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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-27-2004, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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question/issues with front heated springs tbird 1996!!!!

I have a 1996 tbird v-6 and i bought it lowered but the guy got the front springs heated and i heard thats not good in the long run, but man its really low in the front well rear too and i was thinking about gwetting new springs so it can raise up a liitle cause it sure scrapes alot when going into dips and driveways etc my girl will be driving it mostly and she doesnt like to low of a car.

My question is can i put the springs in myself and where do i get springs and is thier diffrent specs for springs? Also how about the rear are there springs back thier too?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-27-2004, 10:56 PM
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you should be able to get replacement springs for it rather easy.. either through your choice of parts house or through ford. You can also go the aftermarket route and get springs.. but those will usually be lowering springs. The front springs you can't install yourself unless you have a wall mounted spring compressor.. it's coil over shock.. kinda like how you see struts built. (If you need shocks, it would be wise to replace them at the same time.) The rear springs you can man-handle into place but it probably wouldn't be easy. I had a set of spring braces that held the spring compressed so I could pull it out.. Lowered springs went in so it wasn't so bad putting them back in.
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thanks for reply.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-30-2004, 10:01 PM
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Yeah, heating springs to lower them is a really bad idea. It lowers the hardness, thus fatigue resistance goes right out the window. Plus, that car is going to bottom out like mad with the same rate as stock. Cutting is a better option, but not much. You really should replace them.

I be many people on here have a set of stock, unmolested springs sitting in their garage, just like I do. You should be able to find someone relatively local to you. They are heavy.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-31-2004, 12:13 AM
 
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The rear springs are actually easy to swap out. All you have to do is: Jack up the car (put it on stands!), remove the wheel, then take off the shock (Replacing it wouldn't be a bad idea since you've already got it out), disconnect the swaybar endlinks (upgrading to a bigger swaybar is easy at this point too), remove the two bolts at the bottom where the lower control arm connects to the hub, and then the control arm should be able to just drop down. Push it as far as it'll go with your foot, while yanking out on the spring. It should come out fairly easily. If you don't want much drop, go with the Vogtland springs. I just put them in my car and it only dropped it maybe an inch, if that. Plus, they're much stiffer than stock, so you probably have even less chance of bottoming out with them. Another plus is that lowering springs are easier to put back in.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-31-2004, 11:19 PM
 
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I bought my SC springs from a junkyard in TX for $60. They still looked like new, with no rust, and the rubber coating was still perfect on them. Springs are everywhere.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-06-2004, 09:51 PM
 
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I have a set of 1996 V-6 springs sitting in my garage with only around 25,000 miles on them. Let me know if you're interested.
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