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Adapting an SC Kmember to an 89 Base

As some of you will know I crashed my car on the 5th of last month, and have been dealing with finding parts and trying to get my car fixed. I bought a Thunderbird kmember from a dismantler picked up today, only to discover that the kmember they pulled came off an SC. This kmember came with the steering rack and all other front suspension components. It has the tokico shocks, and Eibach aftermarket springs over them. It comes with the automatic ride control modules and the pigtails to plug into my wiring. Now my questions are these:

1. How will the Automatic Ride Control work without the associated connections?

2. Would they be stuck in only a single mode (normal/sport)?

3. Will they affect ride height compared to the original suspension?

4. How will this affect the performance of my vehicle?

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1. They won't.
2. I believe they will be in normal mode.
3. No.
4. It will be a little stiffer with the SC springs. Better handling.
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Those Eibach springs will make your front end lower a bit lower than it was before.
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1. They won't.
2. I believe they will be in normal mode.
3. No.
4. It will be a little stiffer with the SC springs. Better handling.

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Those Eibach springs will make your front end lower a bit lower than it was before.
Awesome guys, thanks.

I really appreciate your time to answer my questions, you basically covered all the bases. Is there anything else I should be thinking about when I swap the front end in there?

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Another question, how much will those Eibach springs lower the front end of my car compared to my factory ones?

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Eibach's are 1 1/2" drop. If the tokicos are white they are sc adjustables if they are blue they don't adjust.

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Eibach's are 1 1/2" drop. If the tokicos are white they are sc adjustables if they are blue they don't adjust.
These ones are black, but they have the ride adjusters on them...

Maybe they are just really really dirty...

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Pull the ARC actuator off the top of the shock and see if there is a little tab in the top of the shock that spins. If there is, then they are adjustable. If there isn't, they aren't. If they are adjustable, you can play with that tab with a pair of needle nose pliers to change the stiffness of the shocks, but unfortunately I haven't been able to find what orientation is stiffer vs. softer, so you would have to play around with it a bit. Either that, or just swap them out for different shocks.

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Pull the ARC actuator off the top of the shock and see if there is a little tab in the top of the shock that spins. If there is, then they are adjustable. If there isn't, they aren't. If they are adjustable, you can play with that tab with a pair of needle nose pliers to change the stiffness of the shocks, but unfortunately I haven't been able to find what orientation is stiffer vs. softer, so you would have to play around with it a bit. Either that, or just swap them out for different shocks.
Alright, I'll look for them.

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