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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-11-2003, 08:25 AM
tim rummell
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If anyone has hotchkis "lowering" kit # 1922 with stock tires (255-50/17 bfgs mine are new only 2k on them ) Please measure all four corners from ground to center of wheel well lip and post results I would appreciate it . My front is between 27.250" - 27.50" , rear is 26.5" .

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-11-2003, 08:57 AM
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Tim,
The box my Hotchkis springs came in said 19040009. Do you know if it's the same as 1922 or if not, what is the difference?
I have fairly worn 255/45/17 tires. My measurements from the ground to the bottom of the plastic molding that sourrounds the wheel well are 25" in the front and 25.5" in the back.
I have the opposite problem from yours. My front is lower than I would like it to be because I scrape too much.
I am under the impression that my car has settled more than the 1/8" Hotchkis tech says should be the max.
My guess is that in your case:
1) Front springs not fully seated in the upper spring pocket.
2) Front spring installed upside down. The closer wound coils go on top. The text on the label is right side up.
3) wrong or defective front spring.
Good luck. Please let us know what it was after you get it resolved.
Tim
post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-11-2003, 09:10 AM
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In my case, the slightly lower tire section height (calculated 4.5" vs. 4.9" stock) and worn tread are lowering me a bit. With new stock size tires I could possibly be almost 1" higher both front and back compared to these tires with worn tread. Closer to where it's supposed to be. (The measurements may vary between tire manufacturers, so not safe to say for sure just from calculating with effective with and aspect ratio).
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-11-2003, 09:39 AM
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I know the springs are installed with the writing so you can read it not upside down . I checked the part # on the spring and it was correct according to hotchkis . They also told they would send a new set of springs to me . I want to make sure this is the problem before I take the springs out and put new ones in and have the same results . It's not looking good so maybe I will have them send me a new set pull the ones out that are in there measure them If they are the same length put them back in and make sure they are not binding on any part of the frame .

I was also thinking about putting the stock front spring back in the car but cut it so the car is 1" lower .

Mark at hotchkis told me I could cut the hotchkis springs and remove the isolator to obtain the desired ride height .

Tim
post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-11-2003, 10:32 AM
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-11-2003, 11:00 AM
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According to your link

The front of yours is 1" lower than mine
the rear is about the same 26.5

I guess I have to pull the springs out to see if they are seated properly . Does anyone know the length of a hotchkis front spring not installed so I can check the length of mine to make sure I don't have bad parts .

Thanks Tim
post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-11-2003, 12:08 PM
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Guys, go measure from the center of the wheel to the fender lip...this rules out any differences in tire height both front and back...should help you all compare who's springs are doing what without worrying about tire size.
post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-12-2003, 09:06 AM
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I called hotchkis last night and explained my situation to them . I am going to pull the springs out on Wednesday afternoon to make sure everything is seated properly . Mark at hotchkis said they will take a new set of springs test them for for load and compression rates to make sure they are within spec and send them to me overnight . He said don't mess with the springs that I have already just put the new ones in and send the others back . I hope this will resolve my ride height problems .

HOTCHKIS HAS BEEN VERY HELPFUL AND A PLEASURE TO DEAL WITH !!! [img]smile.gif[/img]

Tim
post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-12-2003, 09:30 AM
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Originally posted by rumble96ss:
Mark at hotchkis said they will take a new set of springs test them for for load and compression rates to make sure they are within spec and send them to me overnight

HOTCHKIS HAS BEEN VERY HELPFUL AND A PLEASURE TO DEAL WITH !!! [img]smile.gif[/img]

Tim
Wow.

This post made my jaw hit the floor. It's great to see that a company still believes in customer service! This just reinforces my decision to go with Hotchkis springs when I lower the car...

Keep us posted, and good luck. [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-14-2003, 07:58 AM
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I got the new set of springs yesterday from Mark at Hotchkis , Installed them myself (with a little help from my buddy jack and his shop ) and now a ride height of 26.250 more where I want it to be . Still would like it a little lower but It will do for now . Thanks for everyones help .

Tim
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