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 Post subject: Re: Lowering my EL wagon
Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:44 am 
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Doing that will lower the suspension approx 1" to 1.5"s, but, it will soften the rear end.

This will mean you will bottom out very easily with anything over two passengers etc.

I did this trick but sourced a second pair of leaf springs from a ute, and then used an extra small spring on top to retain the stiffness.

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 Post subject: Re: Lowering my EL wagon
Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 2:45 pm 
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Ben,

Could you please show me a picture of what you mean by a:
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extra small spring on top to retain the stiffness.


Here are a few more pics of the wagon. Notice how the rear sits higher than the front? could I get away without doing anything to the front suspension?

 

 

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 Post subject: Re: Lowering my EL wagon
Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 3:28 pm 
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drewh wrote:
krisisdog wrote:
Flip the shortest leaf over, bolt back to lead setup.
Chop a coil off the front.


Anyone else recommend this or not?



Very dodgy.
I only paid $170 to have my AU ute leaves reset and reconditioned. If your going to do the job do it properly.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Lowering my EL wagon
Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 12:08 am 
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Thanks EVL098 - i probably won't do it.

Do you/anyone think 17" EL XR6 rims would look good on the EL??...Im thinking of picking up a pair for $450 on eBay (+60% tread)

 

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 Post subject: Re: Lowering my EL wagon
Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 6:56 pm 
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What would my wagon look best lowered at? I still want to use it to carry things in the back without it bottoming out. Just confirming that I will have to purchase new front springs (as well as the lowering blocks)?
-1"
-1.5"
-2"
-Or more?

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 Post subject: Re: Lowering my EL wagon
Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:04 pm 
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I think the standard EL XR6 rims were 16" Dude. :P

 

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 Post subject: Re: Lowering my EL wagon
Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:11 pm 
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drewh wrote:
Thanks EVL098 - i probably won't do it.

Do you/anyone think 17" EL XR6 rims would look good on the EL??...Im thinking of picking up a pair for $450 on eBay (+60% tread)


No such thing as a 17" EL XR Rim. Only 17" rims from the factory fitted to E Series were EB GT, EL GT and the FBT.
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 Post subject: Re: Lowering my EL wagon
Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:41 pm 
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all depends on how low you wanna go mate.

if you want it to look mint but be totally unpractical
id go King springs SSL (-70mm) front coil, king springs only make a leaf in SL (-50mm) or get the leaf reset and put some 1-1.5inch lowering blocks.
the tailshaft will probably hit the body alot, bottom out and it will scrape. but it will look awesome!

if you want more practical. go SL front and SL rear leaf or leaf reset.

and wheels. dont waste 450 on those xr wheels. get something nice.
whatever you buy make sure it is in pre-au offset! anything from AU onwards will NOT fit your car.

personally id go with a set of 19inch GT-P copies. pre au offset.

would be a nice looking wagon then.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Lowering my EL wagon
Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 9:21 pm 
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I think the standard EL XR6 rims were 16" Dude. :P

Sorry, I forgot to mention - they aren't genuine XR6. They're 17" copies...but ill take into account "cwhitz" advice. thanks!

 

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 Post subject: Re: Lowering my EL wagon
Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 9:52 pm 
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at one stage i was gonna get an EF wagon. i photoshopped this to see what it would look like

this is with 19inch dark agents

 

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 Post subject: Re: Lowering my EL wagon
Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 12:46 am 
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Any progress on your wags mate? Interested to see what you've done.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Lowering my EL wagon
Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 2:11 am 
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2" blocks in the back
ssl springs and lowered shocks in the front
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 Post subject: Re: Lowering my EL wagon
Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 6:56 pm 
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Thanks for your interest peoples...sorry not much has happened!
- I replaced a LHS indicator unit because the lens broke off
- I need to remove the mud flaps soon. So that’s going to happen!
- These wheels should be turning up soon... in Melb ATM. 17" CSA...they're copies of the EF/EL tickford. Hopefully they're ok.
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cwhitz - I like the dark agents but unfortunally out of the price bracket!

- When I get the wheels I see if it makes any difference to ride height. I've read through a few forums and was thinking about 30mm low springs for the front and 2" lowering blocks on the back OR get the springs reset. I think spring reset may be a little pricey. If I go the blocks I will read up about what BenJ did with load helpers - I have no idea how/what they are but he said they help stiffen to rear or something?!

- Wouldn't mind clear side indicators, but the eBay ones are too expensive! Other people said they managed to fit BA one's on, not sure how they did it tho.

- I’m also on the lookout for a XR6 wagon rear spoiler! What do people think about that? Hard to find unfortunately.

Help and comments appreciated!

Cheers
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 Post subject: Re: Lowering my EL wagon
Posted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 10:25 pm 
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This my go at photo editing. What do you guys think? (I have since removed the mudflaps & painted the exhaust tip silver zinc - for the heck of it....thats just btw)
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 Post subject: Re: Lowering my EL wagon
Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 10:19 am 
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My EL was lowered by pedders cost me $500 all up. New front spring and reset rear leaves. If you go this way make sure you tell them what you want as all I told them was I wanted to keep the Fairmont ride and forgot to tell them it was a daily driver so when you loaded the back up with shopping it suffered ducks disease.
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