Date registered: Jan 2018
Vehicle: 1988 560 SEC
Location: Hutto Texas, USA
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With the wheels back on the car and the car on the ground, I adjusted my lower control arms to line up with the marks I made when I disassembled everything. All of the weight dependent fasteners were torqued to spec, battery tray, and battery reinstalled. I woke up this morning to set about filling the transmission to spec. With 4.5 quarts poured in I started the car and back it out. After going over the center cable cover of my life and the lip of the garage floor, the front suspension settled. As I got out to look at the final result I was a bit surprised. I was not expecting it to be as low as it was and I am so glad I err'd on the side of caution and only cut 2 coils out of the springs. I went through the process of driving, checking, and filling the transmission to spec.
We were under the threat of rain most of the day and I also needed to work on my daily driver before the weekend was out so I snapped some quick pictures. The lowered front end changes the entire look of the car. Its actually a little too low for me but its growing on me. I still love the 16" BBS wheels and have no plans to change them out. I will adjust the threaded arm for the SLS valve to bring the rear down a little to make the car sit level. The driver side also sits just a hair lower than the passenger side and in my opinion, the passenger side is perfect. I have a new spring insulator and may pull the driver side spring and install it. The alignment is really close just the way it is but I want to resolve the driver side spring issue before getting it aligned.
Initial driving impressions are great. It feels like a new car. I did not drive it very far but did get up to 60 and it was rock solid. Once I get the driver side spring sorted, level the car out, and get it aligned, I will get some better pictures under better conditions. For now, the project is 99% done and I am digging the results. It is going to look great at Radwood!