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    I would like to eventually put bigger rims 14s on my car, and have a wider set of tires on than the regular festiva tires. What to I need to do for this to work and not rub up inside the wheel well? Thank you

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    It's not so much the wheel well as it is the spring perch. The fronts do okay as long as you aren't breaking into the 200's in treadwidth, which I consider overkill for street-driven Festiva's with under 100HP that don't autocross. 185/60-14 requires either rear wheel spacers (easy to find on Ebay) or rear Aspire struts. 195/45-14 even moreso. KYB's won't suffice, since they are a Festiva-based application. Use the search function to acquire details on the spacers. If I take off my rear wheels in the next little while, I'll take some pictures of mine.
    1988 Chevy Sprint Turbo 997cc

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    • #3
      Right, get the Monroe rear struts for the Aspire. Gives you about a 5/8" higher spring perch, which is sufficiently higher for the wider/taller tires.

      I did a writeup on doing the rear struts; watch out for the lower strut bolts. Use a lot of PB Blaster over a few days to try to de-rustify them. Here is the link:
      http://www.fordfestiva.com/forums/sh...ght=strut+rear
      90 Festy (Larry)--B6M (Matt D. modified B6 head), header, 5-speed, Capri XR2 front brakes, many other little mods
      09 Kia Rondo--a Festy on steroids!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by TominMO View Post
        Right, get the Monroe rear struts for the Aspire. Gives you about a 5/8" higher spring perch, which is sufficiently higher for the wider/taller tires.

        I did a writeup on doing the rear struts; watch out for the lower strut bolts. Use a lot of PB Blaster over a few days to try to de-rustify them. Here is the link:
        http://www.fordfestiva.com/forums/sh...ght=strut+rear
        does it matter what year aspire? My 89 Festiva has 185/60-14 and do fine on the front, but even with spacers on the rear it is really close to the shock/spring.

        '89 Ford Festiva LX :fred:
        '12 Ford Focus

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        • #5
          Originally posted by murrillcg View Post
          does it matter what year aspire? My 89 Festiva has 185/60-14 and do fine on the front, but even with spacers on the rear it is really close to the shock/spring.
          Exactly, that's the problem with the rear. Any year Aspire uses the same rear strut.
          90 Festy (Larry)--B6M (Matt D. modified B6 head), header, 5-speed, Capri XR2 front brakes, many other little mods
          09 Kia Rondo--a Festy on steroids!

          You can avoid reality, but you can't avoid the consequences of avoiding reality--Ayn Rand

          Disaster preparedness

          Tragedy and Hope.....Infowars.com.....The Drudge Report.....Founding Fathers.info

          Think for yourself.....question all authority.....re-evaluate everything you think you know. Red-pill yourself!

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          • #6
            thanks Tom, once I'm done sinking money into my sons car, I will look into getting a set.

            '89 Ford Festiva LX :fred:
            '12 Ford Focus

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            • #7
              Alternatively, you can cut off the Festiva perch after converting to coilover sleeves. However, this voids any warranty a shock will have as well as provides plenty of risk when cutting/welding a shock. As well, it wouldn't be remotely reversible.
              1988 Chevy Sprint Turbo 997cc

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