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    Thread: My coilover caps are sticking out to much

    1. 04-16-2014 08:57 PM #1
      Hi, I im new to this Euro Life... So I bought some coilover for my mk4 Jetta, and the two front coilover just don't seem write, they are sticking way to much from where they need to be at, and they are hitting my hood.. Please help!


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      04-16-2014 09:03 PM #2
      something has gone terribly wrong here wow!
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      04-16-2014 09:06 PM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by jaysleeves View Post
      something has gone terribly wrong here wow!
      This.

      remove and reinstall?!?
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      04-16-2014 09:28 PM #4
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    5. 04-16-2014 09:34 PM #5
      I did already twice and still the same @Dave,Bro


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      04-16-2014 09:36 PM #6
      Your either doing it wrong, have the wrong coil-overs or some really ****ed up bushings.

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      04-16-2014 09:43 PM #7
      Well right away I see that nut right up tight to the top hat, why is that there??

      top should look like this:



      then the top hat and the top nut.
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    8. 04-16-2014 09:45 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by Dameon View Post
      Your either doing it wrong, have the wrong coil-overs or some really ****ed up bushings.
      Do I need to take off any other parts off the old suspension???


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      04-16-2014 09:50 PM #9
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yefvpgL7Dws

      I know you don't have raceland coil overs but this could be a big help. It looks like you might have missed some parts when putting the top together, because you aren't suppose to have any exposed smooth shaft above the top hat of the coil over the bearing catches on that machined surface at the end of the threads which allows you to tighten the bearing and bushing together with the nut. Then you install the coil over in the car and put all the jazz on top and tighten it down.
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      04-16-2014 09:51 PM #10
      I think just the nut that holds down the bushing and the top hat. I cant figure out why so much shaft is sticking out of the top of your coilover. what brand are those?
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    11. 04-16-2014 10:27 PM #11
      Ima try to reinstall them or if the same ima have to take it to a shop...


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    12. 04-16-2014 10:29 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by jaysleeves View Post
      I think just the nut that holds down the bushing and the top hat. I cant figure out why so much shaft is sticking out of the top of your coilover. what brand are those?
      They are RSK street coilover I got them off eBay


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      04-16-2014 10:30 PM #13
      Looks like your missing the strut top mount bushing


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      04-16-2014 10:32 PM #14
      The nut underneath the cap needs to come off. From the pics, it looks like you have the cap sandwiched between the top nut(which you have at the bottom) and the more flat style nut (which you most likely have on top, down inside the cap). Good luck
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    15. 04-16-2014 10:41 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by D1ESEL CHEM View Post
      The nut underneath the cap needs to come off. From the pics, it looks like you have the cap sandwiched between the top nut(which you have at the bottom) and the more flat style nut (which you most likely have on top, down inside the cap). Good luck
      Oh okay! I should beat up the guy who did my coilover smh lol! That's what u get when u pay $40 for the installation smh!!


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      04-16-2014 10:45 PM #16
      The flat style nut should be holding down the bearing/ bushing directly to the coilover. Then the top hat goes on with the larger nut holding it all together.

    17. 04-16-2014 10:56 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by D1ESEL CHEM View Post
      The flat style nut should be holding down the bearing/ bushing directly to the coilover. Then the top hat goes on with the larger nut holding it all together.
      Do you have a pic o the cap in how it should look like ???


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      04-16-2014 10:58 PM #18
      check out this thread, shows it all:

      http://noahlh.com/car/coilover_howto/
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    19. 04-16-2014 11:18 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by jaysleeves View Post
      check out this thread, shows it all:

      http://noahlh.com/car/coilover_howto/
      Thanks a lot that shows me where the issue might be! Cuz I have my old struts and they still have the aluminum spacer and the strut bearing. It's all bad! Smh lol


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      04-17-2014 12:22 AM #20
      Should've done it yourself and follow the procedures man! That's crazy!

    21. 04-17-2014 12:42 AM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by 24vFTW View Post
      Should've done it yourself and follow the procedures man! That's crazy!
      Yeah I know, but I just didn't have the tools for the job


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      04-17-2014 08:13 AM #22
      What the hell is that. I hope your not driveing it like that...
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      04-17-2014 08:32 AM #23
      is the strut bushing upside down?
      Im not a ricer. Im lo mein.

    24. 04-17-2014 08:33 AM #24
      I have the same coils...but this never should happen you did something very wrong
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      04-17-2014 10:17 AM #25
      Dude just watch the raceland how to install video I posted above, you can't screw it up if you want it. They give you a step by step on the whole suspension. Goodluck with reinstall I hope you get it figured out!
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      04-17-2014 10:51 AM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by Einkaufswagen View Post
      What the hell is that. I hope your not driveing it like that...
      THIS!!!! Although looking at the damage to your hood I would say you already have. Get that corrected asap!
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      04-17-2014 11:36 AM #27
      Those are assembled and installed incorrectly.

      That silver nut you see UNDER the strut cap should NOT be there.

      It should go coilover cap > OEM strut bearing > OEM strut mount > OEM strut mount retaining nut > strut cap > silver nut to hold the cap on.

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      04-17-2014 11:57 AM #28
      This is the order of the parts if you are more of a visual learner


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      04-17-2014 12:09 PM #29
      Made this up real quick. Should explain it pretty well.

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      04-17-2014 12:23 PM #30
      Oh my... If those last two pics don't help take it to a pros but don't drive it like that anymore!

    31. 04-17-2014 03:35 PM #31
      Maybe you have figured it out already but I'm pretty certain that the strut bearing is what's missing. When mounted properly the bearing presses against the top mount bushing and stops the shock from pushing up. Check the pictures above and you'll see where the bearing should be. You can use the ones from old struts but getting new ones won't set you back too much. They tend to wear out pretty quickly so you'll be changing them soon anyway.

      I wouldn't drive like that either but I don't think it would do any damage other than the hood which seems to be ruined already. The weight of the car is resting on the springs after all.

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      04-17-2014 03:37 PM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by Ptrlhead View Post
      Maybe you have figured it out already but I'm pretty certain that the strut bearing is what's missing. When mounted properly the bearing presses against the top mount bushing and stops the shock from pushing up. Check the pictures above and you'll see where the bearing should be.
      Bingo.

      That is exactly what is missing. It is the thrust bearing that allows your strut to turn with ease with the full weight of the car on the strut

    33. 04-17-2014 10:01 PM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by Ptrlhead View Post
      Maybe you have figured it out already but I'm pretty certain that the strut bearing is what's missing. When mounted properly the bearing presses against the top mount bushing and stops the shock from pushing up. Check the pictures above and you'll see where the bearing should be. You can use the ones from old struts but getting new ones won't set you back too much. They tend to wear out pretty quickly so you'll be changing them soon anyway.

      I wouldn't drive like that either but I don't think it would do any damage other than the hood which seems to be ruined already. The weight of the car is resting on the springs after all.
      Thanks bro that really helps a lot I had a filling that's the problem but hopefully I could do it this week and yeah I'm driving on them like that but only from work and back but I need to fix them ASAP


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    34. 04-17-2014 10:02 PM #34
      Thanks to everybody! Thanks for all your help !!


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      I almost sh!t myself looking at those pics, god damn.. sorry dude
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