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  • Advancedynamix
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    In the past I have used a washer between the front top hats and the Kia Rio strut bearing, just to distribute the load over a wider surface. This was just a precautionary measure taken from years of experience with coilover suspension on strut vehicles. All the spring weight is being supported by the inner shoulder of the strut mount bearing to spring hat thrust sufface. Aluminum is softer than the steel washer, so it is more apt to compress. If it compresses then there could be a slight amount of binding as the hat would then contact the outer bearing race. I tend to over engineer everything though. Lol

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  • mikemounlio
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    Seems fine to me. Car turns so much better than before. So I guess it's working

    Sent from my SM-N910V using Tapatalk

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  • nitrofarm
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    Originally posted by mikemounlio View Post
    Yes! The top hat was used as a top hat. I used the front coilovers as they came (aside from springs and hole mods). Top hat fit nicely over the rod. The rod fit nicely into the strut mount.
    Good write up Mike, how did the top of the new aluminum Hat mate with new upper Rio Mount (Bearing)?

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  • mikemounlio
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    Yes! The top hat was used as a top hat. I used the front coilovers as they came (aside from springs and hole mods). Top hat fit nicely over the rod. The rod fit nicely into the strut mount.

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  • b1gballin
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    Originally posted by mikemounlio View Post

    old vs new parts
    Is the top hat for the new front strut used at all for anything?

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  • TominMO
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    Originally posted by Advancedynamix View Post
    Great writeup. I love the use of using the rear spring perch as the spring top isolator.
    That is cool. I will try that when I do my Bilsteins next spring.

    +1 on the great writeup!
    Last edited by TominMO; 12-28-2015, 07:04 PM.

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  • gergorian
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    Originally posted by mikemounlio View Post
    That is a great deal. I need to look on amazon more often. I always forget about it. I normaly have such good luck on ebay tho. The top hats have been the only thing in the last 6 years that have been an issue for me.
    Yeah I have found things on Amazon that were cheaper than rock auto believe it or not. And I have found things on Amazon that weren't even on rock auto haha.

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  • mikemounlio
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    That is a great deal. I need to look on amazon more often. I always forget about it. I normaly have such good luck on ebay tho. The top hats have been the only thing in the last 6 years that have been an issue for me.

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  • bhazard
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    Originally posted by mikemounlio View Post
    It looks like summit springs are 50$ each-100$ for the pair. I got them from southwest speed for 39.98$ each. 79$ a pair.
    Okay my bad. Thought that was per spring.

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  • gergorian
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    I got my Rio top hats on Amazon. Got super luck and only paid $7.50 each with prime shipping. I bought 4. Two for the coilovers and 2 spares.

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  • mikemounlio
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    Thanks. It seems to work rather well.

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  • Advancedynamix
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    Great writeup. I love the use of using the rear spring perch as the spring top isolator.
    Last edited by Advancedynamix; 12-28-2015, 12:31 PM.

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  • mikemounlio
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    It looks like summit springs are 50$ each-100$ for the pair. I got them from southwest speed for 39.98$ each. 79$ a pair.

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  • bhazard
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    I think summit racing springs are around $50 and are more or less the same.

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  • mikemounlio
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    ULTIMATE STREET SUSPENSION
    (2X) 12" 120 LB. SPRING SOUTHWESTSPEED.COM $79.98
    (2X) 10" 105 LB. SPRING SOUTHWESTSPEED.COM $79.98
    COIL SLEEVE KIT SOUTHWESTSPEED.COM $32.99
    MK2 COILOVERS HOTTUNING EBAY $200.00
    (2X) RIO TOP HAT EBAY $34.53
    VW BUMP STOPS EBAY $11.01
    REAR STRUTS SHOCKWAREHOUSE.COM $75.09
    TOTAL $513.58
    Last edited by w4rkry; 09-04-2017, 07:51 PM.

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