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Offline YngLngMan

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Mustang Springs
« on: Jun 06, 2020, 04:05:34 pm »
Hello, I'm new here. I own a 1982 Celica GT (SRA). My car has about 280k miles, and the suspension has certainly seen better days. I rebuilt the 22R in my garage, but getting parts for it was simple, since the 4Runner community still supports the engine.

I found sources for new shocks and strut inserts, and have been digging through the forums trying to find sources for springs. A couple people have recommended using Foxbody Mustang springs in the rear, but also to cut a coil out. I would much rather not have to cut my springs. Does anyone have any experience using aftermarket lowering springs (for a fox)?

Also, I've been trying to find springs for the front. I'm aware T3 makes a coilover conversion kit, but I have limited funds, and zero experience welding. There was also something about using Civic coilovers in the front, but that thread was very old, from what I remember. Are there any springs that fit the front struts that I could use?

Thank you!

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Offline sirdan

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Re: Mustang Springs
« Reply #1 on: Jun 06, 2020, 05:01:17 pm »
my car I had civic springs with the adjustable coilover sleeve that I got from bob i think it might have been from a 90s civic? then I used T3 top hats and got mr2 rear struts. You have to put washers in the tube under the strut to space it up so the gland nut will actually tighten against the strut and hold it in. Worked very well but I had an engine about 50 pounds heavier than the 22re. might be a little stiff with the 22re but probably not horrible. The rear I got stock replacement springs but I got progressive rate which I would not recommend they gave me horrible wheel hop. if you get springs don't get the progressive rate.
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Re: Mustang Springs
« Reply #2 on: Jun 08, 2020, 06:33:11 am »
My setup uses the T3 weld-ons up front with MR2 strut inserts, 8 kg/mm coilover springs, and AE86 6 kg/mm lowering springs and 20mm Energy Suspension spring isolators in the rear with Mustang shocks. The Civic sleeves are going to be your best non-weld setup, unless you get a set of King springs from AU, but shipping will kill.
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Re: Mustang Springs
« Reply #3 on: Jul 01, 2020, 06:17:35 am »
I ran the civic "coilovers" for a bit, got them off amazon for 50 bucks, meant for an eg civic. I have two things to say about them. Firstly they are BOUNCY. and they clunk alot. At least mine did. Secondly they made an improvement so drastic compared to my worn out OE springs that I could barely believe it. On smooth roads they were amazing. I'd recommend doing them now, then do the Techno toy tuning weld on kit. It was a good journey for me
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