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    Thread: SOLO-WERKS Coilover review thread for CC + DIY

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      05-02-2012 10:03 PM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by snobrdrdan View Post
      Did you get it aligned yet?
      Went in yesterday. any reason?

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      05-02-2012 10:04 PM #27
      Just wondering what your specs were, for comparison to mine (had mine aligned as well, on Konis)

      Can you post them?
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      05-03-2012 01:44 AM #28
      Quote Originally Posted by snobrdrdan View Post
      Just wondering what your specs were, for comparison to mine (had mine aligned as well, on Konis)

      Can you post them?
      I'll get it up tomorrow, left the printout at my work.

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      05-05-2012 07:48 PM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by snobrdrdan View Post
      Just wondering what your specs were, for comparison to mine (had mine aligned as well, on Konis)

      Can you post them?
      Sorry, totally forgot about the alignment specs. I am curious to know how yours was any different

      Well posting a pic was smart.. may as well do the same.

      Last edited by njm23; 05-05-2012 at 10:33 PM.

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      05-05-2012 10:09 PM #30
      Here's mine....before on top....after on the bottom:

      I told them to have the camber equal on both sides in the back, btw.

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      05-05-2012 10:34 PM #31
      figured adding my actual pic would be good... Everything appears extremely similar, aside from me being lower resulting in more camber. Yea, makes sense about the camber, but .1 of a difference won't do much I feel. looks good either way.

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      05-05-2012 10:37 PM #32
      Yeah we got similar results...cool.

      What are you FTG, btw?
      Or, the more accurate way, from the lip of the bottom of the wheel to the bottom of the fender?
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      05-05-2012 10:43 PM #33
      I'll have to check on the lip of the wheel to fender, never did it like that. GTF was something int he range of 24.25 in the rear and 24.50/75 in the front. the rears settled, I raised it a little bit in the rear prior to the alignment by 1/8" or so, i'll grab some measurements tomorrow in the daylight again.

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      05-05-2012 11:03 PM #34
      Cool
      Just grab FTG then

      Grab an updated side view pic too (if you wanna share)....now that it's all settled & aligned
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      05-06-2012 08:50 PM #35
      Took some measurements the way you asked form the bottom of the lip to fender.

      Front - 22"
      Rear - 21 7/8"

      Going to bring the back up that little bit to even it out completely.



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      05-08-2012 05:34 AM #36
      Looks good!

      Wheels next, or are you keeping the 17's?
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      05-08-2012 09:07 AM #37
      Quote Originally Posted by snobrdrdan View Post
      Looks good!

      Wheels next, or are you keeping the 17's?
      I'm looking at a few different 19" wheels, still haven't decided.. I'd say within the next 1-2 months i'll have wheels on there. Just haven't found anything I really like yet. 17's will be staying for winter use.

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      05-14-2012 08:33 AM #38
      I recently installed these on my 2012 cc and I have some odd noise coming from the front at low speeds when going over steep bumps (speed bumps, etc.). I have taken the fronts out and verified that everything is tight and secured. It's not a clunking noise but it sounds like metal rubbing against metal.

      Question for those that have this setup... These do not come with bump stops or dust covers, I did not use the factory ones because I did not see the need for it. Did you reuse the factory front bump stops? I don't think the factory dust covers fit. The only other thing I can think of is the shorter sway bar end links hitting or rubbing against something.

      Any suggestions will be highly appreciated... Are there any other DIY's for exactly this setup?
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      05-14-2012 12:26 PM #39
      Quote Originally Posted by RedATPGti View Post
      I recently installed these on my 2012 cc and I have some odd noise coming from the front at low speeds when going over steep bumps (speed bumps, etc.). I have taken the fronts out and verified that everything is tight and secured. It's not a clunking noise but it sounds like metal rubbing against metal.

      Question for those that have this setup... These do not come with bump stops or dust covers, I did not use the factory ones because I did not see the need for it. Did you reuse the factory front bump stops? I don't think the factory dust covers fit. The only other thing I can think of is the shorter sway bar end links hitting or rubbing against something.

      Any suggestions will be highly appreciated... Are there any other DIY's for exactly this setup?
      Yea, you posted in the DIY for these exact coilovers.... made by me.

      You need to re-use your bump stops, the dust covers do not go back on the front as they will create noises/rubbing problems. The rears you need to reuse your bump stops and the dust cover can go on the rear.

      Did you install the strut mounts/bearings in the right direction? Are you sure the top nut on the strut is tightened down all the way?

      If you are thinking it could be your swaybar, you would be able to jack the car up and see visible rub marks. How low are you?

