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Old 07-17-2013, 04:48 AM
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Even with a hole in one of the bags, it still looks pretty good. Some of the guys at bag riders hooked me up with a new bag. should be here Friday. I am getting some mounting tabs welded to the struts tomorrow, and for extra protection, I'm having a ring welded around the strut near the top of the knuckle so even if that mounting tab breaks, it won't fall through and give me problems.

Removed the roof rack. What do you guys think, roof rack or no roof rack?
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Old 07-17-2013, 05:20 AM
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No roof rack. it looks super clean.
It sucks that you had problems so soon but it's good you got it sorted out really quick also.
I vote you get 16's and see how those fit. As a matter of fact, buy my wheels.
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Old 07-17-2013, 05:33 AM
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Second gens will go ridiculoulsy low on 16s...especially if you run small tires. My clubman was almost on the ground when it was on 16s ....and that was when I was running struts that were too long
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Old 07-17-2013, 05:50 AM
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I'll probably stick with 17s. I thought 16s looked too small on my car when I had them. Plus... I reaallllyy like my style 5s!
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Old 07-19-2013, 02:05 AM
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Hey guys, here's what I did to prevent this from happening again. Hopefully this can help people in the future prevent this from happening.

Welded the lower mount as well as the swaybar endlink mount onto the new strut from my stockers. I also welded a couple parts around the strut so even if that mount fails, the strut won't fall through again. Probably not necessary, but the peace of mind is nice.

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And just for good measures... Just finished these up today. Last part of my wheels I needed to complete.

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Old 07-23-2013, 11:01 PM
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Don't be a pansy. What fun would modifying a car be if it was all just bolt-ins?
If it were easy, everyone would be doing it.


Car looks sick man, glad you got it sorted. Definitely no roof rack.

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Old 07-24-2013, 07:22 PM
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I'll probably stick with 17s. I thought 16s looked too small on my car when I had them. Plus... I reaallllyy like my style 5s!
Those wheels look huge.....
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Old 07-24-2013, 11:21 PM
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After a few performance runs, I have decided that my current suspension handles better than any set of my coilovers ever did. This is probably due to the fact that my coilovers were slammed way past where they were meant to be for performance, and usually I messed with preload slightly, but still. I can't even believe how well these things handle. I am able to raise the car to a pretty high PSI to the height that the car was supposed to be driven to perform well, where everything in the suspension works the way it's supposed to. I am officially converted.
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Old 07-25-2013, 12:39 AM
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Those wheels look huge.....
Still better than 16s on a bagged car

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After a few performance runs, I have decided that my current suspension handles better than any set of my coilovers ever did. This is probably due to the fact that my coilovers were slammed way past where they were meant to be for performance, and usually I messed with preload slightly, but still. I can't even believe how well these things handle. I am able to raise the car to a pretty high PSI to the height that the car was supposed to be driven to perform well, where everything in the suspension works the way it's supposed to. I am officially converted.
Told you they wouldn't ride poorly
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Old 07-25-2013, 01:02 AM
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Told you they wouldn't ride poorly
You sir were correct. I will be the first to admit I was wrong, and I'm glad I was wrong!
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Old 07-26-2013, 01:51 AM
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Still better than 16s on a bagged car

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It's weird how much better 16's fit on R50/R53's... Well, bagged R50/R53's.
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Old 07-26-2013, 02:10 AM
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It's weird how much better 16's fit on R50/R53's... Well, bagged R50/R53's.
The R56 body (especially the clubman) is just so much "chubbier". I personally prefer it, but the R53s definitely have a more nimble appearance and look far better on 16s than their newer counterparts.
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Old 07-26-2013, 04:37 PM
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Can't lie it looks great slammed.
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Old 07-27-2013, 10:09 PM
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Thanks all!

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