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Old 05-07-2012, 01:00 AM   #1
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My new Megan Racing Coilovers...pic heavy :-)

(UPDATE 12/21/13 I can no longer recommend these coilovers. After approximately 5000 miles both rears blew out. I contacted Megan and they immediately accused me installing them wrong. I have been working on cars since I was 15 and have installed multiple sets of coilovers, I know what I'm doing. I eventually convinced Megan to replace the two rear coilovers and received them 8 weeks later. By that time I had already paid $300 to have mine rebuild and revalved.
This started out as a good experience with Megan and turned into a nightmare. Maybe I was just unlucky and Megan coilovers are fine. I'm updating the thread because I think it's the responsible thing to do, not to bash Megan.)

Ok guys I wanted something lower than my 1" drop springs could offer me so I decided to go to coilovers. I did my research on C5 and google and I found Megan Racing which is a local company here in SoCal. I couldn't find any bad reviews about them online and I found another C5 who has been running these for a while and he loves them. Megan Racing is huge in the import and drift scene. I spoke to them a couple times on the phone and they were very helpful and answered all my questions. They also told me that they fully stand behind their parts and basically said short of me driving my car off a cliff they would fully warranty these and they are 100% rebuildable.

This was pretty straight forward install, everything fit perfect and I had zero issues. I took my time and played with different ride heights until I found something I liked. My first driving impressions are very good, the ride is great and the car is noticeably more responsive. I love it! I could not be happier with these, this might be my best mod yet. Enjoy!

Here some pics as they came out of the box














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Old 05-07-2012, 01:23 AM   #2
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This is something I like to do when jacking up this car, it distributes the load a little and keeps the jack form bending stuff.


With my 1" drop springs I was at 28 3\4" in the front and 29 1\4" in the rear, I wanted another inch front and rear.




Before removing the front struts I marked this just to use as a reference, Ill still need and alignment but this will get me in the ballpark.


Once you get the strut off you'll need to remove the stock upper bushing. You need a spring compressor, a torx t-50 bit and a 15\16".


If you have '10 or newer you'll have to remove the foam insulator so the spring adapter will fit properly.


It should look like this when your done.


Now i played with the spring preload a little, basically what I did was set the the spring adjuster nut so that it just touched the spring right before compressing it. Then go about 5mm past that, which in my case set the spring at about 177mm.


Once the spring preload is set then you can set your ride height. This is were the experimenting comes in as it is up to you to decide what you like. I ended up with 5mm here, which gave me a 2" drop over stock in front.


Tighten everything up and reinstall.






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Old 05-07-2012, 01:44 AM   #3
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Once you get the rear struts off you'll again have to remove the factory upper bushing. Again you'll need the spring compressor and this time a torx T-40 and 18mm.


Same thing again with the spring preload, spring seat just touching then about 5mm past that.


Ok, this is an extra step I took just to insure the rear adjuster cables never came loose. This is not necessary but I think its a good idea. First I lightly tighten the adjuster cable on the knob, this gave me my drilling location.


Then I punched a small starting point using the mark the set screw left.


Then I used 3\32" drill and made a very small recess, just enough for the set screw to bite into.


Then just tighten it down


Next I drilled 2 1\2" holes in the trunk for the adjuster cables. I took a piece of hose, slit it down the middle and made grommets. Then, reinstalled the rears.

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Old 05-07-2012, 01:51 AM   #4
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I remeasured when I was done and finally decided this is the ride height I wanted. 28" front and 28 1\4" in the rear. I love the new stance!







Im really happy with my purchase, I think for the money this could be the best bang for the buck suspension mod you can do.

