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How to Lower Your EA81


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#1 carfreak85

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Posted 03 December 2007 - 02:45 PM

For those looking to upgrade the handling of their Gen 2 cars, the route is fairly simple. By using factory parts and the upgrade path forged by FHI we can lower our cars a few inches without hurting the ride too badly. Mine is 4WD but this should also apply to 2WD cars, but the effects will be less in the front.

FRONT: For the front, find some EA81T front springs as they are almost .5" shorter with a slightly higher spring rate.

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Then source some 2WD front struts since the miminum length is over an inch shorter than a 4WD strut as well as having a longer stroke (always a good thing for McPherson strut suspensions). Make sure that you install the strut tops so they match your drivetrain.

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Thats it, we're done! Put the new parts back in!

REAR: The rear is almost easier. Again, find a set of 2WD rear struts and install them.

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To lower the rear, just unbolt the trailing arm and the small bolt on the bottom of the torsion bar housing. Hammer out the torsion bar ONE AT A TIME and reclock by one notch. Two is possible, but unless you remove your bumpstops the ride will suffer.

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Finished!

NOTE: I lowered my wagon by one notch in the rear and it still contacts the bump stops on some bumps. I trimmed them and the ride improved, so you can fix the problem by trimming an inch or so off the rear bump stop.

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#2 86BRATMAN

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Posted 03 December 2007 - 03:26 PM

Looks good man. I"m glad someone finally did a pictoral post on the matter. I was just too lazy, lol.

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Posted 03 December 2007 - 06:44 PM

Man, that wagon looks sweet lowered :headbang: .

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Posted 03 December 2007 - 07:37 PM

NIIIIIICCCEEE!!!!

I do believe that's the 1st LOWERED EA81 I've seen.

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Posted 03 December 2007 - 08:13 PM

NIIIIIICCCEEE!!!!

I do believe that's the 1st LOWERED EA81 I've seen.


You've never seen this?

http://www.ultimates...brat/cbrat.html

#6 Ross

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Posted 03 December 2007 - 10:02 PM

thought i'd add that after loosening the three arm bolts on the rear, you'll need to do a wheel alignment....

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Posted 03 December 2007 - 10:31 PM

Unrealated to lowering the car, but what are the mudflaps under the car for? Just curious.

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Posted 03 December 2007 - 10:44 PM

Unrealated to lowering the car, but what are the mudflaps under the car for? Just curious.


They are supposed to deflect debris from the CV boots in the rear. Branches, ect. Some of us have added larger rubber flaps to offer greater protection.

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Posted 03 December 2007 - 11:25 PM

Galen, now that you did that, it needs an alignment. The 3 bolts that you took out of the trailing arms are actually the rear toe adjustments. So, better get on that whole alignment thing. I gotta do the back end of my coupe for the same reason. My rear toe is out of spec and its a real b**** to adjust it:rolleyes:

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Posted 03 December 2007 - 11:43 PM

Galen, now that you did that, it needs an alignment. The 3 bolts that you took out of the trailing arms are actually the rear toe adjustments. So, better get on that whole alignment thing. I gotta do the back end of my coupe for the same reason. My rear toe is out of spec and its a real b**** to adjust it:rolleyes:


You sure it ain't the bearing? That's always been my case. That or bent control arm.

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Posted 03 December 2007 - 11:45 PM

You sure it ain't the bearing? That's always been my case. That or bent control arm.


Umm yes, especially since I do alignments for a living;)

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Posted 04 December 2007 - 12:16 AM

NIIIIIICCCEEE!!!!

I do believe that's the 1st LOWERED EA81 I've seen.


Maybe you missed these as well.

http://www.ultimates...ead.php?t=75074

http://www.ultimates...661&postcount=7

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Posted 04 December 2007 - 02:44 AM

cool:burnout:

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Posted 05 December 2007 - 09:48 PM

Umm yes, especially since I do alignments for a living;)


I could have sworn the rear was non adjustable. How do you manage to adjust the rear?

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Posted 05 December 2007 - 10:39 PM

where's the ground clearance????? :rolleyes:

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Posted 05 December 2007 - 11:09 PM

I could have sworn the rear was non adjustable. How do you manage to adjust the rear?


loosen the three bolts holding torsion bar arm to control arm and move hub assembly around..... takes some practice to get it right.

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Posted 05 December 2007 - 11:21 PM

where's the ground clearance????? :rolleyes:


Lowrider 4wd

I bet its fun in packed snow and ice!

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Posted 06 December 2007 - 02:13 AM

Lowrider 4wd

I bet its fun in packed snow and ice!


More like just lowrider, hahaha. Its in RWD mode right now.




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