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Old 07-22-2010, 07:40 PM
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The fact that you have to sandwich the stock 'pillow' back in w/o the spacer piece lets them compress the foam and thus clank like crazy. I just need to torque the **** outta em. we'll see
Why can't you use the spacer piece? Diameter? You could easily source another spacer piece.
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Old 07-22-2010, 09:21 PM
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I have no complaints when it comes to our vmaxx coils. I honestly think we have it made. I rode in a mk4 jetta with vmaxx and they were so soft and bouncy in comparison. Almost no dampening.
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Well, I pulled the trigger today and upgraded myself considerably....


After all the reading and feedback I read through, I really wanted to save the $$$ and go with the Vmaxx's, but I also really wanted to be assured that I would have the quality I knew I'd get for the extra money spent by going with a Koni or H&R.....which I've had on past cars.

So I went with the H&R RS S Clubsports, mostly because they go lower and offer dampening adjustments.

They'll be here tomm. and I can hopefully get them thrown on in the next week, and then it'll get dropped off at Forgeline for the fitting of the wheels.....and I've pretty much decided to go with 18" DE3P's, but don't know exactly what width's to go with yet.......but I know for a fact that they'll be staggered.

Can't wait!

Anything I need to know or have tool-wise to make the Coil-over job go smoothly? This will be the very first mod on the Mini and I've never worked on them before, coming from a VW background.
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Old 08-19-2010, 07:20 PM
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Anything I need to know or have tool-wise to make the Coil-over job go smoothly? This will be the very first mod on the Mini and I've never worked on them before, coming from a VW background.
It's not mini-specific, but you'll want either a spark plug socket or an open socket set so you can deal with the top nut on the front without the strut shaft spinning.
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Old 08-19-2010, 11:31 PM
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It's not mini-specific, but you'll want either a spark plug socket or an open socket set so you can deal with the top nut on the front without the strut shaft spinning.
The easiest way i've found to do struts without an impact gun (lots of people don't recomend them) is with a couple of tools and some McGyverness.

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-1/2 inch drive Deep socket
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-large vice grips
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-1/4 inch drive socket or hex drive or allen wrench
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-1/4 inch drive extension to clear the deep socket
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-1/4 inch drive ratchet
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-Stick the large socket down into the strut hat and fit it on the large nut that is holding the whole assembly together
-Attach the vise grips to the side of the large socket
-assemble 1/2 inch drive ratchet, extension and socket/apex drive.
-stick the 1/4 inch drive socket/apex bit/allen wrench down through the large socket and afix it to the strut shaft.
-hold the vice grips and turn the 1/4 inch drive ratchet. Note: you will be turning the ratchet the opposite direction, i.e. lefty tighty, righty loosy.


This is how i did my KW V1's in my garage, and how i've done a few BMW's with McPherson struts.

The rear is easier than the front. a big bolt on the bottom, and two bolts that bolt the strut into the body. take the whole assembly down, then remove the top mounts and re-assemble them on your clubsports.

You really don't need anything other than general tools to put coil-overs on a mini.
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Nice. I've never seen that technique.
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haha ive used that technique since 2006
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Cool...thanks guys....

I'll keep you posted....
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haha ive used that technique since 2006
I did too, but then I finally cracked after taking off the suspension for the millionth time and bought one of the socket wrenches that has a hole all the way through it. SO MUCH EASIER. Just put the socket in, put the allen in and turn. One of my favorite tools
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Old 08-20-2010, 05:24 PM
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What's the downside of an impact gun? Over tightening? That's what I have.
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Old 08-20-2010, 05:40 PM
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Once it's tightened, you may be spinning the strut shaft which can damage the strut internals.
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Old 08-20-2010, 06:39 PM
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apparently it's called a thru ratchet

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Old 08-20-2010, 06:54 PM
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Old 08-20-2010, 06:59 PM
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Yup, I picked mine up at lowes. I think I got the 21 piece. Comes with the ratchet, extension, and collections of both metric and standard.

Seems like good quality too. I've been using it non-stop since I got it and use it for my normal socket needs as well. Finish is still great and it's holding up just fine. Came on a cool carrying case type thing too.
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NICE! i'll have to grab that tool!

I have a socket and ratchet set from kobalt in that black finish. I bought it from lowes for a tool kit for my old 4runner. I use that thing all the time and almost 10 years later, it's taken appart more E30's than I can remember
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