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      05-14-2012 01:35 PM #40
      Quote Originally Posted by njm23 View Post
      Yea, you posted in the DIY for these exact coilovers.... made by me.

      You need to re-use your bump stops, the dust covers do not go back on the front as they will create noises/rubbing problems. The rears you need to reuse your bump stops and the dust cover can go on the rear.

      Did you install the strut mounts/bearings in the right direction? Are you sure the top nut on the strut is tightened down all the way?

      If you are thinking it could be your swaybar, you would be able to jack the car up and see visible rub marks. How low are you?
      I verified the strut mounts were installed with the arrows towards the inside of the car and that was not the problem... Now i'm thinking the strut mounts may be bad because I may have over tighten them... But at the same time it does not feel like that is the problem... Are the strut mounts that weak on these cars?
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      05-15-2012 06:10 AM #41
      What do you mean you "overtightened the strut mount?"

      When you put the top nut on the strut/coilover, you tighten it down until it stops.....shouldn't damage the strut mount.
      And then the 3 bolts that hold the strut mount to the strut tower....you can't really overtighten those either. If you did....you'd just strip out the holes on the mount.

      How low are you though?
      It could be possible that your passenger side axle is hitting the frame. Check for wear marks
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      05-15-2012 11:14 AM #42
      Quote Originally Posted by snobrdrdan View Post
      What do you mean you "overtightened the strut mount?"

      When you put the top nut on the strut/coilover, you tighten it down until it stops.....shouldn't damage the strut mount.
      And then the 3 bolts that hold the strut mount to the strut tower....you can't really overtighten those either. If you did....you'd just strip out the holes on the mount.

      How low are you though?
      It could be possible that your passenger side axle is hitting the frame. Check for wear marks
      You do have a point, I was pretty upset when I wrote that and did not really think things through... The noise appears to be coming from the strut tower area and it has gotten progressively worse and very annoying. The guy from AMI has responded to their thread stating that they have 5 other customers that reported a similar problem. In the meantime I am going to try a few things to see if I can pinpoint where exactly the noise is coming from. Thanks.
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      05-15-2012 08:33 PM #43
      Doesn't sound like it's the issue, but did you use new strut bearings when you installed them?
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      07-23-2012 04:57 PM #44
      Update: The car is now slightly lower after almost a month of not having it (sunroof noise all fixed now..)

      Put new wheels on it, and lowered it more. The rear still has a solid 1/2" and the front 1/4" but it rubs when cornering, so nothing changes until i roll the fenders.

      The car, as low as it is, with a 225/35 tire on 19x9 wheel rides very well. There is virtually no "bouncing", and it takes bumps like a champ. I have zero complaints with these coilovers... It has been about 6k miles now. Overall impression so far:




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      07-26-2012 03:51 AM #45
      Looks REALLY good!
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      07-26-2012 05:38 PM #46
      Quote Originally Posted by snobrdrdan View Post
      Looks REALLY good!
      Thanks, slowly making it's way to where I want it.

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      07-27-2012 01:46 PM #47
      Wow lovin' those wheels. Great looking cc!

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      09-24-2012 02:41 AM #48
      Just an update, I have put 10k miles on these coilovers so far..

      I have seriously ROCKED some pot holes, and drove all over NYC with 3 passangers and a loaded trunk with luggage.. All I can say is I have zero complaints. So far, more than pleased And this is all on a 225/35/19 tire that is on a 9" wide wheel..(stretched tire)

      I have gotten some noises from them if they sat for a while after getting a beating on some rough roads and a heavily weighed down car like my NYC trip over labor day weekend, but it's like they had to "break" back in after sitting for a few days and the noises(creaking) would go away within a few miles.. So, zero complaints from me. They ride smooth, not bouncy.. I am happy

    24. 09-28-2012 01:10 PM #49
      Car looks awesome man, just a question, how much lower do you have on the front and rear? I'm contemplating this set up on a mk3 Jetta.

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      09-28-2012 04:44 PM #50
      Quote Originally Posted by SwiftX View Post
      Car looks awesome man, just a question, how much lower do you have on the front and rear? I'm contemplating this set up on a mk3 Jetta.
      Thanks, appreciate it. In these pics, with all perches/helper springs/lock collars in, the rear has a solid 1/2-3/4" and the front had 2-3 threads. Granted they are 2 totally different platforms so never know how that will affect things. I lowered the front today a bit more, sits 1/8" lower now and that is bottomed out on the front. Still rides just as well as when I initially had them on with a good 3/4" thread left to go down.

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