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DIY Adjustable Coilovers Part 2 (final update)
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BMW E30 Strut Housing Shortening Tutorial + Ground Control Coilover Build
This is a video tutorial on how to properly shorten your E30 front strut housings to allow use of a shorter shock and how to assemble the Ground Control Coilover Conversion kit once the housings are shortened. The work was performed on my 1991 BMW 318is and my setup is as follows: - Ground Control Coilover Conversion Kit - spring rates: 440f/650r - Bilstein HD front shock inserts for a 325ix model E30 - 82-02 Camaro KYB Gas-A-Just shock for the rear (not mentioned in video) This video is just a general outline, your process may vary a bit depending on what tools, parts or coilover setup you use. *Work at your own risk. I am not responsible for any injuries or damaged parts/tools if you decide to follow my tutorial, I am simply providing some helpful tips.* Text from the video: Step 1: Begin by removing both front strut assemblies (not every step is shown in this video) Step 2: Once the strut assembly is out, remove the original top hats, springs and strut inserts. Use a spring compressor to perform this. Work at your own risk. Step 3: Once everything is removed and the strut housing is bare, the next step is to remove the original spring perch. Use your own preferred method to do this. In my case, I used an angle grinder and cutoff wheel. Cut around the top of the weld where the spring perch is welded to the strut housing. Step 4: Now it is time to cut the strut housing. Again, use your own preferred method to do so, just make sure the cut is straight and perfectly perpendicular to the strut tube to ensure that it doesn't have any slight bends or angles when everything is welded up. Otherwise, camber will be affected and the strut insert will not slide into the strut housing. Step 5: Start your first cut just under the weld from the original spring perch. I used a band saw. I made sure everything was level and perpendicular and made my first cut. Step 6: Now that the strut housing is cut into two pieces, it is time to make the second cut. This cut will determine how much you are shortening the strut housing by. Measure from where you just cut towards the top of the housing (threaded section). It is recommended to not cut any more than 2". Make sure you do not cut into the threaded section of the housing. I cut out 2". Note: The next clip shows what your strut housing should look like before and after making both cuts. I accidentally have the middle section flipped, which could cause confusion. This is the section that will be thrown away anyways. Step 7: Now you are ready to weld. Prepare the end areas for welding and use welding magnets to keep everything perfectly positioned. Keep a small gap between the ends for the new metal to fill. The size of the gap should be the same size as the thickness of the metal of the strut housing. Step 8: I would recommend MIG or TIG welding. When MIG welding, incorporate sheilding gas rather than using flux core wire. This will yeild much cleaner welds and better control. If you are ill-equipped or not comfortable with welding, have a professional weld everything up for you. Start off with a few tack welds and then weld the rest together all the way around. Step 8: Once everything is welded up, grind the welds down so they are flush with the rest of the strut housing. I recommend using an angle grinder with flap disk. Step 9: Now it is time to weld on the supplied adjuster perch. Use the threaded spring adjuster sleeve as a guide. Situate it so that the top of the adjuster sleeve is flush with the top of the strut housing as it sits on the perch. Make sure the flat area of the new perch is facing out towards the wheel. Start off by making a few tack welds and then weld the rest. Only weld on the bottom of the perch. Step 10: This is how the strut housings should look once complete. Prep and paint to desired color. Do not leave any bare metal unpainted, it will rust over time. Step 11: Once painted, you are ready to assemble the coilovers. Start off by putting two supplied O-ring's around the top of the strut housing to ensure a snug fit for the adjuster sleeve. Leave roughly a 1" gap between O-ring's. Install threaded adjuster sleeve. Step 12: The next step depends on how much you shortened your housings by and your strut insert choice. You want to be able to tighten the insert down snugly with the collar nut. In my case, I had to make a 1.25" spacer out of metal tubing to achieve this. Step 13: Once the strut insert is in place, install the collar nut and tighten it down. You will either need to buy or make a tool to tighten it. Step 14: Install the spring adjuster followed by the spring itself. Step 15: After the spring is in place, install the supplied top spring plate followed by the original top hat (or whichever top hat you decide to run). Step 16: Double check to make sure everything is tightened to spec. Now your new coilovers are complete and ready to install!





