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Old 09-27-2003, 09:42 PM   #1
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post-install suspension woes....HELP!!

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so i got the FK 35/40 kit in yesterday. took about 5-6 hours, but i did it. anywho, there's some things going on that i'm a little concerned about. mainly, there are some clackity-clack noises coming from the front suspension (both corners) whenever i hit some bumps. my best guess is that the ruber pieces i didn't transfer from the old srpings to the new ones were important (these are the pieces that kind of look like heater hose wrapped around the spring). What i think i'm hearing is the spring banging against the bottom perch when the suspension goes to compress. any other possibilities? i'm pretty sure everything is tight enough. the only bolt that took some real nads to loosen was the retaining bolt on them bottom, and i toruqed it to so i hard i could barely see straight when i got done.

pics and post-install reviews will come after i figure this problem out and get the alignment done.


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Old 09-27-2003, 09:48 PM   #2
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I think you need the spring isolation rubber on there.
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When I installed my springs in my car I put one of the plates on the top of the spring assemblies on upside down, rubbed every bump..

Guys at my shop got a good laugh outta that one ;)
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you mean the top plate where the bearing sits.... the one with the studs coming out of it? how could you put that in upside-down? anywho, i beleive my guess is correct. i jacked the car back up yesterday and made sure everything was tight still. while there, i could see the rubbing had worn off some paint on the mount portion of the strut, most likely from the srping rubbing on it. i put the top rubber pieces back on and tried to get the lowers on by cutting a slit in them and working it around the spring. it really didn't work, though, bc obviously you have to have clearane between the strut and the spring. looks like i'm just going to have to tear the front end apart again. oh well. should be easier the second time around, right?


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On my 03 ZX3 there is a plate that goes over the strut tower, the blots are attached to the tower and not to the plate itself.
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OK. i figured it out. the top bearing plate was loose! why? because the threaded portion of the strut wasn't threaded far enough! so a couple of washers later and the ride is nice and quiet. handles better, too. i plan to have a full review once i get some pics to put up with it (don't have my digital camera, so i have to wait to get the pics developed)..... but i'll tell you now that this suspension is awesome. love the ride, the stance, everything! you can't beat it for $349 shipped to your door!

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