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Old 10-22-2013, 08:56 AM   #1
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So I had a shop install koni fsd and eibach springs. There is no way the front springs were installed correctly as it is sitting very high In the front. I tried explaining this to them but they don't know what they did wrong. Is there anyway I can describe what they did wrong correctly so they can fix it? Will attach pics later. I can fit 4 fingers between the fender and tire...very frustrating


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Old 10-22-2013, 09:47 AM   #2
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Tell them it's likely the strut is not fully seated in the bottom clamp. Turn the wheel and take a picture and we can tell you if it's fully seated.
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:04 AM   #3
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These have to drop lower...compared to other pics I feel like mine is just too high. Here are some pics. ThanksClick image for larger version

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Old 10-22-2013, 10:04 AM   #4
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Literally my "worn and sagging" sport springs were lower...


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Old 10-22-2013, 10:45 AM   #5
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Check that the "peg" on the strut housing is correctly oriented in the "crevice" by the pinch bolt. This lets the shock sit down at the proper height. Also looks like the spring is not oriented correctly on the perch, but hard to tell from the photos.
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Old 10-22-2013, 11:30 AM   #6
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Seems to be sitting down in the mount all the way. Is there a diagram I can show them to have the spring seat correctly? The bottom of the spring is like oval so I don't know how it could be off as it kinda fits one way, is the top what could be off? Thanks


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Old 10-22-2013, 01:05 PM   #7
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I just installed new Koni's last week and had the same problem. The struts are not down in the pocket far enough. See the faint line above the to top of the socket? that should down in the pocket. As stated above, be sure to get that nub in the gap behind the pocket. Once you loosen the pinch bolt, put a jack under the control arm and raise the assembly up and the strut should seat. Good luck.
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Old 10-22-2013, 04:05 PM   #8
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Is the nub the thing barely visible in the photo below? Looks like the strut went in a little crooked and didn't seat all the way down Click image for larger version

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Old 10-22-2013, 06:11 PM   #9
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looks like the rear springs were used in the front, i have the same set up
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Old 10-22-2013, 06:18 PM   #10
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looks like the rear springs were used in the front
That's what I'm thinking.
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Old 10-22-2013, 06:32 PM   #11
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Yes, that nub is sitting on top of the pocket and should be rotated to slide down in the slot above the pinch bolt. I'm not sure of the possible spring issues in the post above, I used my original sport springs.
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Old 10-22-2013, 06:45 PM   #12
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looks like the rear springs were used in the front, i have the same set up
The rear springs are to small to fit over the strut.


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Old 10-22-2013, 07:21 PM   #13
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Yeah I'm not sure how you could mount the tears in the struts they are too small. Anyway thanks, hopefully that nub just has to be repositioned. I'll let you all know how the setup is after an autox this weekend


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Old 10-22-2013, 11:19 PM   #14
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Yeah I'm not sure how you could mount the tears in the struts they are too small. Anyway thanks, hopefully that nub just has to be repositioned. I'll let you all know how the setup is after an autox this weekend


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that little nub is definitely not positioned right. it should slide down in the slit. You can do that yourself really...Just lift the front of the car and place on jack stands, place a jack under the control arm, loosen the pinch bolt, rotate the strut, raise the jack slightly to push the strut in further, tighten the bolt.
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Old 10-22-2013, 11:22 PM   #15
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looks like the rear springs were used in the front, i have the same set up

those look nothing like rear springs, i dont even know how you can place the rear springs in the front. They literally look nothing alike.
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Old 10-22-2013, 11:23 PM   #16
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Seems to be sitting down in the mount all the way. Is there a diagram I can show them to have the spring seat correctly? The bottom of the spring is like oval so I don't know how it could be off as it kinda fits one way, is the top what could be off? Thanks


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the spring looks like it is situated correctly
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Old 10-23-2013, 12:08 PM   #17
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Ok great that makes life a lot easier. Will just twist and seat the correctly.

If the front drops lower than expected though, to even the car out a little, is it better to remove the bottom or top rear spring pads first? Thanks


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Old 10-25-2013, 12:22 PM   #18
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but looking at the first 2 pics, the spring is NOT seated correctly in the perch. There is a spot where the tail of the spring is supposed to butt up to. Also, the strut is not seated down fully in the pocket.

And here you can see the difference between the front ad rear springs:
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Old 10-26-2013, 06:50 PM   #19
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but looking at the first 2 pics, the spring is NOT seated correctly in the perch. There is a spot where the tail of the spring is supposed to butt up to. Also, the strut is not seated down fully in the pocket.

And here you can see the difference between the front ad rear springs:
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You posted the same thing in my thread too, I'm pretty sure you are wrong. Did you look at your strut before disassembling it?

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Old 10-28-2013, 03:21 PM   #20
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Ok well I got it sorted. Springs were seated correctly, but as was said earlier the nub was not all the way down in the front strut. So far the car looks good, rides very well, and handles fantastic. I couldn't believe how worn out the struts that came off it were, I could compress them with two fingers. The rears didn't even extend back out when compressed too. Went to an autocross, finished 5th out of 32 novices, only cars that beat me were some s2k's on race tires and a raced out z3 or z4. I really recommend this setup. Here's a pic as it sits today. Oh, and new rtabs with limiters(pelican $20) really tied together the package, everything is so much tighter. Click image for larger version

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