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Old 02-21-2013, 11:32 AM   #1
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Coilover question

I'm in the middle of replacing all of my u-joints and cleaning up/painting/powder coating the rear suspension. While I was working on it I started thinking about how I would mount coilovers. I've looked at several different ways to do it. One way I've seen is mounting the coilovers on the back side of the trailing arm. From the picture below it looks like I can make a bracket the would just bolt to the back of the trailing arm. It looks like this person made their own rear cross member to mount the top. I was thinking I could mount the top of the shock on the original cross member next to the big cross member bushing/pad but that would put the shock an angle. To get rid of the angle I would have to move the shock closer to the differential. The only way I could think of doing that is to mount a bar that goes from the differential down to a bracket and mount the shock to the bar. I was thinking I could get a shorter shock and move it in toward the differential. Here is what I was thinking in Picture #2 and mounting the bottom of the shock to the bar(picture of the bottom of the shock). Any comments or concerns I need to worry about? Thanks !





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That guy's planning on sitting along side the road in the future.

That's one wimpy bracket. Not to mention how/where it's mounted to the arm.
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I'm taking care of my procrastination issues, just you wait and see.
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Vansteel sells a kit. Have a look at it.
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Vansteel sells a kit. Have a look at it.


Go ahead and have Vansteel rebuild your trailing arms- lifetime warranty...and just bolt it in -and just a small bit of welding in an additional support on the frame.

I know...the second pic- coils were bottomed out for instal- halfshafts are not suppose to point up...

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Richard, what is your spring rate and have you ever had wheel hop?
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Richard, what is your spring rate and have you ever had wheel hop?
Unfortunately the closest to wheel hop my car has seen is when I let it down off the jack. Still a work in progress...

I'm just running the 'small block" spring set-up- Vansteel doesn't list the rate on their website.

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Go ahead and have Vansteel rebuild your trailing arms- lifetime warranty...and just bolt it in -and just a small bit of welding in an additional support on the frame.

I know...the second pic- coils were bottomed out for instal- halfshafts are not suppose to point up...

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Thanks Richard. It looks like a very nice setup but I think I'm going to try to fabricate something myself. I really like your half shafts. I've never seen carbon-fiber half-shafts did you have those custom made?
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You are welcome!!!

Vansteel use to make them-they were like $1K for the pair!!!

HOWEVER- mine are just stock PAINTED to look like carbonfiber!!!

Here's a video on how to do it-

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