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Old 10-12-2013, 11:42 AM   #1
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Need: DIY for shocks and struts

As the parts for my vert come rolling in, I have been looking for a DIY for the shocks and struts for the vert. I have found many for a sedan, coupe, and even a few for a wagon. If someone could link me to a DIY or tell me where I can find one that would be great.
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Old 10-12-2013, 12:50 PM   #2
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Re: Need: DIY for shocks and struts

Same as a coupe except access to the RSM is via the convertible storage area instead of the trunk. Search for RSM and convertible if you cannot figure it out.

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Great! Already read up on that info so if that is the only difference, then I'm game. Thanks for the help.
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Re: Need: DIY for shocks and struts

Yea like the last user said if you fully open the top and slowly close it there will be a point were the strut screws are easily accessible

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Some DIYs say that you can use a regular re-inforced RSM and to remove the black baggie thing in order to insert it, but that's not the case. Rogue makes a Convertible RSM (which is basically the other one but sawed off) and you can wiggle that in via the holes exposed when you pop the two grey rubber plugs out.

Definitely worth doing the reinforced RSMs. Not sure what stock ones are like anymore at this point, but the better ones are nice and also allow unscrewing access from below, so basically access from up top is hardly ever even necessary.
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Some DIYs say that you can use a regular re-inforced RSM and to remove the black baggie thing in order to insert it, but that's not the case. Rogue makes a Convertible RSM (which is basically the other one but sawed off) and you can wiggle that in via the holes exposed when you pop the two grey rubber plugs out.

Definitely worth doing the reinforced RSMs. Not sure what stock ones are like anymore at this point, but the better ones are nice and also allow unscrewing access from below, so basically access from up top is hardly ever even necessary.
Also ECS makes convertible reinforcement plates. The RSM is the same as stock (I figured they lasted this long, may as well get the same ones) and it also slips through the hole to mount.
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Also ECS makes convertible reinforcement plates. The RSM is the same as stock (I figured they lasted this long, may as well get the same ones) and it also slips through the hole to mount.
I purchased the ECS coilover/cupkit install kit for convertibles with all the bells and whistles.

Next week my springs should be coming in. I'll be doing Koni Yellows with H&R Race springs.

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