if it were only that easy...
a really nice set of coilovers that were hand-built for a Fox were selling for $950 a few months ago - that's about as cheap as you will find something - I think we offered $850 to me at one point because I could pick up...I didn't but I should have.
a TON of info on this subject if you use the search function and also in FAQ. Most discussed topic on here by far.
These were built out of a set of factory struts from our parts fox. Above the steering arms you can see the sleeves. In order for those sleeves to fit we have to cut the factory spring perches off. On the top of the springs you can see the custom fabricated tops we made so that they will mount to the car and still turn, since they need to be able to turn (and have a bearing built in for this) for the car to be able to turn. The factory ones don't fit properly with the smaller diameter aftermarket springs, and won't mount properly anyway.
The kit you bought is a start and includes the sleeves that probably will fit, and the springs. But you will need to do a bunch of fabrication work for them to work with. The tops that come with them from the picture will not work right at all. And i can guarantee you because the application is so specific there is no way that what comes with the kit will work.
In the rear you might be able to get the sleeves on to the spring perch for the factory type shocks but thats a big if, they probably won't fit right there either.
Last edited by Rogue Leader; 04-24-2012 at 03:41 PM.
They problem is they don't just bolt on. Above the steering arms in that picture you can see the sleeves. Those sleeves are covering where we cut off the factory spring perches. On your car when you take this apart to install those there will be a 5 inch or so diameter perch where you see the sleeves on mine. As well on mine you can see a metal cap on top of the sleeve, that is used to hold the shock in (I believe it came with the shocks, Bilstein HDs). You would best be served to put new shocks in as the factory or cheap replacements will suck with those springs.
So to start you need to cut your factory strut assembly. THEN you need the tops (on the top of that pic) because your factory ones probably won't work with those springs. Someone out there may sell them, we fabricated them ourselves. The parts that come with that kit will not work. The Fox tops are thick and have a bearing in them to allow them to turn.
My struts / shocks are shot!
Considering the color of the sleeves and adjusters, I would say this is a Ground Control kit. GC does make a top hat that will work with a 4000/90/coupe upper strut mount. It butts up against the bearing in the mount. You may have to talk to them about the size of the sleeve, as the 4000 strut tube should be the same size as the fox . Measure the strut and tell them what you need. I believe 50mm.
I would get a flat plate for the bottom for the sleeve to set on. Better than just the sleeve. You may have to turn down the sleeve a little, for the cap nut to fit all the way down.
When you add the sleeve to the strut tube, coat the strut with antisieze and silicon the top and bottom to seal out moisture.
If you have a wagon, you could use the kit for the rear of a MKII.
Here is a picture of the top hats for a 4KQ.
Last edited by 90quattrocoupe; 04-27-2012 at 12:32 PM.
They have my car when they pry my dead cold fingers from the steering wheel.