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    Lowering a car with transverse leaf springs

    I'm planning a project if the right car turns up - I want a Pilot and I want to drop it a few inches. I was thinking this would be fairly easy as I assumed it was on leaf springs and I could use lowering blocks, but it seems it uses transverse leaf springs front and rear.

    From what I have managed to scrape together online lowering these involves either replacing the spring or having the eyes re-rolled. How expensive is this likely to be and is it worth it or should I drive at stock height for a few years until I can afford to completely redo the suspension with a more modern technology?

    The idea is to get a cool car on a budget and then over time keep improving it - but I want something I can drive straight away ideally.

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    if you can find a spring specialist in your area it doesnt cost too much to reverse the eyes, or they could de-arch your springs as well so the spring rate is still right for the car,

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    Ah cool, cheers for that. What would the implications be for steering and suspension geometry?

    What about lowering spindles (dropped spindles) for the front? Do they work, and are they better or worse than having the spring changed? Or are they not even an option on a Pilot - I believe it has a live front axle, would a dropped beam/tube make more sense?

    As you can see I've seen various methods for doing this but am not sure which works best in which situation.

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    Reversing the spring eyes will lower each end an inch, for the front you could ask Jerry Denning if as he drops I beams in the traditional way, I'll PM you his number.
    How'd the weekend go? Well, at the moment it looks like a dolphin that's been caught in a boats propeller.

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