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Lowering my 88 by Pontiacguy86
Started on: 06-01-2015 09:58 PM
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Report this Post06-01-2015 09:58 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Pontiacguy86Click Here to Email Pontiacguy86Send a Private Message to Pontiacguy86Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I haven't really found an answer to my question so if someone has a good write up or link that would help but I want to lower my 88 formula. I can get a set of eibach lowering springs but they are for 84-87 would they work? If not why?
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Report this Post06-01-2015 11:04 PM Click Here to See the Profile for olejoedadClick Here to Email olejoedadSend a Private Message to olejoedadEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
They won't work because the length, diameter and rates are incorrect for the 88 suspension.......
Cutting the stock springs is a good option.
Lowering the car doesn't help the geometry.....

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West Coast Fiero has lower spring for an 88. I don't know what the lead time to get them.

http://www.westcoastfiero.c.../springs/springs.php

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Originally posted by Pontiacguy86:

I haven't really found an answer to my question so if someone has a good write up or link that would help but I want to lower my 88 formula. I can get a set of eibach lowering springs but they are for 84-87 would they work? If not why?


I have been told that the 1inch lowering springs I bought for my 86 will work on my formula, but I haven't gotten around to redoing the front suspension yet.

Once I get my 3800 swapped in, I wouldn't mind doing a cruise around Oneida Lake if you're interested sometime.
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Originally posted by DKcustoms:


I have been told that the 1inch lowering springs I bought for my 86 will work on my formula


It seems they will not if 88 are one year only springs.
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Hey
I just did this recently

after doing a lot of reading and asking questions.....
I ended up using the frt springs from an 86 GT with 1 1/2 coils removed in the frt of an 88 Formula.
That ended up puting the frt end the same hight as the rear, which is what I wanted.
The ride is a little bit firmer since, that increases the spring rate.

My opinion is that the ride is 100% better than stock since the stock ride was too soft for me.
Handling wise is much better also.
note: I must say that I also replaced the frt shocks n swaybar links at the same time.
Hope that helps

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Originally posted by 85LAMB:

Hey
I just did this recently

after doing a lot of reading and asking questions.....
I ended up using the frt springs from an 86 GT with 1 1/2 coils removed in the frt of an 88 Formula.
That ended up puting the frt end the same hight as the rear, which is what I wanted.
The ride is a little bit firmer since, that increases the spring rate.

My opinion is that the ride is 100% better than stock since the stock ride was too soft for me.
Handling wise is much better also.
note: I must say that I also replaced the frt shocks n swaybar links at the same time.
Hope that helps


Thanks, are you running stock size wheels and tires?
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Originally posted by 85LAMB:

Hey
I just did this recently

after doing a lot of reading and asking questions.....
I ended up using the frt springs from an 86 GT with 1 1/2 coils removed in the frt of an 88 Formula.
That ended up puting the frt end the same hight as the rear, which is what I wanted.
The ride is a little bit firmer since, that increases the spring rate.

My opinion is that the ride is 100% better than stock since the stock ride was too soft for me.
Handling wise is much better also.
note: I must say that I also replaced the frt shocks n swaybar links at the same time.
Hope that helps


My Formula is running 86 GT springs, shortened by 1.25 coils, in the front.
It's running 88 front springs, shortened by 1 coil, in the rear.
Both mods provide a slightly stiffer spring rate.

This is how it sits.

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Report this Post06-05-2015 05:06 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Jake_2m4Send a Private Message to Jake_2m4Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I used Rodney's lowering balljoints for the front. Lowered my 88 by exactly 1 inch.

Lowering ball joints

Although you also have to get longer sway bar end links. Rodney sells that too.

I made coil overs for the back, there's a build thread on how to do it on this forum somewhere. (cutting springs would be cheaper)
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Report this Post06-05-2015 07:41 PM Click Here to See the Profile for thesameguyClick Here to Email thesameguySend a Private Message to thesameguyEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
IIRC lowering ball joints typically interfere with brake upgrades, so if that's a thing you plan on doing be sure lowering ball joints won't be a roadblock in the future. That said, the nice thing about lowering balljoints is that they will help preserve front end geometry.
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Report this Post06-06-2015 05:28 PM Click Here to See the Profile for 85LAMBClick Here to Email 85LAMBSend a Private Message to 85LAMBEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
 
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Originally posted by 2.5:

Thanks, are you running stock size wheels and tires?


Yes, stock size wheels n tires


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Report this Post06-10-2015 11:52 AM Click Here to See the Profile for hnthompsClick Here to Email hnthompsSend a Private Message to hnthompsEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I also used Rodney's lowering ball joints on the front of an 88 Mera and coil overs on the back to improve the visual appearance of my car. Looks good and handles fine on the road.

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