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93 probe stock struts/springs on 1988 mx6

I searched a bit and got muddy results about the 93 probe gt suspension on 1g mx6's

This will serve as a kind of fyi post to anyone interested like i was.

So the car :1988 mx6 gt stock
Suspension: 93 probe gt stock front struts/springs. Including top hats.

They bolt up. On my car i had to drill the top mount holes a little more into a slot shape. Not sure if that was a fluke or needed for all mx6's.

They lowered the front 1.5"

195/60r15 on stock wheels, the gap from center of arch/fender lip to tire is 2" passenger and 2.5" drivers (different due to uneven parking surface i believe, ill try to update that later when i have time)

The fronts done and stock rears make the car sit even all around.

Before and after pics.

On a side note if anyone has fenders that arent rusted that they dont need. Any color ill take them. Im in 99216
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Cool I have a 626 GT in need of suspension. That really looks good! How's the ride??
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I agree the search function doesn't always find what your looking for and it can take a while to find what you want to know.

For the most part the remaining 1st gen members are helpful and rarely reply with "It's already been posted so search".

That being said your "FYI" should not be used as a "HOW TO".

There is usually more then one way of doing things, some are okay, some are better and some are wrong.

Your way I am not sure about, with the smaller 2nd gen "Top hat" /strut mount bolt pattern the mount shouldn't move but the strut mount bolts are M10 or 10mm/1CM diameter the circumference is 31.4mm/3.14cm, you have removed 10mm/1cm of the surrounding metal which is 31.8% of the circumference metal.

Usually people use the 93pgt springs and struts but use the 1stgen strut mount.

The good news is a second gen strut tower bar should sorta fit on your car now, the center bore will be to small but the bolt patterns the same. Put 4 nuts on the strut mount and tighten to the car, put washers over the nuts until the strut bar plate sits flat and put nuts over the it.

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Definitely not a how to. Its Just for any others that are curious if you can walk into a parts yard. Grab them, walk out, bolt up. Which almost happens with good results.

Total metal surface taken off was 4mm on each tower. At least the way i did it. With The studs being a tighter circumference than the stock hats i just pretty much filed around 1mm off the inside edge of each hole which leaves the hat studs tight to the mounting holes allowing no movement in any direction.

Ride is great. It feels the same as the stock adjustables on their stiffest setting.
For 45$ and a couple hours it evens the car out looks better and loses no comfort at least in my case.
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Awesome, glad to see this swap actually works and with pictures too. Three weeks ago I put 2nd gen KYBs on my '88 and reused the 1g top mounts (slotted the upper hub bolt hole to correct the camber), but didn't have the 2g springs until yesterday. Mine came from a '93 MX6 V6, so hopefully they're close in rate to the '93 PGT
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Not only do the 2nd gen struts sit lower, but the springs themselves are shorter, by a lot (1g on left, 2g on right). It all works out in the end though, and results in a much better ride.

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Big difference! Post pics here of them on!
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