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Old 11-06-2008, 04:06 PM   #1
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This happen to anyone else?

So I had my local shop relace my oem suspension with ST coilovers today. When I went to pick it up I was shocked at how slammed it was. Then I walked to the drivers side and it sat about half an inch higher in both the front and back! They said they didn't adjust anything, that they installed them straight out of the box. So, I'm assuming ST would ship the coilovers all set to the middle setting. So, does anyone have any experience with this? I told them I would bring it back in a week and let them install my new V710's and adjust the coilovers to get them to fit.
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Old 11-06-2008, 04:07 PM   #2
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your shop didnt realize they were not adjusted properly and failed to adjust them and had you come pick themup?

time for a new shop my friend...
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Old 11-06-2008, 04:10 PM   #3
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do it urself bro its only a suspension not engine work
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Old 11-06-2008, 04:12 PM   #4
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your shop didnt realize they were not adjusted properly and failed to adjust them and had you come pick themup?

time for a new shop my friend...
Yea, I was surprised they didn't notice too. However I was going to bring it back in a week or so anyway to have them put new wheels on and adjust to fit. So, it really isn't too big of a deal on their part. My worry is that all of the setting are set at the middle and the car doesn't sit even. Meaning something is wrong with the suspension. I like my shop. They give me great rates. They did the job for $345. That's pretty damn good from the research I did.
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Old 11-06-2008, 04:54 PM   #5
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I just called ST Suspensions and told them about this and they said that it's typical that your car won't sit even at the same setting on both sides. He said most cars don't weight the same at all four corners. I told him I didn't really like that answer because if I adjust one side to match the other, then I'm gong to have an unbalanced ride because one side of my suspension is compressed more than the other. He told me that's just the way it is. I just have a hard time believing that.
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Old 11-06-2008, 06:59 PM   #6
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I'm assuming installer didn't adjust your height, but if they did accordingly, the driver side will be a tad higher for weight distribution reasons. Once you sit in your driver's seat it should be about even on both sides.
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Old 11-07-2008, 04:10 PM   #7
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Coilovers will be delivered all over the place in regard to ride height etc. It's not an easy thing to set them up right when you consider height, damping, preload nad possibly camber adjustment on the top mount.

You can't beat having the car corner weighted when setting these things up to maximise grip and handling

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Old 11-07-2008, 04:12 PM   #8
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Thanks all for your replies. I noticed today that the driverside rear has dropped a tad more.
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