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 Post subject: MX32 rear on AE86 coils
PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 7:59 pm 

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Thanks to hsitko for the tip on using the AE86 FRONT coils to lower the back of the MX32. Found a generic set on ebay cheap, and yes, the lower pigtail matches the stock spring so it sits perfectly on the lower perch! The cut spring coil is too big so it was moving and making nasty sounds when I hit any bump. The car sits lower than I would like, maybe the Camaro shocks will help a little, they're next. Thanks again bro!
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Down and done...


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 Post subject: Re: MX32 rear on AE86 coils
PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 12:09 am 

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I have heard this many times over the years " such and such shocks make my car sit higher/lower etc.".
But for the life of me I can't see how this happens. It could be right, maybe I just don't understand how shockies/dampers work :?

Have a good one....John B.

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 Post subject: Re: MX32 rear on AE86 coils
PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 2:14 am 

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I figure 35 year old factory shocks have lost some juice...they do feel kinda dead. I'll see what happens...Gabriel makes a coilover shock for Camaro...looks interesting.


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 Post subject: Re: MX32 rear on AE86 coils
PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 8:19 am 

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Rumbles wrote:
I have heard this many times over the years " such and such shocks make my car sit higher/lower etc.".
But for the life of me I can't see how this happens. It could be right, maybe I just don't understand how shockies/dampers work :?

Have a good one....John B.


You are correct. Dampers/shocks will not affect a vehicles ride height unless they are air shocks or load helpers.

Any shock/damper that us JNC'ers would be installing on our cars serve one purpose only and that is to control the speed of spring movement. THEY DO NOT BEAR ANY LOAD. The reason that "stiff" shocks make a car ride rough is not because it increases effective spring rate but that it prevents the suspension from compressing quickly.

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 Post subject: Re: MX32 rear on AE86 coils
PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 11:41 am 

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Location: Alberta
Hey, that doesn't look like it turned out too badly. Can you get a wider profile shot? Did you change the panhard rod too?

You're right though, that does seem to sit a bit lower than the hstiko's, are your springs stock replacements or lowering springs for an AE86?


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 Post subject: Re: MX32 rear on AE86 coils
PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 12:36 pm 

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Thanks for the shock info. I had air shocks on my Chevelle back in the day, but it was the 'look'...not the best to make the shock carry the weight of the car!
The springs were 1.5" lowering springs...I'll try get a profile shot for ya.


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 Post subject: Re: MX32 rear on AE86 coils
PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 4:02 pm 

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Location: Seattle
Well hello everybodies! NO replacing shocks will not have any effect on your ride height! Your ride height will be controlled exclusively by the spring. You could always come up with a spacer for the top of the spring where it meets to the body. Basically just a metal ring. You could even use the old springs and cut off a complete coil, heat it up and turn it into a ring. Get creative! Glad that this is working out for other people. The ride height would be way rad with not oem wheels on there. I'm very happy other people are having fun with these awesome old cars! MX32 FTW!!!


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 Post subject: Re: MX32 rear on AE86 coils
PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 4:22 pm 

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Thanks for the tip! Yeah, a metal donut...perfect! haha.


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 Post subject: Re: MX32 rear on AE86 coils
PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:02 pm 

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Just bought this 1" spacer on ebay...1" lift the easy way, sits right on the top coil...perfect.
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 Post subject: Re: MX32 rear on AE86 coils
PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:54 am 

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Sweet, update us on the ride height when you slap em on. Looks like I just found my rear suspension solution as well!


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 Post subject: Re: MX32 rear on AE86 coils
PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 1:27 pm 

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stefman454 wrote:
Sweet, update us on the ride height when you slap em on. Looks like I just found my rear suspension solution as well!

Will, do, it rides nice and quiet with the new springs! No more clank-squeek when I go up or down driveways and speed bumps. I'm sure the new shocks and rubber donut will improve the ride.


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 Post subject: Re: MX32 rear on AE86 coils
PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:13 pm 

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NICE FIND!!! That is exactly what i'm talking about. I might just use a set of those too if i decide that mine is too low. Good work!


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 Post subject: Re: MX32 rear on AE86 coils
PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:44 pm 

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These were about $20 with free ship, a lot more pricey urethane and metal ones, but this one should do the trick.


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 Post subject: Re: MX32 rear on AE86 coils
PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2013 7:55 pm 

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Just put the spacers in...cake and it brought it up one stinkin' inch! :mrgreen: I'll drive it tonight, I'm sure it will be fine....it's hard to see a 1" diff, but my RF tail was dragging on the ground...now it's 1/2" off the ground...
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 Post subject: Re: MX32 rear on AE86 coils
PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 9:15 am 
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I like the drop on those springs, can you link the Ebay ad? I cant seem to find one on Ebay thats selling only 2. :tu:

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 Post subject: Re: MX32 rear on AE86 coils
PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 5:42 pm 

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I had to buy the set, at $90.00 shipped, it was the best deal for me, especially since I'm in Hawaii...
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Blue-Lowering-Spring-4pcs-Toyota-Corolla-AE86-84-85-86-87-All-Front-Rear-/360624116481?_trksid=p2047675.m1850&_trkparms=aid%3D222001%26algo%3DSIC.CURRENT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D11%26meid%3D6851698741455392968%26pid%3D100011%26prg%3D1005%26rk%3D1%26sd%3D360603454388%26


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 Post subject: Re: MX32 rear on AE86 coils
PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 1:50 pm 

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how are these working out for you? what did you do for front?


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 Post subject: Re: MX32 rear on AE86 coils
PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 5:00 pm 

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So far so good. I never changed the rear shock, it rides fine. The front is just cut coils and it actually rides very nice.


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 Post subject: Re: MX32 rear on AE86 coils
PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 6:52 pm 

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sweet! the coils on ebay are like 70 shipped so cant beat that! how far you cut the front?


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 Post subject: Re: MX32 rear on AE86 coils
PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 2:38 pm 

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Sorry, springs were already cut. The ride is nice and the stance is great for a daily...good luck.
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