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Old 08-02-2003, 05:56 PM   #1
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HOWTO: Coilovers in a gen2

one of the mods might want to add this to the howto list but i am going to post it here for now.

KYB GR-2 Strut and 94-00 Integra Coilover install.

Well first off you have to go and order your struts and coilovers. I used KYB GR-2 struts and a set of generic sleeved coilovers and springs for a 1994-2000 Integra. Once all my parts had arrived at the store I brought them home and began work.

REAR:
For the rears you will have to mill out the coil over sleeve about 2mm larger diameter and you will also have to get out an angle grinder and grind the hexagonal looking shapes off of the strut body. I also took all the paint off the strut where the coil over sleeve will sit for a little extra clearance. Once the sleeve was milled and the strut had been ground down I used a little cop slip, antiseize compound and painted it on the strut where the sleeve would sit. I then slid the two together and put the spring on the assembly. I then jacked up the rear of the car, took off the rear wheels, and undid the upper and lower strut retaining bolts. Once the lower unit is loose then you will be able to drop the rear a-arm assembly lower and pull the existing strut out. A Haynes manual should help a lot with this procedure is you are not fully mechanically inclined. If you wanted to you could use the upper strut plate from your old setup, but I bought a new ones from Honda at a whopping 20 dollars Canadian each. If you want to use your old upper strut plates you will have to buy a spring compressor, compress your coil spring and then take off the strut plate. Install the upper rubber damper upside down on the coil and the install the upper strut plate. Install the whole new assembly back into the car and you are finished for the rear.

Front:
The fronts there is no machining or modifying needed. Install the sleeve body on the strut as shown in the instructions that comes with the coil over kit. Then one they are ready for the upper strut plate you will again have to jack up the car, take out the old struts, use a spring compressor and take off the strut plate, install everything on the new strut/coil over setup and put them back in the vehicle.

Height:
I have my fronts set all the way down on the sleeve and the rears I made a mark on the coil and turned them 3 times from the first time I saw the mark. Locked them in with the supplied keys and I was set.

This job can easily be done in an afternoon , the ride handling and road holding qualities are amazing. Once installed it will change the way you think of your prelude, and right then and there you know why import cars are the greatest… they go around corners, FAST….
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Old 08-02-2003, 06:00 PM   #2
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here is the finished strut setup. no upper strut plates are installed yet


here is the stock rear strut and the modified one


i think i have other pictures and they will be posted asap
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Old 08-02-2003, 06:01 PM   #3
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Sweet, thanks dude.
How much did the coil overs cost you??
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Old 08-03-2003, 11:55 AM   #4
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ive been needing to do that for a while now, my rear tires are separating cuz it sits too low in the back. if i take a corner too fast the rear left tire rubs on the inside of the wheel well. how much of a difference is it gonna make me doin it this way versus having just the springs chopped? how much $ should i expect to pay for parts?
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Will integra shocks fit????
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Will integra shocks fit????
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you have to run the preldyue strut and integra coilover
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in the last picture there, it shows two struts.. one is rounded and no paint.. i'm assuming thats that needed the angle grinder? to make the cap round instead of hexagonal? and then strip the paint? is that done on the strut itself or does it have to be taken apart?
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For the rears you will have to mill out the coil over sleeve about 2mm larger diameter and you will also have to get out an angle grinder and grind the hexagonal looking shapes off of the strut body
Hey guys I'm kinda stupid so help me out. What does it mean when DHD says that you have to mill out the coil over sleeve? What does that entail?
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making the hole that passes through larger
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yes that second strut is the one i removed the paint from and made the hex round. use lots of tape on the actual chrome shaft though as not to knick it. you nkick it the shock will leak and blow out early. to remove the paint i used a strip of coarse emory cloth. and just worked at it... it is very straight forward once you get into it
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this is a very good idea.. i think eventually, its something i should look into.. but i have a feeling soon, i'm gonna get rid of my base and my one si and keep the supralude.. i need to make room for a 5gen.. that is once i start getting paid from the marines..
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i ended up using Ractive euro coilovers. they seem very stiff, bumpy ride but handles good. kyb gr2 rear struts, monroe fronts.
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