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Old 06-03-2004, 06:31   #1 (permalink)
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Lowering Tips.

I'm about to fit lowered springs and shocks all round on my EL Fairmont, as soon as I get a free day to myself...

Anyway, I wanted to ask if anyone had any time saving tips or helpful tips for this job. Done enough suspension work on other cars in the past to know its not the best way to spend a weekend... but the results are worth it :)
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Old 06-04-2004, 23:02   #2 (permalink)
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Make sure you have all the correct tools and dont cut corners.
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And fit a camber/castor kit whilst you are at it.
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Yes very worthy investment, but make sure when you get wheel alignments they use it, not just look at it.
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When you get the wheels off at the front undo sway bar mount both sides, top ball joint, undo brake line from the top of caliper, then you should have enough room and movement. undo botom shock bolt. then the 3 top nuts in engine bay. Push up and pull whole assembly out of it doesn't come out easy by hand use a bar and wedge the bottom out. thats for the fronts. do the reverse to put it back together you may aswell flush the brake lines while you are at it. and bleed them when you have finished otherwise you will have trouble stopping.

The ford's are a pain in the ass to do compared to the (Sorry People) Japanese car's(it's true) Hope that helps.
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doink1 is dead right, Jappas are much easier, but dont worry it's not overly difficult on Falcons.
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Old 06-11-2004, 19:36   #8 (permalink)
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The Fairmont is lowered. These E series are one of the easiest cars I've lowered (5 now). Half a day and job done. No camber/castor kit, and not needed. 1.25 degree neg camber, nice, and Castor in spec. after wheel align.
The improvement over stock springs and shocks is awesome. Considering its huge and has a great lump of cast iron V8 over the front wheels you can throw it into corners beautifully.
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so soon we will see a post for how do you stop inside tyre wear cheers
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When you get the wheels off at the front undo sway bar mount both sides, top ball joint, undo brake line from the top of caliper, then you should have enough room and movement. undo botom shock bolt. then the 3 top nuts in engine bay. Push up and pull whole assembly out of it doesn't come out easy by hand use a bar and wedge the bottom out. thats for the fronts. do the reverse to put it back together you may aswell flush the brake lines while you are at it. and bleed them when you have finished otherwise you will have trouble stopping.

The ford's are a pain in the ass to do compared to the (Sorry People) Japanese car's(it's true) Hope that helps.

erm. Remove top balljoint!? Why not remove the top arms from the chassis? Much easier i think, just 4 15mm bolts. Getting to the side under the BBM is a pain in the ass tho.
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