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I'd just get H&R springs.

Sportline won't make hardly any difference and a ton of work/labor just to for what...1/2" lower? 5% stiffer?

I had H&Rs w/Bilstein sports on my 1994. Rode awesome and wasn't that low, but low enough to be noticeable.

I have Eibachs (no longer made)/Bilstein sports right now on my 1990.

Shocks makes a bigger difference on ride than springs (unless they're super slammed). Defintely budget for some shocks and so them all at the same time.

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Hmm, thanks for the tip. I would like to lower it a little, maybe just an inch, but I don't really want a stiffer ride since it's my daily driver and my wife will be riding in it plenty. I was thinking maybe just chop a loop off each coil spring (with new shocks of course) to keep the ride soft and lower it a little bit.

First I have to deal with this damn window! It won't go up. It's not the switch, so it's either the regulator or the motor. And wow, what a pain in the ass.
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Sounds like you already ruled out the broken wires at the door hinge. Most common problem for most 124's and 201's.
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Actually I need to check that. I'll do it tomorrow. I would certainly rather deal with that than installing a new regulator. I watched a few youtube videos and it doesn't look fun, especially since it's still pretty chilly outside. Thanks for reminding me of that, I'll cross my fingers that that's the problem!
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Yeah, I hear you. I was dreading my 201 window not working all of a sudden after I removed the door card to take care of some paint-free dent removal. I was sure I messed up the regulator. When I was fiddling with the card to put it back in I noticed one of the wires was a little loose.
Sure enough if I jammed it back in to make contact I could move the window. Opened it up and soldered it back together. Good as new.

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Hmm, thanks for the tip. I would like to lower it a little, maybe just an inch, but I don't really want a stiffer ride since it's my daily driver and my wife will be riding in it plenty. I was thinking maybe just chop a loop off each coil spring (with new shocks of course) to keep the ride soft and lower it a little bit.

First I have to deal with this damn window! It won't go up. It's not the switch, so it's either the regulator or the motor. And wow, what a pain in the ass.

Don't cut coils on a 30+ year old car.

They're probably worn out and just cutting them won't make things ride any better.

New springs aren't that expensive. Unlike labor.
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Well fortunately labor is free for me, since I'm too cheap to ever pay a shop!

From what I've been seeing, it looks like the H&R springs provide a nice looking drop. That's probably the route I'll go if I lower it, my only concern would be the front bumper scraping on anything and their performance with potholes, since I live in Baltimore and we have plenty of awful roads. Of course most of this is, in the end, speculation. I'll probably not end up doing much to this car other than keeping it in good shape. Unless I find a good deal on eBay or something, at least. I do have some nice rims saved in my watch list...
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Consider getting shocks matched to the springs you will be installing. If you use stock shocks with a drop, you will get a much harsher ride than you would expect. As for cutting the springs, I too don't think this is a good idea. But if you still want to cut the springs, only cut the bottom, not the top loops. You'll see why when you pull the spring out.

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Oh I know not to use stock shocks, no worries there. That's a recipe for disaster!

I was going to work on my window issue last night but my wife had a good job interview so we celebrated a bit instead. Hopefully tonight I can get that damn window up.
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Well, the wiring in the door looked just fine. I swapped switches so I know it's not that either. When I push the switch I can hear a click coming from the door, so the motor seems to be getting power. I removed the motor from the regulator and hooked the wiring up and pressed the switch and it started turning, but just in one direction. After releasing the switch, the motor kept going. If I pressed the switch "up", then the motor would stop. So I'm not sure if I need a regulator, a motor, or both. In the meantime I cut some wood to fit inside the door and wedge the window up, and put the door panel back on.



I also got a 2.5" catalytic converter in the mail. Once my muffler comes in, I'll be heading to a muffler shop to get a new exhaust, and then I can finally drive this thing around. I'm pretty excited for that.
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FWIW, the window motors are pretty durable on these cars. The regulators, on the other hand, should be considered a wear and tear item especially if you don't lube the tracks and gears every couple of years.

That old factory grease just turns to tar with age. I like Mobiltac NC375 for anything with open gears exposed to the elements such as the regulators, wiper transmission, etc.
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