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Getting my van this weekend and installing 19" Focus RS rims soon thereafter. I'm not holding my breath for a bolt-on coilover kit so for now I'd just like to put a mild 1" drop on it. Is there an H&R or Eibach spring kit available? Google isn't finding anything.

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Waiting for pictures , I lowered my rig with 500 Lbs of tools in the back.

What will is the size of the tire you will be using on the 19 inch rims?

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245/35/19

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that's a bent rim in NH !

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Mustang nice to see you are well. It is in Vermont also

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There's more sidewall than you'd think since it's a 245 width tire. 35% of 245mm is 85.75mm or 3.38". My SO has a Fiesta ST with 195/17r45's and our sidewalls look identical.

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The 245/35/19 has a sidewall of 3.4 inches , The stock tire 215/55/16 has a side wall of 4.7 . In Vermont with dirt roads in the mix even the stock tire is vulnerable to tire and Rim issues . You must have the luxury of smooth roads. I saw the photo of your rig looks very nice.

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Can you post up any pics of this setup? I am also considering 19" wheels and would love to see how it looks on your TC.

 

Also, any update on lowering springs that you've come across?

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Thanks! That looks fantastic. Perfect amount of lowering.

I have the same color in the LWB and am doing 19x8.5 wheels as well. What lowering kit did you go with? Was it the MYC MK2 spring kit (cheaper solution) or the ultimate coilover set?

How is the ride quality now and do you get any rubbing with full turn of the steering wheel? Finally, what is the offset of those RS wheels?

 

Thanks for sharing.

 

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Just the MK2 springs. I didn't like the coil over option because the fronts have to be removed to adjust the damping. Amazingly there is zero rubbing even when I'm overloaded. My only gripe is the rear springs are little too soft for me because when the van is loaded with lots of stuff I'm sagging in the rear and will sometimes scrap my trailer hitch on driveways. I'm looking into rear air shocks for when I have heavy loads. I just need to measure the stock shocks to find the right model number.

 

Sorry I don't recall the offset, but I think I wrote it down in the wheel thread section somewhere.

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On 3/13/2017 at 6:40 PM, DapperVan said:

Lowering springs from ModYourConnect.com

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 That looks great. But not very functional. ?

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On 6/24/2017 at 11:33 AM, MLB said:

 That looks great. But not very functional. ?

How so?

Mine has the same lowering spring kit and the ride quality is almost identical to stock. I go over speed bumps without problems and I haven't scraped anything due to clearance issues (Haven't had any issues). I was actually very surprised with just how good the ride quality was. You may lose a little bit of weight capacity with less travel, but I've loaded up 14+ bags of soil/mulch and more in there and it still hasn't had any clearance issues.

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On 6/24/2017 at 11:33 AM, MLB said:

 That looks great. But not very functional. ?

Hey the car looks beautiful and exactly the look I'm going for with my TC but I just need to know did you need spacers for your wheels or they fit factory without an adapter?

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You don't need spacers. In fact, if you use spacers with a wheel that's already that wide, they will protrude out past the fender well and look a bit "odd".

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5 hours ago, Captainobvious said:

You don't need spacers. In fact, if you use spacers with a wheel that's already that wide, they will protrude out past the fender well and look a bit "odd".

 

The world would be a sad boring place without "odd". I like the wheel to protrude out past the fender but by virtue of a wide tire. A tall skinny tire, not so much.

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8 hours ago, OLDSCHOOLFOOL said:

 

The world would be a sad boring place without "odd". I like the wheel to protrude out past the fender but by virtue of a wide tire. A tall skinny tire, not so much.

 

I'm all for tall skinny tires:

 

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Yes, for some a tall skinny tire has appeal where the next person may like a broader more robust tire. Some even like to have both at the same time just to make it interesting.

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Posted (edited)

 

 

 

This is without any spacers. If you add spacers, they will protrude for sure out past the fender edges. Also your wheel offset makes a difference in this as well. If you get the correct size wheels (bolt pattern and offset) then no you don't need any spacers or adapters. I'm not saying it can't be done if you prefer that look, simply that it's something to note for those wondering.

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Hijacking my own thread to ask...does anyone know the rear shock bolt diameter? I'm looking to put Monroe MA817 air shocks out back. They have a 1/2" sleeve ID. I measured the thread sticking out of the stock shocks and it appears 1/2" but I want to be sure. All aftermarket shocks for our van on RockAuto have larger sleeves, but guessing they use reducers.

 

Love my lowered van, but the back end bottoms out when fully loaded with junk in the trunk.

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Nevermind I finally found the specs. 12mm in case anyone is curious. Will use 1/2" bolts with the MA817's. Should be perfect.

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That should be close  1/2 " is just shy of 13 MM

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