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Old 04-22-2013, 12:45 PM   #1
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Adjustable damper settings in a vert?!

Hey,
So i picked up a set of BC Racing Coilovers. (i assume this question will apply to anyone with a vert).

My question is.. How do you adjust the rear damper settings? Unlike the front (or a coupe for that matter) there is no opening. Taking the rear shock out isnt too hard but its pretty obnoxious. (Also wouldnt this fuk up your alignment?)

I had the idea to pick up a set of extenders and drilling a small hole and extending it up into the vert roof compartment. This may work IF you can cut the length of the extenders- and if it doesnt effect the roof. (by rubbing on it ect inside the compartment)


I planned on using a bottle cap with some double stick tape and some chalk on it to see if it leaves a mark on the top when its down in this compartment. (too see where the mark is)

ANY IDEAS? HAS ANYONE DONE SOMETHING TO FIX THIS PROBLEM?



THIS IS A PIC OF THE TOP OF THE SHOCK:





Thanks an advance.
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:10 PM   #2
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You can drill another hole, it will not interfere with the operation of the top. Just make sure you find a grommet to fill the hole with. Otherwise you'll find your trunk fills up with water as the top storage area is not water proof.

Caps lock is a sure way not to get a good answer.
Removing the shock will not change your alignment.
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:34 PM   #3
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well rather then drilling a large hole to sqeeze my fingers in, I wanted to drill a tiny hole big enough for these extenders HERE trim then down so they sit as low as possible - still able to make adjustments, and then use a rubber O ring or something to prevent leakage.

You are positive the top doesn't lay on this area- I am not trying to create a friction hole.
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:19 PM   #4
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well rather then drilling a large hole to sqeeze my fingers in, I wanted to drill a tiny hole big enough for these extenders HERE trim then down so they sit as low as possible - still able to make adjustments, and then use a rubber O ring or something to prevent leakage.

You are positive the top doesn't lay on this area- I am not trying to create a friction hole.
I didn't consider you wanted to keep the extenders permanently installed. I had considered an access hole to put them on when needed.

The best way to check the clearance would be to try it. Personally I would not want anything in that storage area that could possibly come loose and damage the top, and would lean towards a larger hole.
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:42 PM   #5
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to my knowledge the extenders need to be attached with an allen key so It wouldn't be possible to remove it easily.

what if I made the two circles into one large oval? what would work as a plug?
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