Let me know what you guys think!
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Old 05-07-2012, 02:37 AM   #5
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New wheels and wider tires to flush it! but it already looks nice!
Love the stance!
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Old 05-07-2012, 02:40 AM   #6
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Thanks! Wheels are next...vossen just released a new wheel. I can't wait!
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:23 AM   #7
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Nice pics man, this is the stance I want for my car

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Old 05-07-2012, 09:44 AM   #8
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Car looks great. I was going to buy these back in the day but couldnt find any reviews on them.
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Old 05-07-2012, 10:25 AM   #9
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Car looks great. I was going to buy these back in the day but couldnt find any reviews on them.
Thanks man. I couldn't find any either but what I did find was that they are identical to another popular brand on here. Just relabeled and sold for less.
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Old 05-07-2012, 10:41 AM   #10
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Dayum... you went a tad lower that I did...

Looks Awesome.

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Old 05-07-2012, 12:01 PM   #11
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Thanks for the writup! I've been waiting for this.
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Old 05-07-2012, 12:38 PM   #12
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Thanks for the writup! I've been waiting for this.
No problem!
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Old 05-07-2012, 06:04 PM   #13
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I have been looking at theses as well. I heard they were rebuildable but haven't seen any rebuild kits available. Hows the ride? bumps?
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Old 05-07-2012, 06:21 PM   #14
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Glad you like them. After about a month of driving (if its a DD) they will fully settle in. Meaning that they will be broken in and it will be a tad bit lower. Might need to adjust them again (higher) when that time comes. That goes for any coilovers or springs tho. You will love them and for the price, you cant beat them. They are exactly the same as the BCs.
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Old 05-07-2012, 06:30 PM   #15
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The ride is very good. Granted they have only been on the car for about 20 miles and everything is still settling in. However I drive down a street that would always give a little bounce with my lowering springs now is much smoother. I'm not sure about buying a rebuild kit, but I know Megan racing will rebuild them when the time comes. I know these will out last the factory struts anyway.
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Old 05-07-2012, 06:34 PM   #16
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Glad you like them. After about a month of driving (if its a DD) they will fully settle in. Meaning that they will be broken in and it will be a tad bit lower. Might need to adjust them again (higher) when that time comes. That goes for any coilovers or springs tho. You will love them and for the price, you cant beat them. They are exactly the same as the BCs.
Yea, I'm going to wait on getting the alignment till everything settles then readjust and go from there.
I love em and yes these are the BC coilovers just relabled. Best bang for the buck suspension mod hands down.
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:36 PM   #17
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is it just me or are the bearings upside down?


nm looks right must me by phone lol
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is it just me or are the bearings upside down?


nm looks right must me by phone lol
lol. Which bearings? The front strut bushing/bearing?
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for the foam insulater, i thought you dont have to remove it
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Oh ok, yea you have to remove it. I guess it was updated for for 10s and newer. Any coil over you install requires these to be removed. They just pop off with a screw driver.
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Old 05-07-2012, 10:22 PM   #21
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Thanks for the review and write-up. I saw these and was wondering if they were a good buy and I think I'm sold. For the price you can't beat it. PM sent for the dealer info!
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:14 PM   #22
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Oh ok, yea you have to remove it. I guess it was updated for for 10s and newer. Any coil over you install requires these to be removed. They just pop off with a screw driver.


Doh, I had mine on for the last 10k miles and didn't remove it....but then again I don't have any ill effects...hmmm....
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I followed this guide and they didn't remove it. What's the purpose of removing it?

http://www.planetlsx.com/tech/How_To..._Camaro_SS/143
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I remeasured when I was done and finally decided this is the ride height I wanted. 28" front and 28 1\4" in the rear. I love the new stance!







Im really happy with my purchase, I think for the money this could be the best bang for the buck suspension mod you can do.

Let me know what you guys think!
Thanks!
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Damm that thang is slammed!! broski!!

Hopefully I can do mine this year also.

But I'm aiming to go lower.
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Old 05-08-2012, 12:01 AM   #25
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I followed this guide and they didn't remove it. What's the purpose of removing it?

http://www.planetlsx.com/tech/How_To..._Camaro_SS/143
Then they did it wrong. Look here.

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=78792
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