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Thanks to the lowered stance of my car I find I occasionally scrape on speedbumps and I have to be careful not to touch my front air dam to standard height parking berms and curbs that other cars easily clear. Is there a way to adjust my car higher by an inch without replacing suspension components? If I do have to replace components, what is the easiest path to do so?
 

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There's no way to adjust ride height unless you have aftermarket adjustable coilovers. Do you have any idea what shocks/springs you have installed? Stock springs can be installed on most aftermarket shocks so while it'd be a bit of labor to take apart the shock/spring assemblies, it'd be pretty cheap to buy stock springs - once you find a set for sale, that is.
 

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The listing for the car says

"All new suspension parts have been installed including H&R springs, Tokico Illumina shocks (works with factory adjustable suspension and are no longer in production),
Whiteline sway bars, poly bushings, etc."

This as much as I know. If I knew what I was looking for my local shop will put it on a lift so I can look.
 

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The listing for the car says

"All new suspension parts have been installed including H&R springs, Tokico Illumina shocks (works with factory adjustable suspension and are no longer in production),
Whiteline sway bars, poly bushings, etc."

This as much as I know. If I knew what I was looking for my local shop will put it on a lift so I can look.
Those shocks are basically priceless now, and arguably one of the best OE type shocks you could buy for a MKIII.
What you need to do is source a set of stock springs to replace the H&R lowering springs. The stock springs will match the Tokicos wonderfully for your purposes.
 

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Those shocks are basically priceless now, and arguably one of the best OE type shocks you could buy for a MKIII.
When I picked the car up the previous owner said "The shocks in here are new. Just drive on them as long as you can but you won't be able to replace them." I'll start with the local Toyota dealer that has been so helpful with all the other parts I have bought for my car.
 

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Priceless you say... :D
Yep they are extremely rare.

Back to the original question.
The H&R springs do ride pretty low from what I remember, lower than the Eibachs.

You should just switch back to the stock springs, keep the suspension good for a daily driver.
 

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Not with out aircups (and all the plumbing).

These are Ceika with Stance Aircups.

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When I picked the car up the previous owner said "The shocks in here are new. Just drive on them as long as you can but you won't be able to replace them." I'll start with the local Toyota dealer that has been so helpful with all the other parts I have bought for my car.
Those Tokico shocks and the stock springs are both long discontinued. Finding a used set of stock springs from a MK3 going to coilovers or other aftermarket stuff should be pretty easy if you're willing to pay the shipping costs. With a spring compressor it will be straightforward to remove each shock, disassemble the shock/spring assembly, replace the H&R spring with the stock spring, and then reassemble it. It'll be labor intensive if you have someone else do it.
 

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Fortunately, my uncle doesn't beat me up on labor charges if I bring him parts and they like having my car at the shop to work on. It gets them a lot of attention during the day when it is outside. I think what I will do is find springs and then take them with it to him for my scheduled annual maintenance visit in July.
 

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One option is to make some spacers to raise the lower spring cup on the shock body. I have some of these on my car that I made myself from 4130 tube stock. The lower spring mount just sits on a ring/ledge on the shock body, and you can put a spacer in between them.
 

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Confirmed with seller and order placed. $160 isn't bad. Are the ones coming off worth listing to sell?
 

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Yes, resale them.
 

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Are you going to be ready to see the original ride height of this car?
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This is my second Mk III so I already know what it is supposed to look like; in fact, I don't like how it looks like the tires are up in the wheel wells. My avatar picture was taken in my '90 Sport Roof and the girl in the picture is about to graduate high school. To be honest, at 50 years old my knees might appreciate it being a little higher.
 

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Good to hear.
I am in agreement with you for a daily driver.
You will not have to worry about driving up slopes or going over speed bumps at an angle. Among other problems low slung vehicles cause on normal shit roads.
Daily drivers are supposed to be comfortable and easy.

I think it's a good call for your use case.
 

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Okay, so the local Toyota dealer does not want to work on my car due to its age. How big a job is replacing the springs? Can my local repair shop that does everything* do it or should I contact Ward Auto Racing, a shop that specializes in Supras not too far from me?

* literally everything. I saw this a few weeks ago. I touched it just because I could.
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Swapping out the springs does not (very much should not) require a Supra specialist. If I can do it, your local shop, if they're competent at minimum, can do it.

And yeah, I also recently discovered that my local independent shop officially does not work on cars older than 1996, but they give me an exception, probably because they know I understand the risks and limitations. That said, I am little surprised the Toyota dealer won't work on it, but I can understand it. If any shop has a little accident with one the very hard to replace parts on these cars, you both are probably gonna wish they didn't start the work in the first place. I also have a reputable performance shop do some of the work on my old Toyotas, as that sorta thing is part of their specialty, plus they don't mind if you bring your own parts and such. They also don't exactly work up invoices, so there are some trade-offs.....
 

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The guys at Toyota thanked me for bringing it but basically said "If we mess something up the parts on that car are irreplaceable. When I needed my wing fixed the guy said "that piece is priceless. I would be afraid to even bring it in the shop."
 
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