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Old 02-05-2008, 06:29 PM
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Adjusting Coilovers?

Hi All,

I've got Aldan coilovers at all 4 corners. How do you adjust the spring height? I've got a spanner wrench, but the spring seat is too difficult to turn without unloading the spring and my (old style) spring compressor won't work on these with the shock body so close to the spring...

Russ

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You are supposed to have a bit of anti seize on the threads and spring seat. That makes things much easier.

You can also jack up the car, adjust the spring collar up a few turns, then set the car back down and jounce the suspension a few times to get it to settle down to it's ride height.

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Mike,

I thought about that, but I'm not sure... if I unscrew the seat off the body (to lube the threads), will the spring "pop" off? Will I be able to get it rethreaded OK? I mean, it seems like there is still a bit tension with the seat almost unscrewed.

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Most of the ones I've dealt with will get loose before you run out of threads..you wiil be able to tell if the spring is loose enough to turn easily by hand, you are almost there. You can also lube the threads some below the spring collar, run it towards loose a ways, then with an acid brush, smear some anti seize or white grease on the threads above the spring collar, reaching in through the spring..

Then crank the collar up. This will spread the lube where it needs to be, and you dont have to take the shock apart to lube and adjust it. .

I use a big syringe with a #14 needle that I got from the feed store for stuff like that.


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That was it, Mike. I took a closer look at the seat "nut" and it's about 1" deep. The spring got loose before it unthreaded all the way. The shock bodies came prelubed and I added a bit more. Still pretty hard to turn though...

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Here's the solution

You get thrust bearings and washers from QA1 available from J**'s and others.
The bearing goes between two washers then under the spring, very little friction.
Makes adjusting a lot easier

cost under $30.00

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