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Hi it can be very difficult to do this as it tends to seize up and even brake when doing it,if you are going to give it a try you will need lots of WD40 and lots of heat and even then i would think it will be tough,good luck
 

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Be warned Russel lowering torsion bar suspension makes the car handle like a dog as lowering does not firm up the suspension and the travel remains the same. It ain't the same as fiiting lowered springs which are not only shorter but are firmer with reduced travel length.:)

P.S. be sure to notify tour insurers if any modifcations as they may not cough up in the event of an accident s in all honesty us honest motorists are fed up coughing up for those uninsured.:steam:
 

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cheers i will tell inshurance bun i still need 2 no how 2 actually do the lowering ov the car so if any 1 noes pleas can u tell me thanks
Hi iam sorry i cant help but iam sure someone will soon,as noel has said do tell your insurance campany i have some mods to my Espace,Alloys,chip,air filter, ect ect and to be honest it has not even effected my insurance but iam 37 and many years no claims i hope this helps Donald.
 

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Hi Russell I don't know exactly how to do it but it involves removing the suspension arm from the torsion bar and on older cars they tend to get seized up and it usually involves heating swearing, cussing and in some case it can end up breaking. Then there's the brake pipes and shock absorbers to consider. I have over 30 years experience in working cars and in all honesty unlees you've doe it before it ain't for the faint-hearted. The Haynes manual for the mark I Clio gives a rough idea of how ots done - then you have to work out how many splines around you should reposition the suspension arm.:confused:
 

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Hi Russell - personally I have refused to get involved in lowering suspension on cars with torsion bar suspension simply because the effect of lowering this type of suspension is detrimental to the car and only makes the road handling not only woeful but in my view positively dangerous as there is a distinct possibility of the suspension bottoming out. Changing the geometry of the suspension and/or steering on a car is a very specialised business and in my opinion should only be left to the professionals.

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Yeh Russell I've heard it all before shorter lower springs and shocks and all that and guess what the rear end will still wallow about like a rowing boat. Maybe a few pink furry dice hanging on the rear view mirror will compensate. Don't forget to get your seasickness pills. As I said earlier sorry but I am unwilling to help.:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
 

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sorry but if u arnt gunna leave help full info there isent much point leaving it at all because i wont b lowering it 4 the handerling i want it 4 the looks
 

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The torsion bars are designed to be lowered but where most people go wrong is they take it to far and this inturn takes the shocks passed there designed purpose,all cars that come with torsion bars are all able to be adjusted for this reason if you where to buy the springs from the dealer for lowering the car at the front and then the torsion bar has then to be adjusted, most if not all dealers will sell the front springs as motorsport extras, i took a car of mine to the dealers years back to have this done and as i said before even they had trouble doing it so i would indeed try and get someone experienced to do this all the best Donald
 

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Fair comment Russell - in all honesty I was only trying to put you straight. Sorry if I caused any offence. Good Luck anyway. I was also considering your safety and the safety of other road users which in my view is more important than a nice looking car.:)
As already said if you're not experienced in this type of work it is best to get professional advice when modding any vehicle.:)
 

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hi i brought some k-tech coilovers for a renault 5 non turbo the front are fine its lowered it alot but the back hasnt how do i lower the back cheers dan
 

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Have a look at the rear suspension and if there are no coil springs then it has torsion suspenion which is an absolute pig to alter. Lowering the suspension on torsion bar suspension whilst might look good does nothing whatsoever to improve the road-holding and in my experience it makes thing much worse as it changes the suspension geometry to the point it can be come dangerous. Even adding uprated shockers don't help much as there is no means of stiffening the suspension with the high risk of the suspension bottoming out. That's when you start to loose control when cornering.:)
 

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yes its torsion bars on the back how hard is it to lower how much roughly do yo think it would cost for a mechanic to do this cheers
 

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To be honest very few mechanics are willing to do the work simply because of the age of the car and all the thumping, banging, heating, etc involved and none can guarantee it will even sit straight afterwards. I would very much doubt if you could get a fixed price as the length of time involved can quite long and any decent mechanic could make a days pay in much easier ways. You could try around a few local garages - but before you do I suggest you contact your insurers first as they would be very reluctant to cover you in the event of an accident. Either way the costs involved are likely to be far more than the car is ever likely to be worth.:confused: :confused:
 
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