DIY: How To Adjust Coilovers
No Copyright Infringement Intended. "Shooting Stars (Instrumental)" by Bag Raiders Self Explanatory. This is a do it yourself video on coilover height adjustment on a 2008-2012 Honda Accord. Check the coupes and sedans of the 8th generation Honda Accords at My8thGen.com!





How To Install Raceland Honda Civic Coilovers
Front: 1. To begin, remove the lugs bolts and front rim from the vehicle. 2. Once the wheel has been removed, remove the single bolt that pinches the strut to the front strut fork. 3. To allow for more movement when removing the strut, remove the nut and bolt holding the strut fork to the lower control arm. 4. Depending on your model, it may be necessary to remove a front strut tower bar to allow access to the strut's top mount hardware. If your vehicle does have a strut bar, unclip any wiring connected to the bar and remove the two nuts from each side to remove the bar. 5. You can now unbolt the two nuts holding the strut's top mount to the shock tower. This will free the shock and it can be removed from the vehicle. 6. The OEM upper strut mount will get reused with the Raceland coilover. Using spring compressors, remove the top nut from the shock to free the mount from the strut. 7. Once the mount is removed, you will need to remove the rubber insulator that is fixed to the mount as it will not be used with the coilover kit. 8. To install the mount to the Raceland coilover you will want to ensure that the supplied Raceland spacer sleeve is installed on the shock. The order of parts will then go: OEM washer, lower OEM bushing with spacer sleeve, upper strut mounting plate, top OEM bushing, the OEM washer, and then the supplied Raceland nut. 9. Tighten the nut to secure the top mount to the coilover spring. 10. You are now ready to install the coilover onto the vehicle. Align the top mount studs into place in the shock tower and reinstall the two top nuts. 11. If you uninstalled a strut tower bar, you can now reinstall by bolting the ends and clipping any wiring that was removed from the bar. 12. For ease of installation, you will bolt the strut fork to the shock body first. Lift the strut fork into place, make sure the strut is fully seated, and retighten the bolt. 13. You can now lift the hub into place and reinstall the lower nut and bolt that hold the strut fork to the lower control arm. 14. The front wheel can now be reinstalled as installation for this corner is complete. Rear: 1. For the rear installation, start by removing the lug bolts and wheel from the vehicle. 2. Next, you will need to detach the upper control arm from the hub by removing the single bolt holding the two together. 3. Once removed, detach the shock from the lower control arm by removing the nut and bolt. 4. In the trunk, the carpet will need to be peeled back in order to access the upper strut mount's hardware. Remove the two nuts holding the top of the strut to the shock tower and the strut will be free to be removed from the vehicle. 5. Using spring compressors, remove the top nut to free the rear mount from the OEM spring. 6. The installation of the rear top mount onto the Raceland coilover will be identical to the front. The order of the components will be: OEM lower washer, the rubber bushing and sleeve, top mount with rubber removed, upper rubber bushing and upper OEM washer. You can then bolt the components down with the supplied Raceland nut. 7. You can now start the installation of the rear coilover. Start but lining the top mount into position in the shock tower so that the top mount's studs align into the mounting holes. 8. Reinstall the two nuts that hold the top of the coilover to the body of the vehicle and you can now place the trunk carpet back into place. 9. Once the top of the coilover is bolted to the vehicle, you can lift the hub to align the lower mount with the lower control arm. Slide the bolt through and tighten the nut on the other side. 10. In order to mount the hub to the upper control arm, push the top of the rotor so that the upper control arm bushing sits between the bracket on the hub. Slide the bolt through and tighten. 11. You can now install the rear wheel and this side's installation is now complete.





rear coilover sleeve and hockey tape (for civic) part 2
Part 1 Front Shock is here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1W9R13KiDM4 Installing a adjustable coilover sleeve on a Bilstein rear shock for a honda civic...I use Hockey Tape , it really is the best tape as it doesn't fall apart with water and dirt like Duct tape or electrical will Yes i know that ground control sleeve has a inside groove to sit on the clip.





