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Posted: Wed Dec 22, 2004 6:47 pm 
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Im contemplating dumping the old ZH on the ground, Anyone know what price lowering blocks normally go for? and how do you put them in? Ive never done it before.. Im guessing XB/XC lowering blocks would suite?

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Posted: Wed Dec 22, 2004 10:17 pm 
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personally i'd take the rear springs to a suspension shop and get them reset

 

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Posted: Wed Dec 22, 2004 10:49 pm 
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Interceptor wrote:
personally i'd take the rear springs to a suspension shop and get them reset


Have to agree there. I'am not a great fan of alloy or in one case I've seen wooden blocks used.

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Posted: Thu Dec 23, 2004 7:00 am 
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lowering blocks not a good idea? Whys that?

I dont know nothing about lowering blocks guys, sorry lol :lol:
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Posted: Thu Dec 23, 2004 9:08 am 
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personally i think lowering blocks f**k around with the handling at the back of a vehicle, although i have heard of other people having diff/uni joint/tailshaft/gearbox issues with lowering blocks

 

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Posted: Thu Dec 23, 2004 11:03 am 
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oh okay, so I could get them reset though? Just like at a suspension shop or something like that?
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Posted: Thu Dec 23, 2004 3:27 pm 
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personally i think lowering blocks f**k around with the handling at the back of a vehicle, although i have heard of other people having diff/uni joint/tailshaft/gearbox issues with lowering blocks


The out of alignment is the big issue. Creating rear ex housing leaks and under body fouling over bumps.
Also in the 70's and 80's they used to use extended rear shackel's and air shocks creating at that time a rake look. Where the front is low and the rear is raised high to fit serious rubber at the back and skinny wheels on the front did nothing for handeling.

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Posted: Thu Dec 23, 2004 10:15 pm 
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another probem ive had is putting the fan through the radiator during axle tramp, the lowering blocks can actually close the gap between them
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Posted: Thu Dec 23, 2004 11:00 pm 
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another probem ive had is putting the fan through the radiator during axle tramp, the lowering blocks can actually close the gap between them


??? Lowering blocks just lifts the diff housing off the springs, they don't bring the housing closer to the front, if your fan hits your radiator you have more problems than lowering blocks, more likely broken/worn engine and gearbox mounts, incorrect fan fitted or front end damage.

Axle tramp can be increased by fitting lowering blocks, but reseting the springs can also cause this if the spring ends up to flat, reverse eye springs in one way to fix this problem, also fitting quality shock absorbers (fixes many problems) and tramp rods like what was fitted from the factory to XB GT and XD ESP.

 

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Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2004 6:55 am 
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Iv got lowering bloks in mine (2inchc) and had no problems, and only cost $80. where pedders wanted some thing stupid like $800 to reset my rear leafs! :shock:

 

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Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2004 11:17 am 
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dude, dont worry about lowering blocks they work fine and are cheap. dang, people have been doing it for years!!!

my mate works at repco and can get stuff for real cheap so let me know if u want anything.

my bro just got lowering block kit and front kings lowered springs for his ef wagon and it cost him $130 all up!!!

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Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2004 12:38 pm 
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I better post I have also used lowering blocks and never had axle tramp, Escorts were the only cars I had bad axle tramp even with quality shocks and good springs.

One problem I had with lowering blocks was the ubolts coming loose after abuse, give away is the blocks end up moving around and the ubolts were tight before hand, a lot of the kits come with very cheap ubolts that stretch easy.

 

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Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2004 2:38 pm 
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[ more likely broken/worn engine and gearbox mounts, incorrect fan fitted or front end damage.

all mounts were good, standard ford fan, almost new shocks. happened twice in one week. during axle tramp, the distance from the diff pinion to the front of the car changes and with two inch lowering blocks, this just makes the problem worse, also in saying this am using them in my xd with stuffed springs and shocks, have had no problems
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Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2004 2:48 pm 
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are lowering blocks leaf springs?

 

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Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2004 4:21 pm 
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are lowering blocks leaf springs?


Lowering blocks are used with leaf springs, they sit on top of the leaf, the diff housing sits on top of the blocks and longer ubolts are used.

 

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