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    I'm putting new rear shocks on a 92 festiva for a friend. We pulled the rear spring / shock assemblies from a junk yard festiva so we can have everything cleaned up with new shocks and boots and also use the springs from the junk yard car. Never though about the color codes on the springs before so I decided to weight the two spring. The one that we pulled from the left side had a blue paint code on it but I didn't see any color code on the right one. I weighed the springs and the one with the blue code weighed about 4 ounces more than the one with no code. Don't really see any other difference in the springs.
    Iirc I remember seeing one in the past which had a pink color code.

    Can anyone tell me the meaning of the color codes on the Festiva springs.
    Last edited by 1990new; 11-26-2019, 07:19 PM.
    Nellie - Yellow 90 5spd LPlus (bought '05 at 44,000 105,811 as of 01/18.)

    Trixie - Dark Charcoal 89 L Auto. Bought 06/15/13 $1800 with 89,000 miles / 95,306 as of 01/18. Power windows and swoopie power
    mirrors. Rio front, Aspire rear, 165/55 R14 Miatas. Mercury Tracer front seats. Gave Trixie to my grandson 09/22/2018.
    Rosie - Red 92 GL 5 Speed Sold to Safety Guy 07/12/2018.
    Bessie - Surf Blue '90 5spd LPlus (bought new) As of 10/2018 354K. No longer in the family.. sold to a forum member 10/20/2018

    During the last 15 years I have also owned and then sold or gave away four other Festivas.

  • #2
    Google search on "colour code on Festiva springs" hope it helps....
    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...CeWiKUL1hDAztQ
    Original owner of silver grey carburetted 1989 Festiva. 105k km as of June 2006.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by WmWatt View Post
      Google search on "colour code on Festiva springs" hope it helps....
      https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...CeWiKUL1hDAztQ
      Checked that out William.. but those codes seem to refer to garage door springs.

      I measured the two rear springs and found that the one with the blue paint that was on the left was 9.29 mm and the one on the right that I could not find any paint on which weighed 4 ounces less, is 9.18 mm

      Makes me wonder if Kia put the heftier spring on the drivers side.
      Last edited by 1990new; 11-27-2019, 10:08 AM.
      Nellie - Yellow 90 5spd LPlus (bought '05 at 44,000 105,811 as of 01/18.)

      Trixie - Dark Charcoal 89 L Auto. Bought 06/15/13 $1800 with 89,000 miles / 95,306 as of 01/18. Power windows and swoopie power
      mirrors. Rio front, Aspire rear, 165/55 R14 Miatas. Mercury Tracer front seats. Gave Trixie to my grandson 09/22/2018.
      Rosie - Red 92 GL 5 Speed Sold to Safety Guy 07/12/2018.
      Bessie - Surf Blue '90 5spd LPlus (bought new) As of 10/2018 354K. No longer in the family.. sold to a forum member 10/20/2018

      During the last 15 years I have also owned and then sold or gave away four other Festivas.

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      • #4
        Sorry about that.
        Original owner of silver grey carburetted 1989 Festiva. 105k km as of June 2006.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by WmWatt View Post
          Sorry about that.
          No problem... I have a garage door that could use new springs so the info was good to know.
          Nellie - Yellow 90 5spd LPlus (bought '05 at 44,000 105,811 as of 01/18.)

          Trixie - Dark Charcoal 89 L Auto. Bought 06/15/13 $1800 with 89,000 miles / 95,306 as of 01/18. Power windows and swoopie power
          mirrors. Rio front, Aspire rear, 165/55 R14 Miatas. Mercury Tracer front seats. Gave Trixie to my grandson 09/22/2018.
          Rosie - Red 92 GL 5 Speed Sold to Safety Guy 07/12/2018.
          Bessie - Surf Blue '90 5spd LPlus (bought new) As of 10/2018 354K. No longer in the family.. sold to a forum member 10/20/2018

          During the last 15 years I have also owned and then sold or gave away four other Festivas.

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          • #6
            sounds like an acceptable manufacturers tolerance between the two.
            '88 Festiva LX 5 speed, A/C, Carb, restored $$$ body paint, badly wrecked @ 200k.
            '93 Festiva L, 5 speed, Aqua, bought from the original owner,.Zero rust but very nasty otherwise. Awaits the B6T.
            '91 Festiva L, 5 speed, bought to drive while putting the B6T in the '93. now B6ME powered.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Rick the Quick View Post
              sounds like an acceptable manufacturers tolerance between the two.
              True, but there must be a reason for coding the springs with colors during the build of the car at the factory.
              I'm using the springs from one car to rebuild struts with new struts and new strut bearings to be installed on another car (both 5 speed) and both have AC.
              I will install the heavier and thicker spring on the same side that it was on in the junk yard car (left side) just in case it should make a difference.
              I'm surprised this hasn't come up before somewhere in all the threads about suspension.
              Nellie - Yellow 90 5spd LPlus (bought '05 at 44,000 105,811 as of 01/18.)

              Trixie - Dark Charcoal 89 L Auto. Bought 06/15/13 $1800 with 89,000 miles / 95,306 as of 01/18. Power windows and swoopie power
              mirrors. Rio front, Aspire rear, 165/55 R14 Miatas. Mercury Tracer front seats. Gave Trixie to my grandson 09/22/2018.
              Rosie - Red 92 GL 5 Speed Sold to Safety Guy 07/12/2018.
              Bessie - Surf Blue '90 5spd LPlus (bought new) As of 10/2018 354K. No longer in the family.. sold to a forum member 10/20/2018

              During the last 15 years I have also owned and then sold or gave away four other Festivas.

