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DIY Adjustable Coilovers Part 2 (final update)
Hey guys, been a while.. thought I'd just show off what happened to that coilover project of mine. Brief overview, nothing special. Part 1 is getting quite a few hits, thought I'd finally make a follow up of it...





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!





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!





Lowering Springs vs Coilovers -- Presented by Andy's Auto Sport
http://www.andysautosport.com/coilovers.html 1 (800) 419-1152 Andy's Auto Sport presents a video about the differences between lowering springs, coilover sleeve kits, and complete coilover systems, with examples of each for easy reference. Lowering springs, coilover sleeve kits, and coilovers are all great ways to improve the looks and performance of your vehicle, but be sure to buy exactly what you need depending on the type of driving you will do. 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/lowering_springs.html Please feel free to rank our video, share it, or embed it!





How To Install Raceland Honda Civic Coilovers
Learn how to install Raceland Honda civic coilovers. Questions? Call us @ 801-365-1440 or shoot us an e-mail to info@raceland.com. For more information on our Civic coilovers, visit http://goo.gl/UjoRYh





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 Coilover Kits
Simple, straight to the point and frikin easy guide on how to install coilover kits. Yup.





HSD Coilovers - High performance road and track coilover systems.
Available from European Distributors for a wide range of performance cars from www.trackculture.com and www.driftworks.com The HSD HR coilover is exactly what the performance tuning market has been crying out for. No longer do you have to accept an inferior/compromised product when spending less than £1000 on coilover suspension. The HSD HR has been specced by HSD Europe, for our roads, and tracks, with the knowledge and experience gained by HSD Europe using the now world famous Driftworks Control System Coilover made by HSD. HSD Coilovers use a very well respected and proven Monotube damper design combined with high quality hardware. This level of quality and performance is usually found on much more expensive suspension products. This is high end competition winning suspension available direct from the factory at affordable prices.





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: Super Clean Your Windshield
Check out our new updated "express" version of this video: "HOW TO SUPER CLEAN YOUR WINDSHIELD... SUPER FAST!" http://youtu.be/gXS4pegAnN4 We found Rain-X, Invisible Glass and 0000 steel wool on Amazon.com. Click here to find Rain-X: http://tinyurl.com/n2st8rb Click here to find Invisible Glass: http://tinyurl.com/kws3yrh Click here to find steel wool: http://tinyurl.com/qjxyzn9 We demonstrate how to make the windshield of your RV or car cleaner and clearer. We'll show you how to improve the clarity of the glass and improve visibility. ------------------------------------------------------ UPDATE: A viewer wrote to say that he experienced some areas of scratching after trying this. I've never heard of it scratching before, so I just did a little Googling, and while there seem to be some people who question using steel wool, others swear by it. Some also think you should never us a razor blade on glass, and others do it all the time. One suggestion was to use wet steel wool (of course it will then rust, so pitch it afterwards). Another mentioned buying something called "Poli-Flex Rubberized Clayblock" for cleaning. Although I cannot guarantee that scratching is impossible, many people who've tried steel wool since seeing this video have been thrilled with the results. Either way, proceed slowly and with caution and at your own risk. ------------------------------------------------------ After a little time goes by, every windshield gets a little hazy. That goes double for autos that are towed right behind a large motorhome. Using our toad (towed car), we show you how to use fine steel wool, Rain-X and Invisible Glass to make your view just a little bit clearer. Although our car's windshield has a lot of little nicks from over 9 years of being towed around North America, we still want to keep it as clear as possible. Regular washing can't remove the fine dirt that gets into the pores of the glass, so we use a little detailer's trick that we learned years ago: 0000 steel wool. While you'd expect that steel wool would scratch the glass, it's exactly the opposite. Just like furniture makers use extra-fine steel wool to rub out the surface of the wood after each coat of stain, it polishes glass the same way. Everybody we've told about this little detailing trick seemed really surprised that steel wool does not scratch glass. NOTE: We mention using fine 0000 steel wool in this video. It is EXTREMELY FLAMMABLE, and care should be used in storing and using it. To see our video demonstrating how to start a fire using only steel wool and a 9-volt battery, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjYecQeQ7_A The intro music is my own piano performance of Scott Joplin's Maple Leaf Rag from 1899. ************************************************************** DO YOUR RV SLIDE TOPPERS NEED REPLACING? Tough Top Awnings are thicker and stronger than OEM fabric and cost far less too! Get higher-quality fabric and save at least half the cost by replacing your slide toppers yourself. Watch RVgeeks' Slide Topper Installation Video to see how easy it is - http://youtu.be/7EXgaoRNkYg - and visit http://www.toughtopawnings.com for complete details. Be sure to tell Ray (the owner) "RVgeeks sent me!" ************************************************************** RV Geeks offers basic DIY (do it yourself) RV service, repair, maintenance and travel tips from full-time RVers who have been handling most of their own maintenance since hitting the road in 2003. Be sure to confirm that all methods and materials used are compatible with your particular recreational vehicle. Every type of motorhome, motorcoach, fifth wheel, travel trailer, bus conversion, camper and toy hauler is different, so your systems may not be the same as ours. RVgeeks is proud to be affiliated with RVtravel.com. http://www.rvtravel.com While we're not RV technicians, we're very mechanically inclined and have learned a lot about RV systems over the years. We handle most of our own minor service, maintenance and repair work on our 2005 43' Newmar Mountain Aire diesel pusher. We also maintained our 2002 39' Fleetwood Bounder Diesel during our first two years on the road. We meet lots of newer RVers who are eager to learn some basics about maintaining and caring for their rigs. After more than 10 years on the road, we want to share what we've learned (some of it the hard way). ;-) We hope our experiences can help other RVers go DIY, saving some time, money and effort, while experiencing the satisfaction of a job well done. We do not pretend to be experts on any particular RV topic, and mostly know about maintaining our own rig. But lots of things are the same on RVs in general, and diesel pushers in particular. Comments welcome! Thanks for watching!





How To, AE86 coilover conversion part 2
Second part of my coilover conversion on an AE86





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 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!





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.





How to Turbo - Part 1
After buying a Euro car last episode, Marty discovers he has not yet found his perfect vehicle... In this extended episode, we reveal what he got, and show how to make it faster. Wanna show the world that you fix your own shizzle? MCM stickers, ti shirts and other mad shizuoika available here: http://www.mightycarmods.com/collections/all Official Site: http://www.mightycarmods.com Forum: http://forums.mightycarmods.com Music from the episode is available here: http://www.mightycarmods.com/collections/music (Forced Induction by MOOG was featured in this episode) Also something to note around Mighty Car Mods: we are normal guys and are not trained mechanics. We like to make interesting car mods and show you how we've gone about it, but we can't promise that anything we show you will work for your particular car, or that you won't harm yourself, someone else, your car or your warranty doing it. Please be safe, be responsible and unless you know what you're doing, do not fool around with very serious machinery just because you've seen us make it look so easy. Talk to a qualified mechanic if you are in any doubt.





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