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Old 02-22-2007, 11:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How difficult is it to install these things? I am looking to put them on my car. Hope I have all the tools I will need to do it. Has anyone here done there own lowering springs?

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Old 02-22-2007, 12:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yah Ebay, can't find them anywhere else where I live. Also on a budget and the springs need to be adjustable.
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those are the worst coil overs on the face of this earth. I wouldn't even trust those on my lawn mower lol....those are an absolute disgrace...

they wont even list the spring rates will they? lol

just go with ground controls, or save up and get ground controls... they aren't that pricey...$400 for the set and you clearly get what you pay for...

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i just emailed the seller to ask what spring rates they were, awaiting his response lol
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Oh man, glad I didn't buy em. I'll check out the 'ground control' you speak of.

Ok, I was looking at the link you put up, is that $399.00 each?
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no thats the whole set, $400, oh and thats $400 American, i am running them on my scirocco, and just about every other car i have built...best bang/buck ever! give them a call, they are very helpfull and can set you up with whatever you need

edit: and no response from the seller of the "cosmo racing" coilovers
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Thanks a bunch. $400.00us plus shipping plus duty and taxes, I'll have to save for a few more weeks. And there's the wife issue...........arg.

edit: What about spring cutting, the guys I work with say just cut 'em. But I have never been to comfortable with that idea.

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if you cut the spring you lower the spring rate, so not only are they going to be lower and have less travel they will be softer making you more prone to bottoming out..

just save up and explain to your wife you dont want to buy something twice, you want to do it right the first time
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I have got some lowering spring ordered, H&R 1.3inch drop. Looking forward to installing them.
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My two cents
Nice choice. (I got ST springs)
Shorter and stiffer makes a huge difference.
Check the shock mounts while your in there, front and rear, they wear out.
If you replace the mounts do it right. (I'd suggest adjustables)
Shorter springs usually need shorter shocks to stay within the spec travel for the valving etc or they may may fail.
Seems Bilstien sports or Koni's are the only ones that last in these cars.
or maybe Sachs, so Ive read
Some say KYB or Tokico's fail (the Miata guy swears by KYB?)


I'm getting ST bars to go with my set up.
Kraut doesnt believe in sway bars LOL

BTW I just got Hawk HPS brake pads installed yesterday. So far so good.
(wifes pissed about the $$$ ...as usual)
Hint save up cash from lunch money split the bill at the shop ie $150 cash for parts then charge the $140 labor and then lie like hell ... :lol:

BMWCCA Autocross this Sat here is SD, wish me luck.
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$140 to install springs? LOL ya right, thats a 2 hour do it yourselfer, really hard to mess up installing springs, expecially the rears

for the rears, unbolt the bottom shock bolt, extend suspension down, pull out rear spring, lol

front is still only what 4 bolts? per side?

worst thing you will need for sport springs is a spring compressor, usually free to rent from any car parts store, with coil overs you dont even need that though cause theres no preload on the spring
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