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Old 03-31-2011, 10:10 AM   #1251
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Got the rears done last night. Just ran out of time. Got tired.

Taking the morning off to do the fronts.
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Old 03-31-2011, 10:13 AM   #1252
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I'm kinda stuck.

They want me to compress the spring by 3mm on the lower spring seat, but I don't know from where? I can loosen the top and take that 3mm off. The top is not all the way tight yet anyway. When I tighten the top, it will compress the spring a lot further anyway. So I guess I just make them the same on each side and try it?

The rears were already at a certain ride height. The fronts apperently are not.
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Old 03-31-2011, 11:10 AM   #1253
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You want to put the front strut together. Set the top where it needs to go - tighten it up, and back off the bottom so the spring is loose.

After the top is assembled and tight, snug up the bottom spring location by hand.

Measure the spring from top perch to bottom.

Use the spanner wrenches supplied with the kit to snug up the rings at the bottom to compress the spring and provide the recommended preload on the spring.

The lower locking ring is to adjust ride height.

I used a picture of a supercar, but the XA's are adjusted the same way.

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Old 03-31-2011, 11:26 AM   #1254
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I just got off the phone with Randy. He's concerned because there is very little room between the ride height lock nut and the spring seat lock nut when the spring is snug without any preload...

I'm not sure if XA's shock body is shorter than the supercars? he did say both XA fronts are set to exactly the same ride height out of the box....

he's gonna install them the way they are and see if its too low.
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Old 03-31-2011, 11:29 AM   #1255
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Old 03-31-2011, 11:55 AM   #1256
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Hey I didn't tell him how to fix it.... In fact I told him the tire and the fender are supposed to touch .... it helps prevent body roll...

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Old 03-31-2011, 11:57 AM   #1257
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Old 03-31-2011, 11:57 AM   #1258
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Hey I didn't tell him how to fix it.... In fact I told him the tire and the fender are supposed to touch .... it helps prevent body roll...

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Old 03-31-2011, 12:06 PM   #1259
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I just got off the phone with Randy. He's concerned because there is very little room between the ride height lock nut and the spring seat lock nut when the spring is snug without any preload...

I'm not sure if XA's shock body is shorter than the supercars? he did say both XA fronts are set to exactly the same ride height out of the box....

he's gonna install them the way they are and see if its too low.
Maybe... but once you put the preload in, there will be room, as the bottom spring perch moves up.


He still hasn't set the ride height either, which may give more clearance between the rings.
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Old 03-31-2011, 12:09 PM   #1260
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Poor Randy...can anything ever be easy for you?

I feel like we should change your thread title to Days of PQ...so much drama!

Good luck getting everything together.
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Old 03-31-2011, 12:18 PM   #1261
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Poor Randy...can anything ever be easy for you?

I feel like we should change your thread title to Days of PQ...so much drama!

Good luck getting everything together.
LOL

actually the confusion is from us wanting to skip the step of setting the ride height if we don't have to.

So he made the decision to install them the way they are since he really want' his car low.

if it's too low he'll remove em and set the ride height a little higher.
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Old 03-31-2011, 12:45 PM   #1262
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Old 03-31-2011, 02:26 PM   #1263
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Its easier to LOWER the car once they are on, VS trying to raise it.

Damn dont have any of my install specs when I did my XA's...All at home somewhere...But, looking at the picture above, there should be about the same about of space between the height adjustment ring and the lower lock ring for a 1-1.5 inch drop. Ball park...

I'll look for my specs when I get home.

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Old 03-31-2011, 02:38 PM   #1264
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All iPhone pics so I didn't take much to choose from. This is every pic I took. I decided not to really document it since GTAHVIT already did.

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Old 03-31-2011, 02:40 PM   #1265
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Nice! very very nice.

Damn that thing is slammed...
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Old 03-31-2011, 02:41 PM   #1266
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All iPhone pics so I didn't take much to choose from. This is every pic I took. I decided not to really document it since GTAHVIT already did.
And I don't see any blood, so that's a plus!
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Old 03-31-2011, 03:01 PM   #1267
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Hey I didn't tell him how to fix it.... In fact I told him the tire and the fender are supposed to touch .... it helps prevent body roll...

Didn't work smarty.

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Maybe... but once you put the preload in, there will be room, as the bottom spring perch moves up.


He still hasn't set the ride height either, which may give more clearance between the rings.
My confusion was that the spring, even with the bottom perch rings all the way down against the ride height ring, gave the spring tension. Right now, as we speak, I hammered the lock washer to the bottom perch and left very little space. I basically had to end up with more that what would be 3 to 5mm worth of compression. So I could have some space at the bottom. It worked out.

What spurred the confusion was I was supposed to screw the retainer nut down finger tight and I was getting compression in the spring doing it finger tight. Wasn't sure at that point if I was supposed to bottom the nut out (which you do) or just finger it till you get spring compression.

Once I knew wht the deal was, I just took the chance on the ride height and measured both spring perch gaps for each side and made sure they were equal. Did the same for the rear.

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Poor Randy...can anything ever be easy for you?

I feel like we should change your thread title to Days of PQ...so much drama!

Good luck getting everything together.
Piece-a-cake..........
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Old 03-31-2011, 05:25 PM   #1268
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Is it lower now than it was? Sure looks good!
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Old 03-31-2011, 08:39 PM   #1269
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Is it lower now than it was? Sure looks good!
I'm an idiot........... I didn't measure it before.

But, yes. It's lower in the front by about half inch and in the rear probably 3/4.
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Old 03-31-2011, 09:00 PM   #1270
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I'm an idiot........... I didn't measure it before.

But, yes. It's lower in the front by about half inch and in the rear probably 3/4.
Are you keeping the 22's, or going with something a little more performance oriented, when your wallet recovers?
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Old 03-31-2011, 09:09 PM   #1271
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Are you keeping the 22's, or going with something a little more performance oriented, when your wallet recovers?
I'll keep the anchors for now. May just buy some wheels for DRs on the back and keep them for track days.
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Old 03-31-2011, 09:23 PM   #1272
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Actually maybe only half inch back quarter inch front.

Here are some I took earlier today.

STIFF STIFF STIFF.............. I love the ride.

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And here's one just for you Chris......... I did it......

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How bout my collection I'm starting. LOL

The stock Sway bars, air box, window cleaner reserviore, headers, exhaust, mufflers, wheels, and a few other items are long gone already. Sheesh, won't be much left of my original car at this rate.

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I sold my intake manifold for a good buck. You might want to list that in the members classifieds section. Those Pfadt springs will get a you a couple hundred too.

Your car looks GREAT on the Pedders! Congrats!
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Old 03-31-2011, 09:28 PM   #1274
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Beautiful!!!


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Wow, that is looking really m...e...a...n....


But this is the look you really want:


Some serious ride height there. Great for Auto-X...
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