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Lowering a connect????

Postby van mann » Tue Feb 23, 2010 12:23 am

Has anyone sussed out a good way of doing this yet.Seems to be a few threads but no answers.
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Re: Lowering a connect????

Postby CHIVERS » Tue Feb 23, 2010 12:53 am

in process i beleive mate its the rears people are having trouble with as they are leaf springs not std shocks like front
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Re: Lowering a connect????

Postby xp800 » Tue Feb 23, 2010 4:11 pm

Fit a 250ltr water tank in the back and fill it . :)
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Re: Lowering a connect????

Postby van mann » Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:11 pm

xp800 wrote:Fit a 250ltr water tank in the back and fill it . :)



And watch the mpg go right down.
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Re: Lowering a connect????

Postby van mann » Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:16 pm

CHIVERS wrote:in process i beleive mate its the rears people are having trouble with as they are leaf springs not std shocks like front



Yes fronts are easy,just use uprated 30mm focus springs.The rear is the problem.The mk6 escort vans have similar set up and you just move the springs under the beam with moddified brackets.But the connects have an anti roll bar with shackles so you can use the escort technique.
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Re: Lowering a connect????

Postby belly » Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:52 pm

not all connects use anti roll bars :D
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Re: Lowering a connect????

Postby stephenferguson » Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:55 pm

Vanmann i have an 05 connect which springs will i need?

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Re: Lowering a connect????

Postby g-man » Tue Feb 23, 2010 11:48 pm

belly wrote:not all connects use anti roll bars :D



yeah,200 dose'nt as standard,fitted it and what a difference,notice a big improvement,far less roll on cornering :D
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Re: Lowering a connect????

Postby Lefty64 » Wed Feb 24, 2010 2:41 pm

But yours is a T230 with anti-roll bars and double leaf springs, so you'll need a heavy duty solution.
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Re: Lowering a connect????

Postby van mann » Wed Feb 24, 2010 9:44 pm

stephenferguson wrote:Vanmann i have an 05 connect which springs will i need?

cheers


Any after market focus mk 1 lowering springs.You will only need the front.The rear is a hole different ball game.
Spoke to a lad tonight who has lowered 5 connects and has got the conversion nailed.He won,t tell me how he does it or what bits he uses but he,s the only person iv,e heard off that,s doing it.
The cost to you is £600 all in.
Here,s some pics he sent me.
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Re: Lowering a connect????

Postby Mylee » Wed Feb 24, 2010 9:48 pm

Please tell who it is who's 'nailed' this, Geoff maybe? Those pictures look very familiar :wink:
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Re: Lowering a connect????

Postby stephenferguson » Wed Feb 24, 2010 10:00 pm

Hi, cheers for the info on the springs, i mite get some soon, as for the rear i think the axle can be flipped.

Was thinking about it today and i think i have a safe way of putting the leaf springs underneath the axle and it will safe the hassle of flipping.

You can of course quite easily bend the leaf springs with heat, but this could also weaken them.

Yeah, I think thats the geoff who owns that garage innit? Hes the one whos put the st engines in isnt he??
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Re: Lowering a connect????

Postby van mann » Wed Feb 24, 2010 10:06 pm

Yes it,s geoff from CHORLEY STREET GARAGE.He puts FOCUS RS engine in them.I know that you need to cut the spring mounting brackets off the top of the beam and weld them underneath to locate the springs under the beam,but the shocks and anit roll bar shackles modification are a mystery to me.
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Re: Lowering a connect????

Postby stephenferguson » Wed Feb 24, 2010 10:11 pm

Would love a focus rs engine dropped in, subframe bolts straight up. But Would need a write off doner car. Couldnt be going that far.
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Re: Lowering a connect????

Postby Mylee » Wed Feb 24, 2010 10:39 pm

van mann wrote:Yes it,s geoff from CHORLEY STREET GARAGE.He puts FOCUS RS engine in them


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As posted in another thread, loads of info from Geoff.


Vanmann, thanks for the info on cost :D
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