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So i got all the parts for a non-captive 4 wheel disk upgrade for my 97 Accent using newer Tiburon parts. Well I went to put them on and the spindles did not fit into my accent shocks. The were too big(shocks where to small) and now i have two choices. Grind down the spindle to fit my shocks or replace my shocks.
My shocks are bad so i wanted to replace them, but need them to fit the tibbys stuff. Does the tibby shocks fit on the accent? Can i use a tibby shock/strut with accent springs? I want to lower the car a little so i need to know my options, and yes I have searched all over for the info so sorry if this has been covered! Thanks guys
 

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Boy this is not the response I was hoping for!! No one has an answer for this? I think its funny that people say yeah it bolts right in yet it did not on my car. Im finding out that alot of people have no clue what the hell they are talking about. No dis-respect to those of you who do but there are things that people on here say that im finding incorrect. Just like people say that you cant plug an elantra/tibby ecu in a 95-96 accent, which i have and it works just as good as my 97 and up accents. Again im not trying to start anything, but i spent alot of time searching and I tore my car up because everyone says it will bolt right on, just to find out that they were wrong and put it all back together with the same crappy brakes I started with. If someone else has done the swap, tell me how it worked out for you. I also cant believe that no one know about the suspension crossovers for these cars. I get one day off a week and It looks like i will have to go to junk yard and find out myself. Maybe I'll post an answer to my own question.
 

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I thought that you swapped the RD Tib hub into the Accent Spindles to do the non-captive rotor upgrade, not the whole spindle?

And no I don't "know" that it is done that way, that was just my impression.

I know that someone used RD Tiburon struts, springs, and spindles on their Accent at least once before but I didn't see any explanation of how it was done. The one I'm thinking of was a race car so significant modifications might have been made to get it done.
 

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as far as I know the older x3 accents used a different strut than the newer x3 accents. I'm not sure of the crossover point but I know there is a difference. The older x3 had a smaller diameter strut vs the newer which is the same diameter as the tiburon and elantra.

I have the beta brakes on the front of my x3, I didn't do the swap myself because when I bought the car it was already done.

To be able to use the beta calipers and rotors you have to use the spindles since the caliper mounting holes won't be the same since your using bigger rotors and calipers. The beta spindles should all be the same the only difference is the older ones used captive rotors the newer ones didn't, the spindle itself was the same though the bearing and hubs are different obviously.

if I can find out more info from gimp i'll let you know. The only thing I can think of is you have the older struts on your accent and this is causing your fitment issues at the strut mounting part of the spindle.
 

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There are two different strut setups on the X3. For 1995-1997, the struts were smaller in diameter and had linear springs. From 1998 to 2005, struts had a larger diameter and progressive springs front and rear. Most importantly though, ALL accents prior to the MC have the exact same mounting points for the entire strut/spring assembly, both at the spindle and the chassis.

Additonally, tiburons prior to the GK have the same dimension lower flange (hence the tib brake swap working) and the same upper strut mount. The overall length of the strut unit is only slightly longer or shorter by a few mm's (I forget which way, it on webtech). Tiburon struts and spring assemblies WILL fit the X3 and LC accent, but you have to swap the whole assembly (you can't just use the springs, or just the struts, for example). Rob (4doorGL) had done the swap on his X3 for example.
 

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If I'm reading this right, can I take struts and springs from a pre-GK Tibby and direct swap the whole thing onto my LC? Is it really that simple? Tiburon suspension parts so much easier to find than stuff for the Accent.
 

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From my research at the junk yard and hours of online reading yes you can minus the upper strut mount (the top of shock that has the bolt sticking out to bolt to car) will have to be swapped. You can remove your stock on and put it on the tibby's shock and it will bolt right in. At least this was the case for the x3 accent and this is what I plan to do.
 

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Does anyone know if the Tiburon struts ride lower than the Accents struts? If I wanted to lower my car and was going to buy all new springs and struts anyway, would a Tibby setup be a better option?
 

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Does anyone know if the Tiburon struts ride lower than the Accents struts? If I wanted to lower my car and was going to buy all new springs and struts anyway, would a Tibby setup be a better option?
well i just want to know if anyone has tried the same conversion on an X3 excel 2 door,if not i'm about to try. i've just got my hands on a 2000 tiburon/s-coupe (just because it hasn't been done, don't mean it can't be done), so i'm gunna try and if it works i'll post all useful info on the transplant, and if it don't then i'll post the reasons why. so that everyone can learn from my experience with it.
i'm gunna post pics as well for referrence and to show how it was done as well as any differences in parts. but as far as i can tell hyundai was big on cost cutting so used as many shortcuts as possible (same engine bay and floor pans for all equivalant year models) hence the low price to buy, so hopefully all the suspension and engine mount points are the same. (fingers crossed) but so far all the pics i've checked have looked bang on with the exception of the guard mount centre bolt points, (out further on the tiburon) compared to the excel but all other dimensions other then wheel base are seeming to be the same. i'll get back to you as soon as i take delivery of the tiburon and can actually check the physical dimensions my self.
 

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old thread bump, zion how'd that go?
 

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old thread bump, zion how'd that go?
still trying to pay off the tibby, but the conversion may not be on the cards any more, we gunna be giving the x3 to my lil bro for his 18th so i'm just gunna be fixing the tibby for now and i'll have to do the conversion at a later date. plus i just got my hands on a xw sedan so i'm gunna be working on that first. but the conversion mensioned is still on my things to do before i die list, lol.
 

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If I'm reading this right, can I take struts and springs from a pre-GK Tibby and direct swap the whole thing onto my LC? Is it really that simple? Tiburon suspension parts so much easier to find than stuff for the Accent.
From my research at the junk yard and hours of online reading yes you can minus the upper strut mount (the top of shock that has the bolt sticking out to bolt to car) will have to be swapped. You can remove your stock on and put it on the tibby's shock and it will bolt right in. At least this was the case for the x3 accent and this is what I plan to do.
 

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From my research at the junk yard and hours of online reading yes you can minus the upper strut mount (the top of shock that has the bolt sticking out to bolt to car) will have to be swapped. You can remove your stock on and put it on the tibby's shock and it will bolt right in. At least this was the case for the x3 accent and this is what I plan to do.
interesting....i wonder what the improvement would be if anything
 

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nothing unless you want a rally car ! ... its a larger car and the strutts are longer giving you a HIGHER ride hight but otherwise yes tiby and lantra struts will slip right in but you need to change the top hat, as well as the lower contol arms off a lantra which is great for the beta conversion (no axle shortening) also giving the front a meen camber
 

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... but you have to swap the whole assembly (you can't just use the springs, or just the struts, for example) ...
this...

i tried swapping just the tibby strut w/ the accent spring and top half, etc. no dice, the bottom part (where the spring sits) is too small on the tibby strut and won't safely hold the spring. tomorrow i'll see if i can get the whole setup or at least the spring from a junker.

it also brought up an interesting question. with the tibby rear struts, if someone where to pick up the tibby endlinks and tibby sway bar, would it fit? that may be another endevour down the line.
 

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dont know bout the tiby but the lantra ones are waayy too long and i would emagine they would be the same item as its almost the exact same platform. I am going to cut some down over the xmas break this year to fitt lantra rear discs and to match my wider front (lantra lower control arms on front wich work a treet with a lill sway bar mod) so ill let you know how i go and post some pics.
 
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