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Need advice on what else is needed with coilovers?

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by Daws88, May 9, 2011.

  1. Daws88
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    [May 9, 2011]
    I am looking to get some of advice about what is needed to accommodate coilovers?
    I am only going go get budget coilies, probably joms for the time being, as I want my speedlines on asap!
    Will save up for a premium set in the future.

    So I am just wondering what I shall need to replace or upgrade? Top mounts etc? Greasing the coilies?

    Any help would be appreciated! :)
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    You will need to tape up the coilys, and there is no point buying 2 sets just get 1 set and leave that on there lad.
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    Well I was thinking of the joms as a tempory as there an affordable price at the moment, until I save enough for air perhaps :hubbahubba:
    Could you explain further about taping them up? (complete noob at the mechanical side of things!)
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    Its good practice to tape up the threads on the coilovers, It will protect them from rust and wear. Basically a spring will sit on two locking collars these locking collars spin across a thread to adjust the height. If the threads rust it can be a nightmare adjusting the height in the future.

    Using a tape is always good practice to help keep them clean, In the past i used to use a silver copper grease which worked well and often every 2-3 months gave them a good clean and regreased the threads.

    An example below,


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    Tape is often better than grease as the grease can sometimes hold little stones etc
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    Yep! ^
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    [May 9, 2011]
    on my bora i used a peice of neopryne (wetsuit material) as a sleeve over my coilovers, as well as lots of belzona anti seize, worked a treat for the best part of 2 years until i got lazy,


    but yeah tape is a good idea never thought of that!!
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    Dan you up for a meet soon?
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    [May 9, 2011]
    Definately Nath, been mega busy recently but still need to come see you guys!

    When you thinking?
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    Not sure, quite a few NW A3s now, so we'll have a good turnout.
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    Yeah definately, I go away a week on Wednesday for a week, and Jord is away at the minute so well have to arrange something when were all available,
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    Yeh no worries danielson
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    [May 9, 2011]
    Thanks for the picture and advice farhanali.
    By the sound of things the tape sounds the best route to go down, what sort of tape lol?
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    [May 9, 2011]
    Sellotape

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    N8 told me to use tape on another thread and it got me thinking ...I will be using self amalgamating tape on mine
    Self Amalgamating Tape .
    its rubber you can stretch it over things and in threads its ideal for the job .It will also keep it sealed water tight .
    Now i just need to get some energy to clean the greece off LOL
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    N8 chats a load of ****, don't listen to him :laugh:
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    [May 9, 2011]
    Thanks Steve. May try that myself. Would it be worth my while putting grease on aswel as the tape or not?

    Would I need to upgrade my top mounts?
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    [May 9, 2011]
    did top mounts and rears as well all in 50 notes from europarts made life easy .
    :banghead:saving for the rubber for my speedlines
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    Thanks. I am also saving for rubber for mine aswel, but going to get the coilovers done first.
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    I've copper greased mine for now. I'll probably give them a good clean, re-grease & tape them up at the end of the summer before the weather turns poop.
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    So the tape is the way forward! How are your joms now Tim?
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    [May 9, 2011]
    Really ? :p
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    Yeh :laugh:
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    They've been fine. I had the tracking done the other day after about 400 miles and thats actually made a positive difference to the ride, feels smoother than before. Wheels were toeing out a bit, rather than in slightly so werent running smoothly over bumps etc. Mrs thinks my car is bumpy, but she's said that about all my cars with coilovers & compared to her polo daily I guess it is tbf.

    I was gonna raise the rears a little today in line with the front, but appears I'm going to need to take the wheel off and take the adjuster out to be able to adjust it, which I couldnt be bothered with today, hehe.
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    Always get full alignment and tracking done, saves tyre life as well.
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    Was quite interesting to get it on the Hawkeye tracker and check out the readouts. Camber on the fronts is -1.23 degrees & 2.2 degrees on the rear, purely as a result of lowering. Not sure what the Audi spec camber is, but I corrected the toe & left the camber as it looks good! :laugh:
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    i still need to get mine done lol done nearly 2000 miles now yes i know im lazy lmao
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    The coils ive got on are stainless steel so apparently no rusting would it still be worth me taping up my threads?
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    Yeah, I think my Konis on my TT were stainless and they siezed to poop!
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    [May 9, 2011]
    For the cost of them. i would still tape them ...
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    I never taped my KWs, and they were fine Scott!
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    what are v-maxx like n8 ive greased mine will that be ok or do i need anything else
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    Shud be ok, or you can tape as well, Karl used tape on his, seem to have been fine.
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    cheers n8 , not that im going to be raising her up or anything lol , haha ash said the other day when i got my coilovers i would only lower her about 30-40mm now she is all the way down see i couldnt resist the lows lol
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    :laugh:
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    I got some brilliant self emulgamating tape ideal for water sealing problem is it don't like coming off once it's on
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    good stuff then shane
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    Yea your probly right m8

    How long did you have them on for nath did you do out else light greasing or cleaning?
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    Brand new stanley blade and a steady hand ;)
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    Yes I always cleaned them, I had them on my car just over 2 years.
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    Had KW's on my old MK4 for over 2 years. Never once greased or taped them. Changed the height rarely and never gave me any problems.

    As advised, i wouldn't recommend getting budget coilies .. I doubt you'll be able to get much, if anything, once you've used them and try to sell.. A lot easier, and cheaper, to just save up a little more and buy a decent set.
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