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Old 07-16-17, 08:22 PM
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I got clamped on my rear.

As I dig deeper into my project. I found these attached to my spring. I assume the concept is to change the spring rate by limiting compression. Im like WTF, this is cheap ****.
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Old 07-16-17, 08:34 PM
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That's nasty!
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It's kind of like what Chris Rock says.... I don't agree with it, but I understand.

Whatever metal, or tempering, Mazda made the RX-7 springs with, was really bad. This is why lowering springs would make a car sit HIGHER, in the 1990s when the cars were just used cars.
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Ive seen those things before. Usually used to Lower a car in the most half arsed and cheapest way possible. Either way, they are nasty and those springs should be replaced.
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Haven't seen one of those i a long time. Glad you found it. Are you planning on ditching it?
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Its just ... just ... Arggghh! I'm speechless! WTF!

I've heard people suggesting doing this or the opposite to lower the car but really? Some one really did it.

Quick, make sure the mufflers bearings are in good shape too!
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I hate when I find something like that on a car. It makes you wonder what other surprises you will find.
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Old 07-17-17, 11:05 AM
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Haven't seen one of those i a long time. Glad you found it. Are you planning on ditching it?
You will find them for sale on craigslist under S&M and alternative lifestyles.
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A close look at how its installed,looks like previous owner was possibly trying to restore ride height to a collapsed spring? Replaced a fair amount of oe springs under warranty when these cars were only a year old or so for sagging,bottoming,leaning.
They were not the best quality. A lot of customers upgraded to Eibach springs & Koni struts/shocks we sold thru parts dept. at dealership.
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For new springs it looks like RacingBeat is the only came in town. Shall I assume that Eibach and Suspension Techniques are discontinued?
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Everyone who says they used it to lower the car needs to pay closer attention.
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For new springs it looks like RacingBeat is the only came in town. Shall I assume that Eibach and Suspension Techniques are discontinued?
Personally haven't seen Eibach springs for a 1st gen for some time. I don't think they make them anymore. They do make spring kits for modern cars,i suppose not enough demand for 1st gen springs anymore. St springs should still be available,they are a progressive spring,used them on a GSL i redid suspension on for a customer as was what he wanted.
RB springs are what i prefer,they are firm,firmer than St springs.
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Everyone who says they used it to lower the car needs to pay closer attention.
I don't think anyone said that this was a lowering tool in this circumstance. If one was to reverse the brackets, it could be used to compress the spring. This is an atrocity no matter how you look at it.
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When I first had my rx-7, I was tempted to do that in order to address the drive shaft hitting the body. So if you remove those spring compressors you might have the same problem. After +10 years , I solved the problem by putting some washers on the rear transmission mount.

The problem got really really worse after an indy shop rebuilt the clutch. He didn't reinstall the trans mount washers.

After 27 years of turning wrench on my rx-7, it was apparent that it was in a wreck, a bad wreck, a very bad wreck, a very bad fiery wreck!!

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When I first had my rx-7, I was tempted to do that in order to address the drive shaft hitting the body. So if you remove those spring compressors you might have the same problem. After +10 years , I solved the problem by putting some washers on the rear transmission mount.

The problem got really really worse after an indy shop rebuilt the clutch. He didn't reinstall the trans mount washers.

After 27 years of turning wrench on my rx-7, it was apparent that it was in a wreck, a bad wreck, a very bad wreck, a very bad fiery wreck!!
Mine is a head scratcher. the hood was replaced. the radiator support sheetmetal was bent up a bit. Nothing that patience and motivation couldn't solve. but that was it. The geometry of the car is dead on for what is spec. it's almost like the slid in under a raised platform and caught the hood and torqued the radiator support a bit.
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JC Whitney used to sell those, and also the "twist in" kind that looked kind of like a spiral lug nut, to fix sagging springs.
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Everyone who says they used it to lower the car needs to pay closer attention.
They can be used either way, but they shouldn't be used at all.
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JC Whitney used to sell those, and also the "twist in" kind that looked kind of like a spiral lug nut, to fix sagging springs.
Saw a lot of the latter on domestic cars back in 70s,80s.
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Back in the 70's we use to use these or shock extenders along with air shocks to raise the rear the the car for big wheels. I had a 1975 Monte Carlo like that. My car was so tall, I had to use my toolbox under the bumper jack so it could reach the bumper.
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JC Whitney used to sell those, and also the "twist in" kind that looked kind of like a spiral lug nut, to fix sagging springs.
This is what I was told they were for, to fix sagging springs. If you look at how they are installed they're pushing up on the spring, raising the ride height. Just ridiculous what people will go through to avoid buying new parts...

My RX-8 had those on the rear since they're prone to sagging hardcore in the back end.
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Originally Posted by KansasCityREPU View Post
Back in the 70's we use to use these or shock extenders along with air shocks to raise the rear the the car for big wheels. I had a 1975 Monte Carlo like that. My car was so tall, I had to use my toolbox under the bumper jack so it could reach the bumper.
I'd like to see pictures of that, sounds ridiculous!
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I'd like to see pictures of that, sounds ridiculous!
Car lowering, car raising, raise the front, raise the rear, curb feelers, rear wing or spoiler, whistler muffler, under sized wheels, over sized wheels, spinning rims......so many ridiculous fads

Did I miss any? Bouncing cars.
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Originally Posted by midnight mechanic View Post
Car lowering, car raising, raise the front, raise the rear, curb feelers, rear wing or spoiler, whistler muffler, under sized wheels, over sized wheels, spinning rims......so many ridiculous fads

Did I miss any? Bouncing cars.

Excessive neg camber.
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80s slot car look with the stretched tires sticking 8" out from the fender...
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In high school I begged my parents to let me buy an old Dodge Barracuda and was denied. "I'll pay, I swear, pleeeease!"

It started with a screwdriver and was raised in the back with "ladder bars" and 2 or 3 of those horrible spring blocks on each side. But these were even shittier AFAIR...they just twisted into the coil and were expected to stay there.

Kids, listen to your parents! :P
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