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« Reply #15 on: December 02, 2009, 05:22:25 PM »

is there a limit of how low to go? and what other modifications would be needed? how much stiffer would it be? would that be bad for the car?
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« Reply #16 on: December 02, 2009, 09:28:04 PM »

I wouldn't cut more than one coil, any more and you will be getting close to the bump stops in normal driving. Hitting bottom in normal driving will cause severe damage in a short time. My Fiero has one coil cut from the front without shortening the bump stops, it just hammers me sometimes. The rear has been converted to coil-overs so it's completely height adustable. The car is only lowered 1 1/2 inches and looks completely different, a little lowering goes a long way. A difference of 1" in ride height may reduce suspension travel 2" or more, consider the total spring height. Plus the front camber will be way off and not adjustable any further, rear too in AWD Teks but not so bad. You're messing with a well engineered suspension system, any changes might have negative consequences.

I agree with Guyver280z, go slow, you can't put material back.
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« Reply #17 on: December 02, 2009, 09:57:33 PM »

so not more than a coil? is that even worth the time to do? And I want it lowered a little bit more in the back. I HATE how much wheel well there is and how the Aztek is pointed face down yanno?
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« Reply #18 on: December 02, 2009, 11:37:00 PM »

with the front of our azteks you can only get a wheel thats 1.5" bigger in diameter to fit... as with the lift, my back has been an inch higher for a while now, its the front thats complicated.. i was able to to put a 5/8" maximum spacer in between the engine cradle and the body with no problems... its just figuring out a spacer for the top of the stuts thats going to suck... and as of late i've been way to busy at work to figure something out... but i'll keep you posted   
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« Reply #19 on: December 03, 2009, 11:35:04 AM »



 There are places that sell shackles that compress the coil spring.  They look like big "U" bolts, and two go on each spring- one for each side of it.
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« Reply #20 on: December 03, 2009, 02:15:27 PM »

do I leave the compressors on it when I put in on the car?
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« Reply #21 on: December 03, 2009, 02:18:17 PM »

and where do they sell them?
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« Reply #22 on: December 03, 2009, 02:29:10 PM »

http://www.jcwhitney.com/jcwhitney/category.jcw?nval=1101011314&statenval=0&shopid=100001&pageid=10&leftnavcat=true
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« Reply #23 on: December 03, 2009, 04:07:18 PM »

when the time comes, that 3" lowering kit is MINE. Will I need new shocks or anything?
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« Reply #24 on: December 14, 2009, 12:00:58 PM »

So, I got a set of 225/75R16 Michelins which appeared to be re threaded with a crazy Mud Terrain belt so I assume they turned out bigger than 225/75 because they hit the shock's coil plate (which I had to hammer to get out of the way....)

Here are some photos without any lift kit's yet:





Since my friends call my Tek the "Thundertank" (From the Thunder Cats) I decided to give em the pleasure and make some new center caps since I didn't wanted Honda logos on my wheels and at the same time I wanted a black and red center cap like the original Pontiac ones.





The front wheels rub EVERYWHERE while I turn and the tires seems to be pretty loud, but I'm used to loud tires. I'll trim the plastic where the tires are rubbing to avoid the noise and hopefully with the 1" spacers I'm planning to use on the entire suspension they'll clear better.

What you guys think?? SUV or Minivan??? :wacko:
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« Reply #25 on: December 14, 2009, 12:47:07 PM »

THUNDER CATS... HOOOOOOO! Smiley Awesome stickers.

Not SUV, Not MiniVan... The one and only AZTEK! :wacko:
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« Reply #26 on: December 14, 2009, 01:23:55 PM »

What you guys think?? SUV or Minivan??? :wacko:
Dude I LOVE your Aztek!  I am very impressed!
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« Reply #27 on: December 14, 2009, 02:07:52 PM »

 Grin

Thanks guys. You have pretty cool Teks too.

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« Reply #28 on: December 14, 2009, 04:24:50 PM »

Guyver280z, it looks Awesome!!  I am looking to do 235/65r17 Michilen LXT A/T tires.  Your tires and these are the same overall diameter.  I saw how travisl_2727 lifted his rear with the spacers, but have not heard how he lifted the front end.  How are you going to lift your tek?

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« Reply #29 on: December 14, 2009, 04:44:56 PM »

Guyver280z, it looks Awesome!!  I am looking to do 235/65r17 Michilen LXT A/T tires.  Your tires and these are the same overall diameter.  I saw how travisl_2727 lifted his rear with the spacers, but have not heard how he lifted the front end.  How are you going to lift your tek?

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The rear will be just the same, a 1" spacer.

For the front the entire suspension cradle comes with the transmission and engine mounted on top so the whole thing can be easily lowered 1" or maybe 2" to compensate the factory tilt to the front. For a 1" drop I think the stock upper engine mounts should be good enough, but for a 2" drop maybe a bit longer engine mount could be needed. Some hoses and pipes might need to be extended but I don't think 1" should be a big deal. The steering telescopic shaft might still have enough adjustment to reach the drop, in case it doesn't an extension for the steering shaft will be needed. Finally the same spacers used in the back can be used in the front with 1" longer bolts, and in order to keep the whole suspension working as factory specs a 1" spacer between the shock towers and the shocks should be needed too. I'll recommend an adjustable coil over shock but that can get a bit pricey.

Ill try to do some more research this weekend. Grin
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