For the front I bought these http://www.ebay.com/itm/200-lbs-in-S.../292008279519?
Their total length needs to be reduced about 1 inch (perhaps 1.25 inches?) to maintain stock ride height. My initial calculations were off slightly and I did not cut mine enough so my ride height increased a bit and thus I cannot provide exact numbers.
Take equal amounts off the top and bottom using a grinding wheel (I used a drill attachment). File/sand the rough edges and coat the fresh cut with something to prevent rust if you want.
The coils are spaced very close together so that regular clamp type spring compressors wont fit between the coils. The method I used to compress the springs, and keep them compressed, was not safe, so I wont go into that publicly.
I have seen others use spring clamps on the top/bottom of the spring to compress it initially, and then use 2 equally spaced metal cam type synching straps (on the second from the top/bottom coil) to keep the spring compressed. They then remove the metal clamp type compressors, install the compressed spring, reassemble the strut, carefully loosen the straps and then slide the straps out. The straps are dangerous for many reasons, one if which is that they WILL slide down the coil (since the coil is at an angle) if not held in place with say vice grips, or they could fail all together releasing hundreds of pounds of stored energy into a 5 pound projectile. Compressed springs are no joke and can kill you.
Last edited by ahausheer; 06-21-2017 at 02:36 PM.
I don't really recall how the front strut was made --- do you remember if you had to cut a full coil at a time or were the end stops clock-able?
Last edited by ahausheer; 06-28-2017 at 02:12 AM.
Ahausheer, did you notice any change in ride height with the Yaris rear springs? I'd actually like to gain about 1/2" in ground clearance.
View my fuel log 2015 Mirage ES 1.2 automatic: 40.5 mpg (US) ... 17.2 km/L ... 5.8 L/100 km ... 48.7 mpg (Imp)
DO NOT cut your spring... that's not the right way to go...
Also you may not need to upgrade the front spring, because when you upgrade the rear spring with WV/Fit/Yaris spring, you are actually improving the spring ratio, making it less understeer (easier to turn/rotate/cornering) because the WV/Fit/Yaris spring is stiffer.
However if you also stiffen up the front spring too, you might end up getting similar ratio as before, hence the handling of the car won't improve as much as only upgrading the rear.
I am searching for any cheap replacement struts / shocks available for my 2015 Mirage DE
After working my ass off for two summers to buy this gas "efficient" car to get to school and back, I am finding that all the parts for this car are quadrupled in price.
Thanks Mitsubishi, for the great deal with "efficiency". Since you want $1000 + labor just for new shocks, it seems I'm paying the same ,OR More, as if I had bought an 8 cylinder SUV.
Does anyone know if I can put ANY other shocks on this car? Preferably in the $40-$50 each range?, (as they should be priced)
Does anyone know if I can put ANY other shocks on this car from the Lancer or Evolution?
Thank you very much if you can provide some information.
Last edited by jimmy409; 10-16-2017 at 07:08 AM.
Hello jimmy409 and welcome to the forum.
There are some aftermarket suspension systems but they are certainly not in the $50 price range, and are usually meant for "performance" which means lowering, and which also means alignment problems.
Sorry that I don't have the answers you are looking for. Consider using salvage parts from a 2017. Forum member Rkt Ship did just this weekend and posted about it here: I'm doing a thing He's pretty handy and not afraid to dive in to such a project. I'm looking forward to hearing how this changes the ride of his Mirage, as I understand the suspension of the 2017s is much improved over the 2014s & 2015s.
Do you mind sharing why you feel the need to replace shocks and struts? Your Mirage isn't that old. If it passes a bounce test, new shocks and struts might not give you the changes you are looking for and thus would be a waste of money.