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Dropping the RX 2-3 inches...*dropped w/pics*


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#1 WJM

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Posted 13 September 2003 - 02:28 PM

Any problems with this?

I plan on using 1985 XT turbo 2wd struts and springs for the actual cutting and lowering...maybe the RX struts with the XT springs...Im experimenting with camber, conering, centerof gravity and overall driveability of such a move.

So....anyone see any flaws to this....?

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Posted 13 September 2003 - 03:41 PM

If your able to change the geometry there shouldn't be problems, that I can think of, and it should actually level out the axles in the front. In the back you might want to fiddle with the diff to get it up another 2/3 inches, so the axles don't point up, and the diff doesn't drag.

#3 WJM

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Posted 13 September 2003 - 04:32 PM

the diff cant go up, or it would be in the gas tank. :drunk:

And...i dont care if the axels level out, I need new ones anyhow. and, why would that matter? As far as the diff scraping...im not worried about it...i'll make a protector if its a problem :drunk:

And...I hope it would change the front geometry by giving me some CAMBER of the negative kind....:headbang:

Gotta love these icons! :moon:

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Ok, anyone else?

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Posted 13 September 2003 - 10:12 PM

I just did some similar work on my '87 RX. Here's what I did.

1) I decided to retain the RX struts, they weren't leaking and the dampening force is much higher than any other EA82.

2) I kept the front springs, they have the highest spring rate of the EA82's except maybe the XT6. I did however cut 1/2 coil from the spring and reshaped them for the spring pocket, lowering the car about 1/1.5 inches.

3) I replaced the rear springs with 4wd wagon springs. They have a higher spring rate than the RX and they are longer. I cut 1 coils off these springs and reshaped them for the spring pocket. This made up for the additional length and lowered the car about 1/1.5 inches.

Note: after cutting the rear springs 1 coil they were just long enough to have tension with the strut fully extended. Any shorter and the might make funny noise or even come out of the spring pockets when the suspension is unloaded.

4) I replaced the stock 18mm front sway bar with a 19mm unit from a RX sedan and the 16mm rear sway bar with a 20mm unit from a XT Turbo.

It took just a few hours for this ghetto job. I would like to lower the car more and look for springs and/or struts from other cars that might work since after market EA82 performance suspension parts are rare.
The car has a much more appealing stance now and handles MUCH better! Overall I'm pleased but would like to do much more.:burnout:

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Posted 13 September 2003 - 10:19 PM

Pics Mark! Pics!

#6 WJM

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Posted 13 September 2003 - 10:45 PM

Yeah....pics...what I will do is throw in the XT springs with those struts (since they are already on there), and estimate how much I will cut off of those...then cut. And go from there...combining springs and strut combinations.

#7 WJM

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Posted 14 September 2003 - 08:07 PM

I got the desired drop on the front by directy swapping the RX spring/strut out and installing ones from a 1985 XT Turbo 2WD Manual.

BUT...when I swapped out on the rear...it was another 1.5 inches high. It looked rediculous...so, after some calculation...I will take those rear springs and cut them tomorrow...4 coils. Yeah, its a lot, but hey, Ive got extras. Pics to come when I get the rear down.

The camber is now to ZERO on the front.

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Posted 16 September 2003 - 08:24 AM

Ok, its dropped. 2.5 inches in front, and only 1.5 inches in back....but I like it like that.

Stock XT turbo 2wd struts and springs dropped directy on the front, strut tower tops and all.

On the back, the XT shocks where 1.5 inches TALLER than the RX ones, But the XT springs are shorter by a little and have less spring rate...so I dropped them on the RX shocks.

BAM. There we go. Pics to come soon....like today I hope.

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Posted 16 September 2003 - 09:30 AM

coulnd't you have just used front XT springs in the rear of your RX?

#10 WJM

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Posted 16 September 2003 - 09:31 AM

NO. huge size difference.

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Posted 16 September 2003 - 04:59 PM

So...
How does it handle??

#12 WJM

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Posted 16 September 2003 - 05:45 PM

GREAT! SO much better than it was.

edit: pics to come tonight.

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Posted 16 September 2003 - 10:16 PM

do you know if EA81 stuts and springs will fit into a 79 wagon? If they do, maybe I'll have to cut my springs to lower it. I don't want to cut them if they don't fit until I have spares.

#14 Adam N.D.J.

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Posted 17 September 2003 - 03:22 AM

EA81 struts will fit in an EA71 vehicle. no mods needed.

#15 WJM

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Posted 17 September 2003 - 06:53 AM

Pics!

Copy and paste the link.

http://www.geocities...1701/Image1.jpg

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Posted 17 September 2003 - 09:23 AM

So wait a minute here... XT rear shocks are LONGER than RX rears? Is that something specific to the RX or just the 3-door? I want to get the back of my XT down a little bit (already got the front down with 2WD struts)

So if I put on RX (or 3-door) rear shocks, it should bring the back down a little?

#17 WJM

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Posted 17 September 2003 - 05:29 PM

with the XT springs, yes.

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Posted 17 September 2003 - 11:12 PM

the RX is lookin good. keep it up. Thanks Adam, I needed to know that cause Hondasucks didn't so thanks again

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Posted 18 September 2003 - 12:23 AM

slap some PUGs on that but they're gonna rub I think...5bolt conversion maybe?

#20 WJM

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Posted 18 September 2003 - 07:16 AM

no 5 lug for me. Ive got some Premire alloys and some sticky BFG tires to put on them...205/60.




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