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Old 09-07-2011, 08:22 PM   #111
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I'm gonna POR-15 'em before the weekend and, as soon as the rain breaks here, grab my brother and install 'em
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Old 09-07-2011, 09:33 PM   #112
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I'm gonna POR-15 'em before the weekend and, as soon as the rain breaks here, grab my brother and install 'em
Word. The product we're going to use is Glisten-PC, made by POR-15. I sandblasted a transmission case and coated it with this stuff. Hard as NAILS. Plenty of photos coming, provided this monsoon heads out soon...
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Thanks for the idea and help, Brother!
The weather broke for the weekend so we got moving on step 1 for the install: prepping with Glisten PC.

Here's another pic of the Raceland kit out-of-box as I received it.


The threads were wrapped in small strips of shop towels to avoid damage from wire-hanging them.


The products and materials needed for coating (not pictured: PRE metal cleaner/pre-treatment, popsicle sticks, wire hangers and disposable craft paintbrushes).


Measuring the proper amounts of product and hardener.


Mixing/activating the two chemicals.


Using PRE to 'wash' the dirt and fingerprints off the dampers before coating.


Painting the Glisten PC onto the non-threaded/non moving sections of the front dampers.


A close look at the (still wet) front damper with the Glisten PC applied, you can sort of see brush marks near the tabs and top of the damper.


A good look at the rear damper with freshly applied coating only on the piston side of the piece to illustrate a with/with-out appearance.


The coating will need the better part of a week to dry and then cure. We'll finish the install next weekend (hopefully) provided the weather and schedules work out.
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Old 09-19-2011, 10:16 PM   #114
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Oh yeah! ... more to come soon!
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FINALLY!!! I got halfway through installing the fronts and found a torn CV boot... so it took a few weeks saving to get that part in my possession; sorry about the slow response!


Here we go:

Removing the rear springs/shocks








Here's the new spring, reusing the boot/cushion for the top (strut tower), and the height adjuster at the bottom...


Removing the rear strut




Old vs. New comparison

some of the old pieces will need to be reinstalled (collar and bump-stop, there's also a plastic cap for the stock shock but the new ones are sealed)





Placement of the new assembly




Sean: The helpful friend... SHOCKER!

All done! Now to put the wheels back on...




SOOOO happy... the floor jack won't even fit now! I need "The Blue Monster"








I apologize in advance for possibly taking over the review thread, I didn't get a set of instructions with mine and the walk-through threads I found here were helpful, but not as visually descriptive as I'd hoped being inexperienced.
It's this thread that led me to the purchase... OH MAH GOD am I thankful I read this!!!

I've now tested it on wet and dry roads. On a twisty road back from the garage space the install happened, I got a chance to really put 'em to the test: they are amazing. The tight corners were handled with aplomb and nary a hint of sloppiness could be detected, the brakes I replaced now work better, too! There was a minimal change in ride-feel, as this coil-over set is more aggressively tuned than the OEM shocks and Eibach Pro springs I removed to fit these; but that's precisely what I was hoping for... I just need to align it all now!
In wet weather, (I have to credit the front/rear strut tower braces with stiffness that made my car feel unsafe to drive it rain before) the car feels tight and with only an hour's worth of experience in rain with the set, I wasn't about to try hard turns! I need a new set of tires as the current set is three years old and dry-rotted; so if you have fresh shoes it may be a different story for you.

All-in-all, I would recommend this set again, and again if you're in the market. They aren't the most expensive set you can find (and that's why I got them), but the bumpy-ness and harshness I'd read about people fearing: non-existent. If you want to ditch the pillowy handling and crispify your ride, or you were looking at just getting new dampers (like myself); this coil-over set is about equally priced as an upgraded set of shocks... and you can adjust your drop!!! Gotta love that...
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Old 10-12-2011, 11:58 PM   #116
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Totally didn't put the walk-through for the front struts in... please lemme know if I it all needs it's own thread!
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ya did you have to dremel the front knuckles to fit the struts in?
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ya did you have to dremel the front knuckles to fit the struts in?
Yeah, a little bit of grinding was necessary. I did a walk-through but only posted it on FJ, 'cause I already had half of it up here, and a few other people have done them on here. I took as many pictures as possible to give a visual instruction as I didn't get any instructions with the kit. The pics here were instrumental in installing it myself, but some steps weren't pictured and I worried I was doing it correctly the whole time!

http://forums.focaljet.com/suspensio...4-zx3-5-a.html
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What, mine?! I'm as low as I wanna be. I still race the car and "stanced" isn't really functional/safe for that activity... That looks cool, but I want to go fast around corners and it's gotten better at doing that since this setup ended up in my car.

If low 'n' slow is for you, cut ALL the bumpstops and enjoy; but that's not my style.
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