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Old 25 Jul 2020, 07:15 pm
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Default PROBABLY GOING TO BACK-STEP ON LOWERING

I had put on a set of lowering springs on the Panel PT last fall.
But, I'm getting unhappy with the front end.

They didn't seem to make all that much difference in the rears; but the front end is significant.
When I would go over very uneven patches of pavement, the passenger side front tire would rub the edge of the wheel well.
Even make the tire edge scruffy.

There was a jutting out edge of the body panel edge there, and id reduce it.
Worked for a while; but now it's back and getting worst every day.
VERY ANNOYING!

So, my plan is to replace the struts again this fall; maybe with a milder drop that I have.
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Old 26 Jul 2020, 11:41 am
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How low did you go?
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Old 26 Jul 2020, 12:15 pm
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I got the set from a member here on the Forum.
Not sure how much drop; but it had to be 2 inches plus.
Looks great!
But just too low.....unless I find a bad spring or strut.
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"pics or it didn't happen"..
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Old 26 Jul 2020, 09:11 pm
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"pics or it didn't happen"..
"But it did happen! It diiiiid", says Tweety!
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Old 26 Jul 2020, 11:33 pm
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I saw the pictures and thought it looked really good. Not sure why yours dropped so far. There was only one brand ever that I am aware of that dropped them so low and they were the yellow springs don't remember the brand name at the moment???

I thought those were just ridicules to try and use on a street driven PT Cruiser anyway!
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Old 27 Jul 2020, 01:41 pm
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I saw the pictures and thought it looked really good. Not sure why yours dropped so far. There was only one brand ever that I am aware of that dropped them so low and they were the yellow springs don't remember the brand name at the moment???

I thought those were just ridicules to try and use on a street driven PT Cruiser anyway!
Yes. it does look SICK!
But, it's not a show car.
It's a day driver, and irritating.

I may call Tien, and see if they will sell compatible replacement springs that are a little higher.

First, replace my torn up wheel well liners.
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Old 20 Aug 2020, 05:55 pm
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OK!
So, I seem to have temporarily resolved my passenger side front tire rubbing/bottoming out on rough pavement.


I ordered both a generic set of spring spacers; as well as a more robust circular set.
I had to send the circular set back - too large - my measuring problem.

In the mean time, while I was replacing my damaged front wheel well liners, I installed the generic spacers (3 of the 4 chock set) on the passenger side front.

This is a pic of the generic ones.



What I did was place them in where not loose; put a heavy duty zip tie around the spring and the rubber; and then another zip tie around the belly of the spacer to hold the other in position.
Then, I pushed 2 of the spacers around towards the center of the car where they were still spaced, but tight!

The third spacer was have been a little loose in place, but still locked in place with the zip ties; and then tight as I reloaded the spring by putting the wheel back on and dropping the car off the jack.

Viola!
I probably gained about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch over the full drop.
And, drove her over the roughest section of I-44 eastbound's concrete joints.
Only had one rub on the whole trip.
I can deal with that!


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