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Old 05-14-2006, 11:44 AM   #21
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Nice!!!
Took a 200 mile road trip to test the new dampers.
I am most impressed. This car is quite "tight" now.
I ended up at 2F / 4R for daily driving.
Track testing will have to wait another week.

But there is a problem...on the front...
I've got mega spring popping noises from the front when doing tight manuevers such as parking.
Didn't notice it at all on the road, but when I went to park the car "pop-crack-boing". Not good.
I swapped left and right springs, to see if I could even out my ride height.
Passenger side was sitting about 1/4" higher than the driver's side.
Is there a left/right spring? I sure don't see it noted.
What about top/bottom?
I can see that the spring is moving on it's seat.
Wheels straight ahead, the spring sits all the way over into the recess in the spring seat on the strut.
If I turn the wheels all the way to the right or left,
the end of the spring will move almost 1" away from where it should be seated.

Nuts...
Anyone had this happen?

Going out to take one side apart, and see if I can't figure it out...
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Old 05-14-2006, 01:26 PM   #22
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Update...
It appears I have found the problem.
Thank God I took before and after pictures of the strut assemblies.
I'm completely embarrassed at the moment.
The upper spring cups were installed upside down.
Sheesh...and I call myself a mechanic of sorts...

So, it took me all of 45 minutes to completely disassemble everything for the 2nd time.
I'll let you know how it turns out this time, but I do believe my problem will be solved.
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Old 05-14-2006, 01:35 PM   #23
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thank god that's all fixed up.

reminds of of the time I installed new springs and struts on my friends civic, then he calls me up 10 minutes later saying his strut rod is hitting his roof because I forgot the washers.

You will be surprised to find settings 1/2 (front) 1-4 (rear) most comfortable unless you live in an area with nice paved roads and no potholes.
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Old 05-14-2006, 02:07 PM   #24
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Doug, are you gonna make it to this sundays race? i'm off, so i'm going to make the trip for some fun! even though no points, but lots of fun
might have my throttle body on by then.
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Old 05-14-2006, 03:23 PM   #25
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thank god that's all fixed up.

reminds of of the time I installed new springs and struts on my friends civic, then he calls me up 10 minutes later saying his strut rod is hitting his roof because I forgot the washers.

You will be surprised to find settings 1/2 (front) 1-4 (rear) most comfortable unless you live in an area with nice paved roads and no potholes.
Yes, Thank God that ordeal is over.
Just went on a test run...no more spring noise.
And, as far as the settings...still at 2F / 4R.
Our roads suck...can't see running any stiffer than that for daily driver settings.

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Well, this Sunday's race in Ronan is about done.
I'm assuming you mean next weekend, the 21st in Helena. (Region 52-Bozeman).
You betchya I'll be there!.
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Old 05-15-2006, 07:41 AM   #26
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Glad everything got worked out for you Doug.

Now turn them up and hit the twisties
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Old 05-15-2006, 09:21 AM   #27
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hey doug hows that setup with the stock springs...im in the same boat as u dont really want to lower it now?...im sure u liek it jsut would like some more feedback, thanks!
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Old 05-16-2006, 02:24 PM   #28
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I'm liking it a LOT!
I just spent quite a bit of seat time over the last couple days,
winding up and down a couple mountain passes,
and as many twisty roads as I could find around here.
Still sitting at 2F/4R.
The car is very neutral now, and much more stable (body roll) than it was before.
It's also much easier to get it to do what you want it to do.
"Power on" to generate understeer, and "trail braking" to bring the tail end around.

The only thing I might change at the moment, (for daily commuting duties) is to drop the rears down to 2 or 3.
It hits the bumps just a bit too hard for my tastes in daily commuting duties.

I've got pics to post, (most importantly the upper spring cup fiasco) but now I've got to find the time.
Amazing how much you forget about work when you take a couple days off.
I'm way too relaxed right now!
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Old 05-16-2006, 04:39 PM   #29
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OK, now I feel bad...
Someone PM'd me about strut length, but I don't have that PM anymore.
At any rate, here's the answer this person was looking for:
Both the front and rear dampers were the same compressed/extended height as the stock SVT units.

BTW, at almost 35,000 miles now:
My front struts were still in good shape (comparable to 1 or 2 on the KYB's),
but the rear shocks were pretty much toast. Nothing compared to the new ones.
Our beautifully smooth roads (cough cough - sarcasm) are most likely to blame for that.
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Damn...I just put my SVT suspension on, and now you're making me want a set of these Although, $400 for just struts and dampers is a little high...
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