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              • #8
                Got it! The car has been optimized for racing on a circular track.
                Original owner of silver grey carburetted 1989 Festiva. 105k km as of June 2006.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by WmWatt View Post
                  Got it! The car has been optimized for racing on a circular track.
                  Maybe so... but since the heavy spring is on the left, that would mean it was done for Australia where they run clockwise.
                  Nellie - Yellow 90 5spd LPlus (bought '05 at 44,000 105,811 as of 01/18.)

                  Trixie - Dark Charcoal 89 L Auto. Bought 06/15/13 $1800 with 89,000 miles / 95,306 as of 01/18. Power windows and swoopie power
                  mirrors. Rio front, Aspire rear, 165/55 R14 Miatas. Mercury Tracer front seats. Gave Trixie to my grandson 09/22/2018.
                  Rosie - Red 92 GL 5 Speed Sold to Safety Guy 07/12/2018.
                  Bessie - Surf Blue '90 5spd LPlus (bought new) As of 10/2018 354K. No longer in the family.. sold to a forum member 10/20/2018

                  During the last 15 years I have also owned and then sold or gave away four other Festivas.

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                  • #10
                    there is an old post buried here that i made that gives the color splotch and its corresponding coil wire diameter. this info was taken from ford parts lists. you can use a simple formula to get the mathematical lbs/in the spring is rated at. from what i recall they ranged from .389 to .401 inches wire diameter.
                    you are correct as far as mixing of the springs from the factory. i.e. a front drivers side spring on an ATX car would be heavier than the pass side. i might have included this in the list as well. generally it follows logically that springs from a stripper L will be the lightest and those from a loaded GL the heaviest but given the small difference between the heaviest and lightest it's probably not a lot of noticeable real world difference in performance.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by F3BZ View Post
                      there is an old post buried here that i made that gives the color splotch and its corresponding coil wire diameter. this info was taken from ford parts lists. you can use a simple formula to get the mathematical lbs/in the spring is rated at. from what i recall they ranged from .389 to .401 inches wire diameter.
                      you are correct as far as mixing of the springs from the factory. i.e. a front drivers side spring on an ATX car would be heavier than the pass side. i might have included this in the list as well. generally it follows logically that springs from a stripper L will be the lightest and those from a loaded GL the heaviest but given the small difference between the heaviest and lightest it's probably not a lot of noticeable real world difference in performance.
                      Searched for the old post but didn't find it. But I found this site that has a spring rate calculator.
                      https://www.thespringstore.com/sprin...alculator.html
                      Nellie - Yellow 90 5spd LPlus (bought '05 at 44,000 105,811 as of 01/18.)

                      Trixie - Dark Charcoal 89 L Auto. Bought 06/15/13 $1800 with 89,000 miles / 95,306 as of 01/18. Power windows and swoopie power
                      mirrors. Rio front, Aspire rear, 165/55 R14 Miatas. Mercury Tracer front seats. Gave Trixie to my grandson 09/22/2018.
                      Rosie - Red 92 GL 5 Speed Sold to Safety Guy 07/12/2018.
                      Bessie - Surf Blue '90 5spd LPlus (bought new) As of 10/2018 354K. No longer in the family.. sold to a forum member 10/20/2018

                      During the last 15 years I have also owned and then sold or gave away four other Festivas.

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                      • #12
                        i knew i wasn't imagining it. here it is. way back from 2007. as i re-read it i see it only applies to 90-93. i am sure i would've looked for 88/89 colors but they apparently weren't listed in the microfiches those years. also, never did understand why there were 3 colors for the same .401 coil unless there was a different coil count/height between the 3.

                        https://fordfestiva.com/forums/forum...7-spring-rates
                        Last edited by F3BZ; 12-12-2019, 12:54 AM.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by F3BZ View Post
                          i knew i wasn't imagining it. here it is. way back from 2007. as i re-read it i see it only applies to 90-93. i am sure i would've looked for 88/89 colors but they apparently weren't listed in the microfiches those years. also, never did understand why there were 3 colors for the same .401 coil unless there was a different coil count/height between the 3.

                          https://fordfestiva.com/forums/forum...7-spring-rates
                          Thanks... I printed it out and put it in my Festiva Shop Manual
                          Nellie - Yellow 90 5spd LPlus (bought '05 at 44,000 105,811 as of 01/18.)

                          Trixie - Dark Charcoal 89 L Auto. Bought 06/15/13 $1800 with 89,000 miles / 95,306 as of 01/18. Power windows and swoopie power
                          mirrors. Rio front, Aspire rear, 165/55 R14 Miatas. Mercury Tracer front seats. Gave Trixie to my grandson 09/22/2018.
                          Rosie - Red 92 GL 5 Speed Sold to Safety Guy 07/12/2018.
                          Bessie - Surf Blue '90 5spd LPlus (bought new) As of 10/2018 354K. No longer in the family.. sold to a forum member 10/20/2018

                          During the last 15 years I have also owned and then sold or gave away four other Festivas.

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