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  • mikemounlio
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    I think i have all my parts in now. I will be uploading new pictures this weekend.

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  • likeJIF
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    Originally posted by mikemounlio View Post
    I will be taking much better pictures of the advanced kit and what all you must do to make it fit the festiva. I almost have all the parts in. Stay tuned.
    Patiently waiting!

    Sent from my HTC One M9 using Tapatalk

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  • mikemounlio
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    I will be taking much better pictures of the advanced kit and what all you must do to make it fit the festiva. I almost have all the parts in. Stay tuned.

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  • mikemounlio
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    FYI i just ordered the entire kit and as of today 02/09/18 the kit ran me $600.29 everything shipped to my door.

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  • Serafancho
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    Very solid write up. Really appreciate your guys time for these.

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  • mikemounlio
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    The last kit that i got in are pretty nice. I will be placing another order this winter so i hope to find just the front this time. Unless i use the bottom of the rear to make mounts as will has said.

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  • RobotKarate
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    I got the Caddy kit which was just the fronts from Hot Tuning so I only have the springs and litttle top hats from SW speed left over now.

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  • TWFodor
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    I ended up selling my rear coilovers from the kit to a local guy for $80. Took a while, but it was worth the wait

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  • william
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    Cut the bottom off the mk3 rears and make transmission mounts . That's about all i know or keep them for a lifted offroad festiva.

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  • RobotKarate
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    Is there any reason to keep the leftover parts from the VW coils or southwest speed kit? I'm cleaning out the garage of clutter and need the space.

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  • Eviljimchicken
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    It really blows my mind that I saw these cars in person a few days ago.

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  • ThisVelologist
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    Stock vs Advanced on the Tail of the Dragon

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  • Eviljimchicken
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    Good advice! Ill go do that today. Also I had no idea the threads were self locking

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  • Advancedynamix
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    Originally posted by Eviljimchicken View Post
    I just finished and it handles really well, but it doesn't seem perfect, at least for me. The springs I used were #120 in the front and #105 in the back.

    First of all I can't seem to get the car quite as low as I want. The front struts are pretty much slammed on the bump stops which I don't believe results in optimal handling. Is it possible to cut the bump stops in half or remove them without damaging the valving in the strut?

    The second concern that I have is that to get the ride height that I want in the rear the spring has no preload and can move up and down about an inch. I'm not sure how to solve this because #105 was the lightest spring rate. Also i'm not entirely sure if it is an issue.

    I also can't figure out a way to lock my ride height on the rear sleeves either because there is no jam nut like on the front or set screw. I noticed that it came with yellow circlips, I cannot figure out what those would be used for.


    Here's a tip that might help some people out: To make the sleeve fit perfectly I chucked the strut up in my drill with tape protecting the treads, and rested the body on something it could easily rotate on. What worked for me was a cardboard box that was dented in with a cloth on it. As the whole strut is spinning you can hold a file (or sandpaper) on to the parts you want to turn down. It worked perfectly for me, and the sleeve has no play whatsoever.
    I suggest that everyone starts out with the car set up properly first, then go for looks after driving it with a good setup for a few weeks. The difference in handling is not small. A properly adjusted setup will provide a car which can easily out corner just about anything on the road or track. Too low and the car pushes badly and spins the inside tire easily.

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  • Advancedynamix
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    Acme threads are designed to lock with pressure on them, so the rears don't need locking nuts or set screws. I only finger tighten my front lock nuts as well. No need to lock them tight with the spanner wrenches.

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