damn sight better than the coilovers.
If this all goes together as planned I should have a pretty decent lower-than-stock setup that doesn't ride like complete rump roast! Does anyone have any commentary to add, or have I missed anything?
Posted 30 September 2013 - 10:30 PM
A little clarification, please, before I know if a minor portion won't work:
What do you consider to be the "tophats on the rear shocks"?
Posted 30 September 2013 - 10:56 PM
Posted 30 September 2013 - 11:52 PM
I tried this on my 88 XT, and the top of the shock interfered with the top of the wheel well (sheetmetal). The contact point is underneath an internal stiffener joint, so drilling a clearancing hole was not practical.
Posted 01 October 2013 - 08:40 AM
Now back to the car, if you have an AWD and flipped the top mount over you?ll need to ?massage? the area above the strut, right where the 2 nuts went on the strut assembly. There is a hole directly above the vertical strut bolt (about the size of a quarter) that shows another layer of metal above it, that ?next? layer is where you need more clearance. I used the 12? ?? drive extension, and the 2 pound hammer to ?massage? it?.I actually ?Massaged? a hole in it! ?probably easier to just drill it out to start with. I am probably going to pull the trunk lining out to see where this hole is, and close it up with some silicone, at a later date.
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