Lowering Springs

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Lowering Springs

Postby Gandalf » 01 Jun 2010, 17:30

Hi,

I have an 89 Westy Cali pop top and would like to lower it a little. I understand that some vans (Caravelle's? pluase feel fee to correct :lol: ) had -30mm springs fitted as standard. If I was to source said springs would I need to change the shocks as well?
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Re: Lowering Springs

Postby armyphil » 01 Jun 2010, 18:11

That's right mate lowered 30mm as standard so bear it in mind when you want to lower it 60mm because effectively you will be doing it 30 mm

not sure about the shocks but brickwerks do the avo kit that's very good I'm led to believe
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Re: Lowering Springs

Postby big red bus » 01 Jun 2010, 18:57

not really but bear in mind the shocks may well be 20+ years old so it would improve things massively with a fresh set on of good quality ones.
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Re: Lowering Springs

Postby Gandalf » 01 Jun 2010, 19:17

Cheers chaps. So did all Caravelle's have - 30 as standard? Or was it just a certain type of Caravelle?
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Re: Lowering Springs

Postby big red bus » 01 Jun 2010, 20:06

seem to think it was the later ones. like the ones that came fitted with sqaure lights big bumpers, from around 88. Not 100% but the earlier ones seem to sit alittle higher. Also bluestars/whitestars came with -30mm springs fitted. if budget can stretch I can recomend avo springs -50mm and bilstein b4 shocks. nice mix of low but keeps really good ride and handling .
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Re: Lowering Springs

Postby lowtimeppl » 01 Jun 2010, 20:36

Mine's an '86 Caravelle, definitely no lowering there, you could get your head between the wheel arch and the top of the wheel. Not a good idea though.
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Re: Lowering Springs

Postby Simon Baxter » 01 Jun 2010, 21:23

The "All caravelles had factory lowering" is a falicy.
It was an option not standard fitment.
Not all Caravelles had -30mm springs.
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Re: Lowering Springs

Postby Gandalf » 02 Jun 2010, 08:59

Thanks all esp Mr B with the definitive.

Looks like I'm gonna have to save my pennies! Got to decide if its -30 or - 50 first. I'm leaning towards - 30 as I like to get out camping quite a bit and fields can be a bit up and down so if I go too low I'll probably rip off the LPG tank or something! :lol:
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Re: Lowering Springs

Postby astonali2549 » 02 Jun 2010, 11:22

we got a lowering kit of ebay that lowered it 60mm from germany cost £225 i think or very close to that price and has not lost any of the drive comfort
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Re: Lowering Springs

Postby Gandalf » 02 Jun 2010, 11:52

astonali2549 wrote:we got a lowering kit of ebay that lowered it 60mm from germany cost £225 i think or very close to that price and has not lost any of the drive comfort


Yep I've seen them but don't want to go -60 and well I'm thinking its too good to be true which in general means it is and I'll end up with problems. I'll prob go to BW TBH but thanks all the same.
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