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Old 08-07-2011, 03:39 PM   #1
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Front coilover setup won't lower? threads at lowest possible setting!

Ok, so i've searched and can't find the correct answer to remedy my issue. I have H&R RSS Clubsport coilovers, here:
http://www.europeanautosource.com/pr...roducts_id=895

Installed them and cannot get the front to lower. I have them set at the lowest possible thread and there is a good near two finger gap on both fronts. The rears are at the perfect height. Does anyone have any idea what is going on? Thanks in advance guys.
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Old 08-08-2011, 12:27 AM   #2
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So I had asked Daron (w0w) and it seems as though he had a similar issue with the H&R coilovers. Here is his reply:

"i had the same problem as you. make sure the knuckle is in all the way into the collar on the front struts. i had to use another jack to jack up the control arm til the shock fell into place!"

Could someone elaborate? or better yet, illustrate on this picture? http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002QTOAG8?tag=uj546ro-20
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Old 08-08-2011, 01:27 AM   #3
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That picture won't help because it doesn't show the steering knuckles. But okay, I don't have any drawing tools handy, but cropped out everything except the bottom of the front struts. These insert into the steering knuckle. A tab or bump on the back of the struts slides into a groove in the knuckle. If strut is not aligned properly, the nub won't slide into the grove so the strut bottom doesn't slide all the way into the steering knuckle and your front end sits too high. Jack up front end, put on jack stands, remove front wheels. Inspect backs of steering knuckles to see if nub on coilover is in the groove. Put jack below knuckle to support it. Loosen pinch bolt on knuckle. Twist strut body if needed to align nub with groove. Slowly raise knuckle with jack until bottom of strut (coilover) is fully seated inside steering knuckle. If that fails, post photos of the back of the steering knuckle with the strut lower end sitting in it.

Edit: OK, now you force me to reveal how bad my drawing skills are in MS Paint using a laptop trackpoint!!! See added image from RealOEM that I've mutilated.
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