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Old 03 Jul 2010, 08:42 pm
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Hey Everyone,

As most of you who know me already know, I love my ride dropped as low as I can get it. For those who don't know me, I have been to the point where I actually fabricated my own custom progressively wound 3" x 5" Drop springs in order to fully level my ride height to a solid 4" at all four corners which is 1/4" lower in front, and a full 2" lower in back than the lowest drop springs currently available on the open market, and now have moved on to full air ride.

Well, I was surfing around the Net looking for more cool PT stuff, and stumbled across this PT. I have never seen it before, but recon it should pop up at a show one day soon as their has been some serious work put into it so far. In fact the three major mods done as of the time of the pic's in the Link below, is three of the biggest Mods I have planned out for my ride including, suiciding the rear doors, sliding rag top, and the most serious drop I have seen on a PT so far as I know ever! I am not sure exactly where BigRyan's sits now that its all been redone so I am not sure how close his ride is sitting to this now, but this thing is basically sitting on its muffler when the bags are dropped, and I love the way it looks!!!! I have been saying for a while now that I am planning on dropping mine on its rockers, and finally someone has gone and pretty much gotten as close as I think one can without modifying the exhaust which I am planning on, and shaving the bottom lip in hopes of getting my actual body to sit on the ground, but this thing is pretty sick so far for real!!!

Aparently the work was done back in Sept, 2009 from a Company called Autocore Kustoms out of Phoenix AZ.

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And here is a Link to the build in progress.

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Like I say, that is officially the lowest PT with the only exception being BigRyan's since his was redone recently. Anyways, I thought it was kinda cool, and can't wait to see what the final product looks like.

You all go easy, and I'll catch ya later.

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Old 03 Jul 2010, 08:59 pm
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That muffler has certainly seen it's underside on the dirt. You can't get much lower than that.
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Old 03 Jul 2010, 09:38 pm
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Those are 16" stocks right? Even them rims got tucked! Imagine if they were to up the size, how sweet they would look.
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Old 03 Jul 2010, 11:28 pm
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That looks like an AWESOME project. How come they haven't posted on one of our forums? Maaaaan, I'd love to follow that build.. damn..
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Old 04 Jul 2010, 03:28 pm
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I don't get the whole lowering thing, why does anybody want to drive around scraping the bottom of their PT. Other than being too low it's a sharp looking woody.
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Old 04 Jul 2010, 06:32 pm
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Well, first off, it's on bags, so it isn't always going to be that low-- I know you're technically-inclined, so you already knew that, but it's just the overall look of the car that is impacted.

I'm by no means an expert, but people typically lower their car for one of two reasons:

1) Performance - variance in spring rate yields changes in ride quality and 'stiffness' of the car, quality of aftermarket struts, lowers center of gravity which decreases the overall amount of stress on the chassis as you take turns, less body roll and and faster steering response.

2) Looks - there is a large contingent of us that thoroughly loathe wheel gap in general. There's also another contingent (in the case of this project) that hate ALL wheel gap and love the look of a vehicle with its wheels and tires tucked behind the fenders.

Obviously there are people who prefer both of these and with certain combinations, both of them can be achieved at the same time. In this case, though, I believe that the project was geared primarily towards the overall look of the car.
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Old 04 Jul 2010, 09:32 pm
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Hey Guys,

First off, very well said Chris! I couldn't have said it any better myself.

Dino,

Like Chris pretty much just went over, most people either lower their ride for performance which tends to reduces body roll creating tighter cornering ability, and other related benefits, or I think more people just plain do not care for the wheel gap inherent on many newer vehicles.

Personally I am one of those who hates the look of wheel gap, and even more so like the laid out look where the body looks to be sitting on the ground with the wheels tucked up into the wheel wells. Their is just something sleek and cool looking about it that does it for me. Been that way since I was 16 with my first truck which was a 1980 Dually that I learned a great deal of my body and paint skills on. As always, I had dropped it as far as I could, and loved every minute of it! Here is the last pic I have of it right before I sold it for my Triumph lowrider Chopper.



As for the Woody, just as Chris had mentioned above, and with most vehicles that sit grounded like that, it is on air ride and is adjustable by up to 6-7" up or down so its completely drivable with no problem. In fact here is a pic from the album link of it up.



And last, but not least 808,

As for those wheels, I thought the same thing big time as soon as I saw it man! I know you can go up to a limit of 19" and still be able to offset the tire enough to actually stay within stock spec dimensions as long as he stays within the right width, and MM offset of course. So in theory, could you imagine tucking 19"s up into those wheel wells?

The only things I would honestly change when I really stop to take a close look at it, I would have went and bought my wheels first as whenever you are working on getting the right stance, it is way easier to modify around whatever wheels you are working with rather than modify, and then have to go back and re-modify after the fact if things don't fit the way you want.

Then the only other thing would be, on the suicide rear doors, it shows in the album at the bottom that they opted to keep the handles where as I would have shaved them for a smoother look, and unfortunately, I would be willing to bet the hinges they used are too light for the weight of the doors so over time, I am afraid those doors may well sag. I hope I am wrong, but the way I have seen it done, it requires cutting a good chunk of the rear quarter panels to do re-enforcement to hold everything in place, and using brackets twice the size of those as the rear doors are notoriously heavy.

At any rate though, it is no doubt a cool ride, and I wish I knew someone who might be closer by to maybe do some spy work and find more about it, or if maybe someone in a Club might know the owner or something more about it. It kinda feels, my gut feeling is telling me like its not some rookie PT guy out of the blue, but rather someone who has been around the PT Community for a while, but who knows. Hopefully with some luck it might be at the River Run in Laughlin next year or maybe the PT Round Up over in AZ, or something. I usually try pretty hard at keeping pretty up on new cool modded out PT's, but these things still tend to pop up every now and then.

Anyways, you all go easy, and I'll catch ya later.

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Low is the only way to go.
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I had to cut my exhaust just to get as low as I am. Anyone else have to do this? I was petty sure Bigryan said he did.
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Old 10 Jul 2010, 10:48 am
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I had to cut my exhaust just to get as low as I am. Anyone else have to do this? I was petty sure Bigryan said he did.
I do not have stock exhaust set-up. The stock muffler I'm sure hangs lower than mine.
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