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Old 12-01-2004, 04:56   #1 (permalink)
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the low down

hey all,

the low down (no pun intended):

I want to lower my 98 EL Fairmont, but retain a respectable ride quality. If i was to simply put super-low king springs on it, how long would the stock shockers last?

What is the best way to go about the whole lowering process?
Cheers, i'm kinda new to the whole ford thing (having just taken delivery of my baby on monday )
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Old 12-03-2004, 03:30   #2 (permalink)
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I'm about to lower my Eb Fairmont myself and have just purchased King Spring Lows as i did'nt want to go too low, but wanted improved handling, ride and looks. I asked my mechanic the same questions just today and his recommendations were to replace the shocks with the proper shorter units for the type of springs used as the originals are too long, and won't be working in the right areas when the suspension is under load.
He recommended Monroe GT Gas, (which i've now got) as it's not a race car, they're a reputable brand, and the price price very reasonable. It's also a good idea to change shocks with the springs as they're probly goin to give up not long after the springs go in, especially with super lows. Also...! you will need camber AND castor adjuster kits fitted as the geometry of the steeering will be drastically changed, therfore the kits will allow the front wheels to be aligned properly.....I have'nt got mine in yet but am keen to see the diff, will hopefully find out ova the weekend......
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Old 12-04-2004, 16:34   #3 (permalink)
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I have an EL ghia I6 i installed Lovells Superlows about 3months ago on Monroe Gas Shocks which the car came with when i bought it. The ride is excellent for a lowered car, it handles better (standard steering wheel is too big). The front tire is inline with front guard with the back being a little higher (id be happier if it was lower at the back) but overall i extreamly happy with the results.
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hey all,

the low down (no pun intended):

I want to lower my 98 EL Fairmont, but retain a respectable ride quality. If i was to simply put super-low king springs on it, how long would the stock shockers last?

What is the best way to go about the whole lowering process?
Cheers, i'm kinda new to the whole ford thing (having just taken delivery of my baby on monday )
Lovells springs will give u more of a respectable ride quality than the kings would i think the Lovells my even be cheaper
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Old 12-05-2004, 18:32   #5 (permalink)
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Front and back springs for my car cost $290 if i remember correctly. p.s thats not a trade price im sure you could get them cheaper if your mates with a mechanic
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I have an EL ghia I6 i installed Lovells Superlows about 3months ago on Monroe Gas Shocks which the car came with when i bought it. The ride is excellent for a lowered car, it handles better (standard steering wheel is too big). The front tire is inline with front guard with the back being a little higher (id be happier if it was lower at the back) but overall i extreamly happy with the results.

Did you get FRL-42SL or FRL-42XSL for the rear????
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Old 12-05-2004, 21:53   #7 (permalink)
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FRL-42SL im pretty sure.
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Old 12-05-2004, 22:02   #8 (permalink)
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i got my ef lowered with new sport rider shocks and it actaully handles just as good as before i lowered it, no more body role and its not as bouncy
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The FRL-42XSL are about another 20mm lower
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Old 12-07-2004, 21:57   #10 (permalink)
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sensational, thanks for the advice guys, really appreciate it.

i reckon i'll keep saving and go monroe gas all round with king superlows. might get a 3.45 diff put in at the same time :D
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