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    As I was working on my leaky fuel tank, I looked at my struts and springs. Talk about rusty! I have a feeling they might have something to do with the popping over speedbump sounds, premature bearing age etc. I am in the middle of an aspire swap (rounding up all the parts needed right now) so I think if I were to get some suspension while I'm at it, why not?

    What I am wondering is which struts and springs fit on a Festiva with an aspire swap and what are some common upgrades. I've heard Rio gear is plug and play, but I just want some more details and options.

    Also, could you guys tell me some examples of cars that have size 13 wheels that are Aspire-hub compatible?

    That would be a huge help. Thanks!

    Ps. Please don't simply tell me to use the search. For some reason the search engine doesn't like my phone lol
    Last edited by sickfleming; 12-31-2012, 08:19 PM.
    - 1996 Ford Ranger 2.3L 141,240 mi (Traded...wish I hadn't)
    - 1996 Ford Probe SE 2.0L Auto 126,000 mi
    - 1988 Festiva "Hermes" 1.3L Carb. 4-spd. 167,000 mi (Found a new home)
    - 1994 Escort GT, 5-spd. with Pacesetter header, and exhaust kit 101,412mi (RIP...T-boned by ditzy driver)
    - 2002 Hyundai Accent 1.5L Auto 164,000mi (Wow...so this is air conditioning...)
    - 1991 Festiva, 1.3L 5-spd. 75,802 miles. Goes by "Trixie"



  • #2
    I have Aspire wheels on mine with 185/60/13 tires. Festiva struts and springs. Works out great. There are other options though. I never did the Aspire front sway bar, hit my transmission mount too much. Would like to get it done.

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    • #3
      My 93L has rio struts, springs with 1.75 coils cut on the front. I have aspire knuckles, Escort GT calipers and pads and an aspire manual sway bar. I'm running 15x6.5 wheels with 195-50-15 tires.
      My 90 has aspire knuckles, stock festiva springs and aspire auto sway bar. 14" escort LX wheels with 185-60-14 tires.
      Is there any particular reason you want to go with 13" wheels?
      Jerry
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      • #4
        Because I don't really know which bolt pattern the aspire uses and which cars use the same and aspire wheels are the safe bet lol. I feel a bit silly about it since I was a tire shop crew chief way back when. I assume 4x100, 4x108 or 4x114?

        I would assume earlier gen miata, civic, capri, mx-3, accord and some vw wheels should bolt up along with aftermarket wheels
        - 1996 Ford Ranger 2.3L 141,240 mi (Traded...wish I hadn't)
        - 1996 Ford Probe SE 2.0L Auto 126,000 mi
        - 1988 Festiva "Hermes" 1.3L Carb. 4-spd. 167,000 mi (Found a new home)
        - 1994 Escort GT, 5-spd. with Pacesetter header, and exhaust kit 101,412mi (RIP...T-boned by ditzy driver)
        - 2002 Hyundai Accent 1.5L Auto 164,000mi (Wow...so this is air conditioning...)
        - 1991 Festiva, 1.3L 5-spd. 75,802 miles. Goes by "Trixie"


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        • #5
          4x100 is aspire, not too hard to find wheels in that pattern.
          -93' L BP swap/e-series, coilovers, RIO front swap, redrilled festy drums, Miata 14" 7 spokes.
          -88' Mazda 323 SE, work in progress..
          -85' Nissan Sentra 5 spd.

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          • #6
            14's would be a good idea. 13 inch tires are getting hard to find.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by zoe60 View Post
              14's would be a good idea. 13 inch tires are getting hard to find.
              13s in Festy-compatible sizes are getting harder to find but 175/70s and 155/80s are still very common. Decent 14s that don't rub and are not overly big are also not common; stuff like 165/60s. I got hold of a set of 155/65-14s last summer that I enjoy and don't look out of place nor rub on the wheel wells.

