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Thread: 84 Colony Park: need 1 to 2" more ride height in the front!t

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    Default 84 Colony Park: need 1 to 2" more ride height in the front!t

    Hi y'all, I went hog wild with the motor/turbo combo in my wagon and now it sits super low in the front. I already swapped on an aluminum bumper but I need like another 1 to 2 inches of ride height....any gurus know of a set of coil springs or other option to accomplish that?

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    Are your stock springs old and worn out?
    Maybe pick some "heavy duty" stock springs off RA? Or cop springs...
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    Husky and Lesjofors (in addition to Moog and Movotech) offer many options but you would need to check with them to see if they offer anything to give the height boost you are looking for.
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    They are original but it is fairly low mileage on the chassis (130k or so). I know spring rate doesn't change with age but possibly they are sagging some too.

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    Maybe some 1 or 2" spring spacers would work?
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    Quote Originally Posted by drhill View Post
    Maybe some 1 or 2" spring spacers would work?
    Yeah, I guess. But reinstalling stock size springs is already a total pain in the posterior, can't image it's any easier with a spacer.
    Since you've added considerable weight on the front, a heavier spring rate wouldn't do any harm atleast.
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    found the specs in the suspension sticky for the wagon springs:

    Product Specs
    Part Number 8650
    Inside Diameter 4.039
    End Type 1 Square
    End Type 2 Tangential
    Bar Diameter 0.687
    Install Height 11.50
    Load in Pounds 1720.0
    Spring Rate 432.0
    Free Height 15.51
    Front Coil Springs

    You could order some custom made just a little thicker for a stiffer spring (maybe 850-950) rate to get those extra few inches.

    But yeah... some frame pocket spacers would probably work best since even with 2 inches, the springs would still be up inside the frame.

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    try checking specs for stuff in the mid-late 90s. At one point I tried circa 2000 Grand Marquis springs on my Towncar and it raised the front end considerably. Physically anything up to 2002 will fit.

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    Anyone ever try these these rubber donuts from Mr Gasket. I forgot about them...used once years ago on an old car and gave me an inch boost. Don't know of these are a good idea or not...
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    Are you considering doing this the "proper" way? With the setup in your sig, I think I wouldn't want to add to the sketchiness.
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    Good point, not the best way to accomplish the goal.
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    Front late(r) model cop springs will raise the front. Moog 80090, 1998 crown vic police interceptor front springs.

    Had a set on my MGM. Depending on what rear spring you have it may "over" lift it a bit. If I had to do-over I would cut one coil. But since you got added weight they may put it just right for you.

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