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Old 12-08-2012, 10:00 PM   #1
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Vorshlag in, pirate ship out!

Just installed the Vorshlag camber/caster plates, street/race (thanks EAS). WOW - nice.

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I'm running Koni yellows (sport) and a Ground Control coilover conversion kit. It's a great setup, with one troubling issue: when it gets cold out it sounds like an old wooden pirate ship. I religiously applied grease to the bearing but within about two weeks it was back.

I researched camber plates and chose Vorshlag because the design incorporated the spring perch with the strut tower and was build to accept the Koni's and the 2.5" spring from the GC kit, all mounted within a dual row bearing. This really tightened up the strut tower area!

What a difference. No pirate ship anymore, it vanished. YES!!! Plus it's pretty adjustable now.

Anybody looking to do the same - don't hesitate. Well worth the time and effort for a very quality part.
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Old 12-08-2012, 10:48 PM   #2
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you could have just dipped some $5 lithum grease into the strut towers and that would have solved everything.

It makes me wonder why engines don't just take lithium grease instead.
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:20 PM   #3
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I used Valvoline Durablend semi-synthetic molybdenum grease. I don't really thing it would have mattered what grease was used in my case. Grease (no matter what kind) plus dirt = sand filled sludge.

I imagine that my case isn't completely isolated. The top of the spring perch was making contact with the rubber on the bottom of the OEM strut mount. I suspect that after a couple of weeks the sludge just wore through and back to creaking again. I did have the correct washers and seal installed but I suspect the perch shifted slightly as the strut turned.
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