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              • #8
                I've seen you guys put Miata wheels on Festiva, but if I did that, would I have to get smaller tires? I think miatas use 185/60-14s or something
                - 1996 Ford Ranger 2.3L 141,240 mi (Traded...wish I hadn't)
                - 1996 Ford Probe SE 2.0L Auto 126,000 mi
                - 1988 Festiva "Hermes" 1.3L Carb. 4-spd. 167,000 mi (Found a new home)
                - 1994 Escort GT, 5-spd. with Pacesetter header, and exhaust kit 101,412mi (RIP...T-boned by ditzy driver)
                - 2002 Hyundai Accent 1.5L Auto 164,000mi (Wow...so this is air conditioning...)
                - 1991 Festiva, 1.3L 5-spd. 75,802 miles. Goes by "Trixie"


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                • #9
                  The aspire front sway bar is too stiff.. IMO
                  1988 Ford Festiva "Sonic" BPT g25mr MS2 standalone ecu, FOTY '11, Best Beater FMV, Fan Favorite FMVI

                  1989 Ford Mustang GT 5.slow

                  1996 Ford F-150

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                  • #10
                    if you go with 14s, go with 185/60/14, thats what i'm runnin on my miata wheels and they aren't that hard to find, and they only rub on huge bumps with a lot of wieght in the car.
                    -Josh R

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by 91blufestiva View Post
                      if you go with 14s, go with 185/60/14, thats what i'm runnin on my miata wheels and they aren't that hard to find, and they only rub on huge bumps with a lot of wieght in the car.
                      What type of struts are you running?
                      Barbie Car - '90 L-plus_2nd Gen SOHC B6+rear turbo @ 8 psi
                      Festycul - '9? 5spd_full roll cage, completely gutted, hydro g-series, B6T @ 15psi, rocketchip ecu,Willwood master cylinder, Mit. Galant VR-4 rotors, Hawk racing pads, capri knuckles, 323 LCA's, BrideLow Max seats, 5pt. harness, lexan windows, fuel cell, aluminum radiator, 323 coilovers
                      Elvis - '93 L 5spd_B3+T build in progress
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                      • #12
                        I keep searching Craigslist locally for some 4x100/4x114 wheels in either 13",14" or 15". Few and far between and those I do find cost more than a Festy.....
                        1963 Fairlane - future NSS drag car
                        1965 Mustang Coupe - A-code car, restoring for/with my son
                        1973 F100 longbed - only 22k original miles, 360/auto, disk, PS/PB dealer in dash A/C
                        1996 Sonoma X-cab - son's DD
                        2002 Grand Prix - daughter's DD
                        2003 Sport Trac - 180k, 130k on replaced motor with new timing chains - F/S soon.
                        2005 Accord - wife's DD
                        2008 Mountaineer - step daughter's DD
                        2015 F150 SCrew - DD

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                        • #13
                          Re: Hold it!

                          I found my wheels in a junkyard. Less than $200 for 5 of them. They're 14x6". That may be your best bet. The 4x100 pattern was used by VW, Toyota and Honda, so you might find a nice-looking stock wheel from another car for very little money. The 165/55R14 and 165/60R14 tires are the best sizes (ebay has them cheap) for the Festiva using a 14" wheel. The 55's are most accurate concerning your speedo, but the 60's may be cheaper.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Festevil3 View Post
                            What type of struts are you running?
                            aspire monroe's in back, stock festy in front. fms festiva lowering springs in all 4 corners.
                            -Josh R

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                            • #15
                              Hey 91blufestiva, I see in your sig that you have a mercury mystique also. Does your car have a V6 and fuel pump/sending unit sticking/lean engine problems too? My gf's dad keeps taking hers to the shop only to have it fail a month later. It's getting a very expensive to keep running, Any thoughts?
                              - 1996 Ford Ranger 2.3L 141,240 mi (Traded...wish I hadn't)
                              - 1996 Ford Probe SE 2.0L Auto 126,000 mi
                              - 1988 Festiva "Hermes" 1.3L Carb. 4-spd. 167,000 mi (Found a new home)
                              - 1994 Escort GT, 5-spd. with Pacesetter header, and exhaust kit 101,412mi (RIP...T-boned by ditzy driver)
                              - 2002 Hyundai Accent 1.5L Auto 164,000mi (Wow...so this is air conditioning...)
                              - 1991 Festiva, 1.3L 5-spd. 75,802 miles. Goes by "Trixie"


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