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Old 04-19-2003, 05:31 PM   #11
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Before I got my new springs from SpeedGuy I put on pull downs to check out the ride to insure I didn't get any pogo effect. They're a real pain to install. The backs went on but when it came time to do the struts I could only get one per spring on due to the width of the front springs. My advise is to save your money and do it right, the results are awesume.
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Old 04-19-2003, 07:42 PM   #12
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Ok the spring options I have been working on have been reduced in price and believe me it was not easy. The performance racing option is now $400.00. The custom street quality spring is 260.00. they can be made at 1”- 2” .

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#1 your needs dictate what we do. So if you have a FE2 ride and find you like the ride but want to be lower then we can somewhat accommodate your needs. Any lower spring in the same space provided for your original unit will have a stiffer ride due to the space available for material and movement. So a mild drop of 1"-1 1/2 will provide a slightly stiffer ride regardless. 2” will be considerably more noticeable.

#2 If you want to be sure you are actually surpassing the maximum performance available with a suspension swap then yes we can be sure to do that as well.


#3 our 400.00 deal is a hypercoil option. Hypercoil makes racing coils.

Now the hard part. all our cars are fairly old so we 96 back to 87 will have some sort of drop from original height. This means figuring out the original ride height at the wheel well with stock tires. Then taking your cars measurements and comparing your needs. You may already have a drop of 1/2 an inch and dropping your car 1 1/2 inches based on original spring specks will leave you with only one inch of drop.

Sooo it is important for you to understand this part of the process so you understand where your car is now and how to get it to where you want it.

Finally any drop of your stock suspension using lowering springs will put more wear on your struts. Stock struts will have a half-life with a 2" drop. KYB struts will help and I am working on a specialty strut. Currently I can get you coil overs and they are expensive, or custom struts with inserts that are either adjustable (koni) or generic.

To make it easy there is no set spring made in mass production this is a custom deal so any unit made is based on your needs. Makes it easy to get exactly what you need.

Ok my little note of caution for the guy or gal who thinks this is a conspiracy and these are available at some store out there. Well they are not. Believe me I looked. This deal is generated by a favor for a deal from another deal. This option would not happen otherwise. The custom racing springs going for 400.00 are just that a racing coil custom wound for your need.

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I went to oriellys this weekend and saw the spring things we are talking about on here for 4.99 each. Plus it'* free shipping! I think I will get those because 1) I don't have the money for the aftermarket springs 2) I need to put new struts on 3) might as well get cv shafts while I'm at it! 4)need an alignment anyway. If they don't work then I will definitely get some springs from you guys speedyguy alright??? sounds cool!
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Don’t feel obliged to buy the product I offer just wanted to make sure I posted the new prices. If you are happy with binding your springs why spend more.

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I'm not slamming your springs or anything speedyguy in fact I will probably be asking you this summer for some of them . I just don't have the money right now because I'm in high school but I will have some money this summer and i just want the lowered look for the moment. Your prices are pretty damn good also! Springs for a mustang(eibach f.e) are like 300 bucks or so. So yeah I'll be askin you later as well as I will be getting a really big tuneup sometime soon.
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No dude no worry really I don’t feel slammed. Really I have done this performance pursuit of the Bonneville out of love of the project. I don’t care either way. I have a blast finding more solutions and it took a long time to find this spring deal but now we have it. I just get excited. That said I would love to sell you a set and as usual I will give club members a deal.

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I used the coil adjusters yesterday in the front and they are a bitch to put on! It does lower the front of an 88le about a good 1 1/2"(a whole coil). It stiffened up the spring and gave me better handling. the only thing I found wrong so far is it is stiffer ride and can't hit bumps as fast! But it does look cool and I have less wheel gap now. I am going to do the rear of the car today. The price on those coil adjusters at autozone was 7.50 for 2 kits. My total was 16.00 even with tax. I'll get you guys updated on how far it lowers the rear and what it does to my handling. I will also get some pics on here for ya'll.
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That sounds good. I haven't had time to put any on mine yet. I have finals this week and then will be off for the summer so I will start in on some mods. I hope you get it to balance out because on an 88le the coils on the front are really far apart. That is why it lowered it 1 1/2 but the ones in the back are a lot closer together so you might have to squeeze to 3 coils together instead of just one so it will drop the back as much as it did the front. Does it look like it is going to need an alignment done on it?
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ok i don't recommend the coil adjusters. i hate the noce it makes when it bottoms out! I am way getting drop coils first thing from domestic performance!! if you wanna see the lowered car heres the link and while your at it tell me what you think of my car!
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