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Old 08-20-2010, 08:46 PM
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Whats the size of the socket? Isn't it something weird like 21mm?

Sears has a Gearwrench pass-thru set and I have a gift card The biggest socket in this set is 19mm.
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Old 08-21-2010, 02:09 AM
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Why can't you use the spacer piece? Diameter? You could easily source another spacer piece.
woops just saw this... yea diameter. I just torqued the rear nut on (12 threads showing on strut shaft).... and silence

Now if the front wouold stop creaking.... sounds like theyre blown, but shouldnt be lol.

I think its just the springs, which may just be since theyre pretty low, but not maxxed out
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Old 09-14-2010, 07:58 PM
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I found a set of Ksport coilovers for $700 shipped they are brand new. Is a deal that I should not pass up on?

Now I am wondering if that is a good buy or should I save a couple hundred more dollars for a more performance minded set-up? Such as KW v2 or a similar set of coils?

My mini is used as a daily driver, and a canyon carver. I am planning on getting into autocrossing next summer as well. Stance is also important to me but I am more interested in performance than stance. So would these coilovers fit my needs?

Any and all opinions would be appriciated

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Old 09-14-2010, 08:11 PM
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they'll work fine
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Old 09-14-2010, 08:44 PM
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they'll work fine
This is part of the "JUST DO IT!!" attitude that was demonstrated earlier in the thread ...

However I like the OP like to do my research and was just looking for opinions


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Old 09-14-2010, 09:21 PM
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However I like the OP like to do my research and was just looking for opinions
It sounds more like a personal opinion situation though.

Do you want to succumb to waiting and buy them now or do you want to save up more and get something that you feel is better?

Some people will just buy now and enjoy what they get. Other people want other struts, so they wait longer to get them.

We can't really help with that sort of decision.

If I were you and I was planning to autocross, I'd look at BC's. Better damping than ksports, but still come with camber plates. Either that or KW's v2's+ camber plates. Ksports aren't a performance coilover.
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Old 09-14-2010, 09:28 PM
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i'll elaborate...

daily driving + canyon carving + occasional autox = mild to intermediate coilover setup
mild being just height adjustable, intermediate being rebound and/or dampening adjustment

competitive autox or track car = advanced setup
see ohins, leda's, kw v3

my opinion: put them on. for you there are multiple criteria that must be met: quiet, comfortable, maybe adjustable. good for daily, canyons and autox. autox will be the time for you to really push the limits of these coils and see what they do at their respective adjustable settings in a safe environment. or there's always the local empty parking lot at 3am

also if you want to get the most out of your setup you should seek coils that come with camber plates or budget them into your suspension. lots of options out there for aftermarket plates: Ireland, hsport, vorschlag, kmac, spc
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Old 09-15-2010, 02:22 AM
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Well if the oppertunity to get them for that price is still availible I will be picking these up. Thanks for them help guys and I will probably only autocross maybe 3 time a summer so it's not a huge deal to me.

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Ok so I made the plunge and bought the following:

KW v1's
Alta 19mm rear sway bar.
I will be running 17inch wheels with either 205/40 tires or 215/40 tires.

Any need for Camber plates, rear control arms and endlinks, or are the coilovers and sway bar good enough?
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Old 12-20-2010, 02:01 PM
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Any need for Camber plates, rear control arms and endlinks, or are the coilovers and sway bar good enough?
No "need". Maybe down the road they'd make good upgrades. No reason you HAVE to buy them now. The sway and coilovers should make a big difference alone.
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Old 12-20-2010, 03:09 PM
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If you have the funds for lower rear control arms and plan on dropping more than an inch get them. A rear camber adjustment before the tire wear sets in will save money down the road. You have some mileage to go before you get bad cupping though (we got over 2000 miles before we had noticeable cupping after lowering Noreens car on springs)
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Bringing this back to life....

Just purchased some used vmaxx coils that aren't coming with the front end links. I'm only planning on lowering about an inch for now, will I be able to keep my front sway bar attached to the oem endlinks or will I have to disconnect my front bar? I'd rather be able to keep my front sway attached not that there would be any problems with running with out it.

This is on a r53

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it'll connect but it won't be in the optimal position.

supposed to be parallel to the ground, with the stock end links and the lower set up it'll be a little off, maybe an inch or 2. ok to run until you get some adjustable end links.
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Old 06-25-2012, 01:27 PM
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So essentially I am preloading the sway bar? What effect will that have on handling?
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Old 06-25-2012, 04:48 PM
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I doubt you'll even notice the difference in your day to day driving
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