How To Install Coilover Kits
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When Low End Coilovers Go Wrong
Upgrade your coilovers with us! http://goo.gl/RpxIXT You get what you pay for, and when it comes to suspension, you don't want to be sorry. From stock replacement parts to high-performance aftermarket accessories, Andy's Auto Sport has what you need to get the looks and power your vehicle deserves. Source: http://www.andysautosport.com http://www.andysautosporttv.com Contact Us 1(800) 419 1152 or by email info@andysautosport.com Please feel free to rank our video, share it, or embed it!





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How does a Bilstein Shock Absorber work?
Ever wonder how a Bilstein works? In this classic video from our archives, Director of Marketing Kevin O'Keefe clearly explains the construction and performance advantages of our monotube design. Join us at http://www.facebook.com/bilsteinUS to stay up-to-date with our latest racing and product news!





Coilovers - Explained
What are coilovers? How do coilovers work? Coilovers are a common performance upgrade for car suspensions. Coilovers can allow for lowering a vehicle, and also can reduce body roll with stiffer springs. A coilover gets its name from simply a coil spring over a shock absorber. The coilovers used in the video are Yonaka Motorsports coilovers for a 94-01 Acura Integra. Product Link: Yonaka Coilovers - http://www.yonaka.com/Suspension_Acura_Integra_Coilovers_94_01_DC_p/ymtc005 .htm Related Videos: Suspensions - http://youtu.be/jOiOO7qloXQ Please feel free to rate, comment, and subscribe! And don't forget to check out my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/engineeringexplained Also check out my official website: Make suggestions, participate in forums, learn through logically ordered lessons, read FAQs, and plan your future! http://www.howdoesacarwork.com Now on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jasonfenske13 NEW VIDEO EVERY WEDNESDAY!





