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    2nd Gen. Civic Hatchback

    Looking to keep the car as close to stock as possible, although appreciate the modified stock look. I want to lower the vehicle down a few inches and run a smaller tire/ wheel combo. Wheels are fairly easy to find, but suspension is a trick, does anybody have any ideas on spring companies or other car springs that will fit? ...

    Here are some pics of how it looks currently as purchased.


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    Car looks great, man. My '79 site on factory heated springs.

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    thanks qdseeker. i did not want to have to heat coils but desperate times call for, well, heated coils... love these cars, always have, i was hooked back in 95 when I owned my first crx.

    what carb are you running?

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    Quote Originally Posted by illvin_toyota
    i did not want to have to heat coils but desperate times call for, well, heated coils...
    Heat is bad for springs. They lose their temper and start to sag a little more every day until they don't work at all. You'll be bouncing all over the road eventually.

    Although not ideal, it is better to take them out and cut a coil or two off than it is to heat them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by datsunfreak
    Quote Originally Posted by illvin_toyota
    i did not want to have to heat coils but desperate times call for, well, heated coils...
    Heat is bad for springs. They lose their temper and start to sag a little more every day until they don't work at all. You'll be bouncing all over the road eventually.

    Although not ideal, it is better to take them out and cut a coil or two off than it is to heat them.
    I respectfully have to disagree with 100% of this post, lolol. I heated my first set of springs on my 1980 Datsun 210 SW back in 1986. I've never looked back. I've owned about 30 cars or so...all of which I heated the springs on. Even now, 25 years later, I have 2 cars (both dailies) that are on heated springs. And I'm not talking an inch or two. I'm talking full on heating about 4-5 coils on each corner, lolol. I have NEVER had a suspension problem with ANY car I've owned with this method. I have never replaced a spring. They were the original springs that came on the car and never once did I have an issue. As far as ride quality goes, it's a much smoother ride on heat than cut. I'm also old school going back to when after market springs weren't available or readily available.

    This is all based on my experiences and the experiences of the dozens of people of whose cars I lowered by this style.

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    Now all we need is a purist to chime in and tell us that both options for lowering are the devils work and we will have a well rounded discussion going! - lmao

    Too heat or cut? Everyone has their own experience with both options that are negative & postitive. All I know is I have a 4x4 CVCC currently that wants to get low!!!... Either in moderation will work for me. I have know some friends that went crazy with the torch and bounced all over the road as an outcome - I will attempt the moderate approach.

    Its hard to believe that no other car manufacturer made a spring that was shorter & in the same circumference as the Honda spring.



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    Quote Originally Posted by illvin_toyota
    I have know some friends that went crazy with the torch and bounced all over the road as an outcome -
    As I said, I've been doing this for 25 years. A bit of experience can go a long way, man. But you got to do what you feel is good for you. My '79 actually has Civic EG springs that are cut in half and heated, lolol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qdseeker
    Quote Originally Posted by illvin_toyota
    I have know some friends that went crazy with the torch and bounced all over the road as an outcome -
    As I said, I've been doing this for 25 years. A bit of experience can go a long way, man. But you got to do what you feel is good for you. My '79 actually has Civic EG springs that are cut in half and heated, lolol.
    You threw the EG's on the 79's struts? I like to hear what has worked for other people...

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    1G and 2G Civic suspension is pretty different, I don't think EG/DC or other later model civic springs will fit your struts. I think there are some lowering springs made by 'ZOOM' for sale on Yahoo Japan for the EN/ 2G Civic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1GMatt
    1G and 2G Civic suspension is pretty different, I don't think EG/DC or other later model civic springs will fit your struts. I think there are some lowering springs made by 'ZOOM' for sale on Yahoo Japan for the EN/ 2G Civic.
    Thank you !!! I will check these out...

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