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    Thread: Bye Bye Drop Plates ..... Hello Rear Suspension Travel

    1. Member Shawn B's Avatar
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      05-15-2009 05:41 PM #1
      I'm working on eliminating the 2.5" rear drop plates I welded on and thought were a good idea. The drive with these on was so bad. The strut was fully extended and the coilovers were wound as high as I could get them, might as well have welded solid pipes in there. No more STUPID amounts of rear camber hopefully when I am done too. More pics to come ..........


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      05-15-2009 05:55 PM #2
      see i told you welding them in there was a bad idea
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      05-15-2009 05:59 PM #3
      there's a reason why I removed them and got kw's.

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      05-15-2009 06:07 PM #4
      I wish I wouldn't have welded them on.

      Too late now.

      I have another rear beam to swap on but that's a lot more work and I don't like the look of where the rear beam bolts up and the idea of breaking those studs off the floor.

      As you can see I've chopped the tops off the drop plates and plan to use them as spacers behind the stub axles.


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      05-15-2009 06:08 PM #5
      ya not much else you can do there.
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      05-15-2009 06:25 PM #6
      looks like these things are only useful on the rear of the caddy which is what they are really designed for.
      For Sale:
      - 2.5", 3", 3.5" rear drop plates, best price on the vortex
      - Rear Spindle spacers (1/2" and 3/8")
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      05-15-2009 06:28 PM #7
      Quote, originally posted by VWJerm »
      looks like these things are only useful on the rear of the caddy which is what they are really designed for.

      Sorry man I had to cut them and yeah looks like these are better suited to be used on a caddy.


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      05-15-2009 06:33 PM #8
      and why is this posted outside your build thread LOL j/k glad to see you're sorting it all out bro

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      05-15-2009 06:42 PM #9
      Quote, originally posted by Shawn B »

      Sorry man I had to cut them and yeah looks like these are better suited to be used on a caddy.

      no sweat, I wasn't too into that serious camber either. As for the ride/handling I think if you didn't have coilovers and just had a regular stiff spring it wouldn't have been as bad.

      For Sale:
      - 2.5", 3", 3.5" rear drop plates, best price on the vortex
      - Rear Spindle spacers (1/2" and 3/8")
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      05-15-2009 07:30 PM #10
      Quote, originally posted by VWJerm »
      looks like these things are only useful on the rear of the caddy which is what they are really designed for.


      These work superbly well for lowering a car and keeping it comfortable, but when driving hard, the droop travel is non existent, so it's instant 3 wheel.


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      05-15-2009 08:07 PM #11
      Quote, originally posted by Shawn B »

      I have another rear beam to swap on but that's a lot more work and I don't like the look of where the rear beam bolts up and the idea of breaking those studs off the floor.

      Ah, its not thaaat bad The camber did look super badass but I bet it'll be nice to be able to drive the car hard


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      05-15-2009 11:31 PM #12
      Stub axles are mounted and the drop is measured out just waiting for a buddy to bring over his coilover wrench. I made a trip over to the brother in law's house to borrow a drill and then ended up borrowing the neighbor's RIGID cordless to get the job done. All mounted with new bolts, lock washers and thread locker.


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      05-16-2009 02:26 PM #13
      All back together

      And back on the ground !!

      No more STOOOPID rear camber and I have suspension travel now! Just gotta figure out why there's a clanking coming from my suspension (it's always been there), I think it's the top springs clanging off the aluminum top hat. Is there supposed to be a nylon washer up there.


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      05-16-2009 03:31 PM #14
      Quote, originally posted by Shawn B »

      No more STOOOPID rear camber and I have suspension travel now! Just gotta figure out why there's a clanking coming from my suspension (it's always been there), I think it's the top springs clanging off the aluminum top hat. Is there supposed to be a nylon washer up there.

      How are your rear beam pivot bushings?
      My rear end had a nasty clanging when one of the bushings was FUBAR.


    15. 05-16-2009 03:38 PM #15
      does the sound happen on compression or rebound of your rear suspension? and what side?

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      05-16-2009 03:42 PM #16
      The sound isn't from the rear beam pivot bushings. If I hold the springs when the car is bounced it deaden's the sound. Pretty sure it's coming from the top of the strut, aluminum top hat and the spring.

    17. 05-16-2009 06:53 PM #17
      Quote, originally posted by Shawn B »
      The sound isn't from the rear beam pivot bushings. If I hold the springs when the car is bounced it deaden's the sound. Pretty sure it's coming from the top of the strut, aluminum top hat and the spring.

      Are you talking about a rattling sound that seems to be coming from the top of the strut from inside the car? Because I have that all the ****ing time and it's driving me mad.


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      05-16-2009 08:04 PM #18
      ^^ basically

    19. 05-17-2009 02:16 PM #19
      it sounds like you did not seat your set bolt that holds the top plate on the top of the spring. i'm not talking about the nut that holds strut top to the body w/ the bushing (the one below that). on newer cars it kinda sounds like a golf ball sound. i had the same sound develop in the rear after a couple of weeks after installed coil overs. it was very unsettling so i took it apart tightened that nut (again) and it has not made a sound since. with your springs compressed so dramatically (no travel, spring never had chance to come down) before your problem might not have shown itself until you allowed your rear end to swing down enough for it to "unseat" itself. hope this is some what helpful.

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      05-17-2009 08:49 PM #20
      I think I know what you are talking about but I was pretty sure I put everything back together tight? The noise is worse now that I have suspension travel.

      Anyone have an exploded view of the rear strut assembly ?
      (I'll also check my Haynes manual, there's probably an exploded view there)

      I guess I know what else I am doing tonight F U .C. K lol


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      05-18-2009 09:16 AM #21
      New ride height :check:

      Rear suspension travel :check:

      and .......

      No more clanking and banging from the rear suspension! :check:
      (^ FIXED THAT ONE LAST NIGHT)

      I can't wait to take this thing out for a test drive today before the Monday night gtg.


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