How To Install Raceland VW MK4 Coilovers
Volkswagen MK4 Installation Video Front: 1. To begin, remove the lugs bolts and front rim from the vehicle. 2. Once the wheel is off, detach any sensors or brake lines that are attached to the shock body. Simply pull the rubber grommets away from the shock to remove. 3. You will now remove the nut and bolt that holds the lower portion of the shock into the vehicle's pinch mount. Discard this nut and bolt once removed as this bolt is a stretch bolt from the factory and you will need to replace these items with new OEM units when reinstalling. 4. In order for the OEM strut to slide out of the pinch mount, use the Raceland strut spreader tool on the back side of the pinch mount. Place the tool vertically in the mount's opening, place a wrench on the end of the tool, and twist to open the mount. This will spread the mount far enough to allow the strut to slip loose. 5. Now, under the hood, remove the upper shock piston nut that holds the shock to the silver top hat. The strut will become free once this nut is removed and you're now able to pull the shock out of the wheel well. 6. Using spring compressors, remove the spring tension on the OEM top mount. Remove the nut that holds the OEM bushing and bearing to the shock. 7. Once you have the OEM suspension taken apart, you will reuse several pieces to install the Raceland coilover. The order of these items are: the Raceland coned top hat, the OEM bearing, the OEM rubber bushing, and then the OEM slim bushing nut. You will now tighten these items down completely to the coilover. 8. You will now place this unit into the wheel well and up into the shock tower. Again under the hood, you will place the OEM silver top hat over the threading for the shock and tighten the supplied Raceland bolt onto the coilover. 9. Using the same technique as before, use the Raceland strut spreader tool to open the pinch mount and lift the vehicle's hub into position onto the bottom of the coilover. Remove the tool from the backside of the mount once the shock is fully seated into the mount. 10. Install the new OEM stretch bolt and nut into the hub and tighten this nut to 45 ft/lbs. It will be very important to ensure this nut and bolt is tightened to spec to avoid any slipping from the strut when driving. 11. Re-clip any sensors that were detached from the shock body and reinstall the front wheel. Rear: 1. Now moving to the rear, remove the lug bolts and rim from the vehicle. 2. Remove the nut and bolt holding the rear shock lower bushing to the mount. The vehicle shown in the video is equipped with an aftermarket sway bar. Your vehicle may or may not have this item yet removal of the lower shock bolt will remain the same. 3. Now in the wheel well locate the rear shock's upper mount. Remove the two bolts holding the upper portion of the shock to the shock tower. You will now be able to completely remove the shock from the vehicle. 4. With the shock completely removed you are now able to pull down on the vehicle's hub to relieve tension the spring. While doing so pull the rear spring down and out to remove. 5. With the black plastic cap removed from the top of the rear shock, remove the upper piston bolt. This will allow you to completely remove the rear upper mount from your OEM suspension to be reused with the Raceland shock. 6. You'll now install your OEM mount onto the new shock. The OEM dust boot and dust cover will be reused with the new shock. The order to install these items will be: the OEM dust cover and dust boot, the top mount washer supplied with the coilover kit, the OEM top mount, upper washer, and then the new coilover bolt. Tighten this bolt down completely to the shock. 7. The Raceland spring perch will be installed onto the lower spring seat. The perch will be placed on the top side of the seat while the washer and bolt will be installed on the underside to hold the perch in place. Tighten this bolt until the perch is centered and secure. 8. With the shock fully assembled, line the OEM rear shock mount into its correct position in the rear shock tower. Reinstall the two mounting bolts that hold the shock mount to the body of the vehicle. 9. Now that the shock and spring perch are bolted to the vehicle, you'll install the spring and reinstall the lower shock bolt. It may be helpful to have another set of hands available for this step. Place the spring on the spring perch and lift up on the hub of the vehicle ensuring that the top of the spring lines up with the top spring seat and that the lower shock bushing is sliding into its mount. Once the shock bushing is lined up, slide the bolt through the mount and reinstall the nut. 10. The coilover setup for this side will now be complete and the rear wheel can be reinstalled.





Coilovers -- How to Install -- Presented by Andy's Auto Sport
http://www.AndysAutoSport.com/coilovers.html 1 (800) 419-1152 Andy's Auto Sport shows you the general steps involved in installing a set of coilovers in a typical vehicle, in this case our project 1995 Acura Integra. Although it may seem like a difficult task at first glance, installing coilovers is a relatively simply process that usually only takes no more than a couple of hours. Andy's Auto Sport has what you need to get the looks and power your vehicle deserves. Source: http://www.andysautosport.com/coilovers.html Please feel free to rank our video, share it, or embed it!





Lowering Springs - Presented by Andy's Auto Sport
http://www.andysautosport.com/lowering_springs.html http://www.andysautosport.com/shopbybrand/hotchkis.html 1 (800) 419-1152 On this episode of Andy's Auto Sport TV, we show you how to improve the handling of your car by adding some lowering springs to our project firebird. Not only do these hotchkis springs improve the handling, but they also look awesome by closing up that wheel gap. From stock replacement parts to high-performance aftermarket accessories, Andy's Auto Sport has what you need to get the looks and power your vehicle deserves. Source: http://www.andysautosport.com http://www.andysautosporttv.com Please feel free to rank our video, share it, or embed it!





Saturn ION Pedders Xa Coilover Install.f4v
Alan's autocross Saturn ION gets a set of Pedders Xa coilovers installed DIY style in a driveway. This video serves as a Do-It-Yourself guide. After watching this video if you are not confident you can do the install on your own, don't do it without the assistance of a more experienced DIY mechanic or take your car to a Pedders shop. Overall, it is not a complex install. If you have changed struts on a car you should be able to handle this porject.





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