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    Has anyone made front coilover struts with KYB 2001-02 Kia Rio struts and tops? Since I already have the struts/tops and they presumably have better damping than stock Festiva ones, being made for a heavier car, I was thinking of trying to go this route. But I don't want to re-invent the wheel if it has been done before (or has been shown to be not a good way to go), and hope to benefit from someone else's experience. I was thinking of going with 2.5" wide, 12" or 14" long, 120# springs from SW Speed. Right now I'm just running stock 105# Festiva front springs, cut one coil.

    I figure I would have to grind off the stock lower spring perch on the strut, then slip the threaded sleeve over the strut for the adjusting nut to thread onto. Not sure what I will do for a top hat. It would be nice if I could buy a good machined aluminum pair from someone here.
    Last edited by TominMO; 12-23-2017, 02:44 PM.
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  • #2
    Haven't tried playing with the Rio strut on the Festiva, but probably have the top hats you want. Will check in the morning!
    No car too fast !

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Dragonhealer View Post
      Haven't tried playing with the Rio strut on the Festiva, but probably have the top hats you want. Will check in the morning!
      Thanks Ryal! Apparently no one has ever tried this, which surprises me a bit.
      Last edited by TominMO; 12-28-2017, 09:21 AM.
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      09 Kia Rondo--a Festy on steroids!

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      Disaster preparedness

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      • #4
        I do have a pair of 2-1/2" tops, the center hole may have to be sized up, looks a size too small for the Rio threaded part.
        Shoot me a shipping address and I'll get these off to you.
        I think someone tried the whole strut and the car was too high, then cut the springs and found it too stiff after that.
        Last edited by Dragonhealer; 12-28-2017, 10:46 AM.
        No car too fast !

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        • #5
          Yeah.... The Rio struts are not ideal for a Festiva.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by bhazard View Post
            Yeah.... The Rio struts are not ideal for a Festiva.
            That's kinda what I suspected, damping-wise, but if you got 'em already and want to have a higher spring rate, I figured it would be worth trying out. I would only be out maybe $130 or so for the specific coilover parts from SW Speed. Think I'll get into it this spring and report back.

            Originally posted by Dragonhealer View Post
            I do have a pair of 2-1/2" tops, the center hole may have to be sized up, looks a size too small for the Rio threaded part.
            Originally posted by Dragonhealer View Post
            Shoot me a shipping address and I'll get these off to you.
            I think someone tried the whole strut and the car was too high, then cut the springs and found it too stiff after that.

            I'll take 'em, thanks! LMK how much you want for them. PM coming.
            Last edited by TominMO; 12-28-2017, 01:42 PM.
            90 Festy (Larry)--B6M (Matt D. modified B6 head), header, 5-speed, Capri XR2 front brakes, many other little mods
            09 Kia Rondo--a Festy on steroids!

            You can avoid reality, but you can't avoid the consequences of avoiding reality--Ayn Rand

            Disaster preparedness

            Tragedy and Hope.....Infowars.com.....The Drudge Report.....Founding Fathers.info

            Think for yourself.....question all authority.....re-evaluate everything you think you know. Red-pill yourself!

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            • #7
              ^ you wont be out anything but some time if it doesn't work just get some mk3 struts you'll need the springs anyways.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by william View Post
                ^ you wont be out anything but some time if it doesn't work just get some mk3 struts you'll need the springs anyways.
                Excellent point!
                Last edited by TominMO; 12-28-2017, 01:42 PM.
                90 Festy (Larry)--B6M (Matt D. modified B6 head), header, 5-speed, Capri XR2 front brakes, many other little mods
                09 Kia Rondo--a Festy on steroids!

                You can avoid reality, but you can't avoid the consequences of avoiding reality--Ayn Rand

                Disaster preparedness

                Tragedy and Hope.....Infowars.com.....The Drudge Report.....Founding Fathers.info

                Think for yourself.....question all authority.....re-evaluate everything you think you know. Red-pill yourself!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Dragonhealer View Post
                  I do have a pair of 2-1/2" tops, the center hole may have to be sized up, looks a size too small for the Rio threaded part.
                  Shoot me a shipping address and I'll get these off to you.
                  I think someone tried the whole strut and the car was too high, then cut the springs and found it too stiff after that.
                  Sent you another PM but your box is full!
                  90 Festy (Larry)--B6M (Matt D. modified B6 head), header, 5-speed, Capri XR2 front brakes, many other little mods
                  09 Kia Rondo--a Festy on steroids!

                  You can avoid reality, but you can't avoid the consequences of avoiding reality--Ayn Rand

                  Disaster preparedness

                  Tragedy and Hope.....Infowars.com.....The Drudge Report.....Founding Fathers.info

                  Think for yourself.....question all authority.....re-evaluate everything you think you know. Red-pill yourself!

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                  • #10
                    Sorry, inbox full is the story of my life.
                    Cleared some space.
                    Last edited by Dragonhealer; 12-29-2017, 07:55 AM.
                    No car too fast !

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Dragonhealer View Post
                      Sorry, inbox full is the story of my life.
                      Cleared some space.
                      Thanx, PM sent.
                      90 Festy (Larry)--B6M (Matt D. modified B6 head), header, 5-speed, Capri XR2 front brakes, many other little mods
                      09 Kia Rondo--a Festy on steroids!

                      You can avoid reality, but you can't avoid the consequences of avoiding reality--Ayn Rand

                      Disaster preparedness

                      Tragedy and Hope.....Infowars.com.....The Drudge Report.....Founding Fathers.info

                      Think for yourself.....question all authority.....re-evaluate everything you think you know. Red-pill yourself!

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