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Old 10-29-2012, 02:46 AM   #1
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Hey, I've been looking around for some springs for my 2000 SE, and I see a lot of these cheap like $80 sets of 4 online, and I'm wondering if anyone knows about these. I was lurking around and seen that some people were saying not to get them (most people actually) but right now both my rear springs are broken... my local Napa is the cheapest place I can find stock springs, and they want like $100 for just the rears. Eventually I am going to redo the entire suspension, so I just need something that will last me a year or so. And if I can get all 4 springs for less then just the rears, I'm wondering if I should do it. (And I'm looking at lowering springs, they seem to be cheaper then the stock springs..) Any advice would be appreciated. And also I am very, very hard up for money right now... Like I can hardly afford the $100 stock springs from Napa... (Hence why I'm considering the cheaper ones.)

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These are the ones I'm somewhat considering.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Front-Rear-B...818334&vxp=mtr


http://www.ebay.com/itm/1-9-DROP-SUS...09881f&vxp=mtr

These last ones though I think will be way too much of a drop for stock struts.


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Old 10-29-2012, 05:23 AM   #2
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Can't comment directly, but I read the links, I'm an engineer, and I've never heard of "Cold Wounded Steel." I doubt their quality control is any better than their command of the English language. The fact that most people say not to get them should be a warning.
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^You've never heard of cold rolled?
It's one of the most common ways to form metal (not smelt metal).


Why not look for used stock springs?
Pretty sure many of us would let a set of rears go for cheap.
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Old 10-29-2012, 03:00 PM   #4
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Well I'm not too sure if getting a used set from someone, and shipped would be cheaper. Best I think I found was someone off Craigslist, wanted $50 for them, but then it was like $30 shipping and handling. Which is the same price for the set of 4 news off ebay with free shipping. Another reason, I think my one front is actually cracked and they didn't notice it when I went to get it inspected. Lol. I'm sort of rushed to get this, and get it done. My inspection runs out in 2 days, and I drive my car for a living. (Delivery Driver.) And I don't want to risk getting in trouble for it. Like, honestly I could get the stock new springs from Napa, I was just hoping to be able to save like $30 and get all 4 instead of just the rears.. Hmm... basically Just trying to find out with those Ebay springs will hold up for me, or if they are complete junk and gonna break on me in a few weeks. Lol.
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With either of those cheap springs sets shown you'll also have to get new shocks as well. Shorter stiffer springs require shorter firmer shocks to provide proper damping. Personally, I'd look into the Focus SVT kit. You get new springs, shocks, and a larger rear sway bar for less than 300.00 delivered to your door (Tousley Ford). That's a screaming deal for quality components that will greatly improve handling and have minimal impacts to ride quality.
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With either of those cheap springs sets shown you'll also have to get new shocks as well. Shorter stiffer springs require shorter firmer shocks to provide proper damping. Personally, I'd look into the Focus SVT kit. You get new springs, shocks, and a larger rear sway bar for less than 300.00 delivered to your door (Tousley Ford). That's a screaming deal for quality components that will greatly improve handling and have minimal impacts to ride quality.

Yeah just looked that up... looks pretty good... Might end up getting that. Can't right now though. I barely have $130 to work with, and I need both rear coils, sway-bar linkage, and have to patch a softball sized hole in bottom of the trunk.. Plus pay for the inspection...

But you don't think I can use those springs with the stock shocks? If it's just for a few months till I can get something better.. like.. what would it do? Just make the ride a little harder? Or would it actually be impossible to use them?
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The marketing info for both say the rear spring rates are 230lbs/inch. In simple terms that's twice as stiff as your stock rear springs. In addition the second spring listed drops 1.9 inches. That's pretty significant. The stock shock will not properly dampen that spring. The spring rate will cause a stock shock (especially one with any significant mileage on it) to outright fail pretty quickly. Without proper damping the rear end will bounce up and down uncontrollably (like a golf ball on concrete). An to be honest, there aren't too many affordable shocks that can handle this spring rate and amount of drop.
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Get the svt kit.
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