New Rear Springs and Driven Sprocket Test Fit

I tried using a set of front springs on the back but it didn’t give me enough extra to get the car sitting level again. I looked around and the only other springs I had available easily were the front springs off a 93 Ford Ranger V6. They were an exact fit but were just a bit long. The first picture shows the stock spring for size reference.

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The back end of the car was sitting about 4 inches higher than the front with the springs at full length. I cut them down to get the back end sitting a bit higher than the front. It should settle down a bit over time and that will get it pretty close to level. If not I can trim the spring a bit in a few weeks.

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After getting it sitting good I moved on to the front axle. I took the axle apart on one end so I could slip the sprocket over the shaft. the 7/8 bore sprocket fits it perfectly and I just had to lightly tap it on over the surface rust. I just test fit it so nothing is welded or mounted. I had to make sure it fit well and everything lined up properly. So in the pictures you can see how well it actually works. The sprocket clears everything easily and I could have even went to a larger size. The washer on the end of the suspension arm mount just barely touches the chain. So I will grind that edge off and everything else is fine.

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The motor is still just sitting there and not mounted. Next thing will be to move the MSD box out of the way and make up the motor mounting brackets. I probably will not cut the keyway slot out of the axle until I am sure everything is right but so far it looks real good.

Updated: March 13, 2009 — 7:35 pm

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  1. Very impressive – where are you, what state? I’m in Oregon, Oregon City. recently bought a 93′ xfi and have an 89 lsi which I want to convert to elec. The xfi I might go the hybrid route as your conv. Hope it’s all running well for you still.

  2. Awesome! I love your website! I had owned and drove a 1991 GEO Metro 1.0 liter, 5 speed 2 door hatchback and the best I got was 54 MPG, averaging 49 overall. I now drive a 1999 Chevy Metro 1.0 liter, 5 speed 2 door hatchback and get 46 MPG overall. Why don’t they build these anymore? I hope your modifications get you 100 MPG, I will check in for updates, keep up the good work!!

  3. You are a mad scientist!! I mean that in a good way and I hope you take it as a compliment.

  4. Just bought a 91 Convertible but I think I am missing a piece from where the boot sits (when top is up) – any suggestions on locating a photo for confirmation?
    Love your site – how is the elect conversion working?

  5. To Mary and anyone else interested: I own 5 Geo Metros, 4 1991 Convertibles and 1 1994 4 Door (being built into a Retro Panel wagon)I have 2 verts that are parts vehicles, and have many parts that I am willing to sell or trade. I am also always looking out for any companies that are still producing any body Kits for the Metro. I am currently working on a foam body kit that gives a metro Convertible a close resemblance to a C5 Corvette. I have one in development called “2Faced”. anyone interested in chatting or doing business with me can reach me in Southern Tennessee at :theclevelandstar@gmail.com or 423-595-3718, thank you guys and also….Suzuki is bringing back the Metro.. Called the “Splash”..just thought everyone would like to know that!! CYA!

  6. RIck,

    Are you still working on Geos? THe last post I see on you web site is 2009.

    Rick Brimhall

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