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Old 09-16-2011, 12:31 AM   #601
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I figured it was a bad axle. But it's the one that I just replaced not even 2 months ago...
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Old 09-16-2011, 04:30 AM   #602
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do you have any marks from the tire rubbing the coilover?
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Old 09-17-2011, 07:45 AM   #603
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Nope no marks from the tire rubbing.
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Old 09-19-2011, 08:24 PM   #604
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I'm pretty sure that I have narrowed it down to the camber plate. It seems as if the bearing is bad. I don't know if it would cause a vibration like what I'm getting but If you shake the spring, you can hear/see the play in the bearing at the top. If the spring preload wasn't tight enough would that also cause the vibration?
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Old 09-20-2011, 08:28 AM   #605
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If the pillowball has any slop in it at all it'll click, clack, and clunk like crazy. Once the car is on the ground and the suspension is loaded the spring preload isn't going to affect noise unless you manage to completely unload the suspension while driving (tire off the ground for more than just an instant).
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Old 10-31-2011, 11:06 PM   #606
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Link for a great review of these.

Not my review, but looking for more info on these coil-overs led me here.
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Old 10-31-2011, 11:52 PM   #607
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here's a quote off the website that says they are not for road use??


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Before you lower your ride height, find out if you are allowed to do so in your state. The installation of the coilover kit is to be done only by a licensed mechanic. We recommend that you spray light oil on the threaded part of the coilover kit to prevent seizing of the spring seats. Do not use pneumatic tools.

After you have installed the Raceland coilover kit, test it by driving it slowly and re-tighten all bolts to the specified torque value. After the proper height has been determined, have your car professionally aligned. This product is intended to be used only in race cars and or show vehicles. The Raceland coilover kit is not to be installed in vehicles driven on public roads.

The disassembly of the shock absorber must be performed by Raceland mechanics. Please contact Raceland for information on the service required and the related labor cost and time necessary to complete any disassembly work. We do not accept any responsibility for any injuries or damage created by disassembling of the Raceland shocks by yourself. This should only be done by Raceland mechanics.

We caution you from driving on dirt roads and getting sand and grit on the threaded areas which may damage the threaded area and piston. If the piston rod is scratched, then the oil seal needs to be replaced, which we can do at Raceland. Please do not attempt to replace the oil seals because it is very dangerous. It contains highly compressed gases in the shock absorber. Do not drill the shock absorber because it will create flames. We recommend you do not modify the Raceland coilover.


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http://www.racelandus.com/p-127-coil...i-2nd-gen.aspx
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Old 11-01-2011, 01:15 AM   #608
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Just about every modification out there has FOR OFF ROAD USE ONLY warnings on them. It's likely to cover their asses if something goes wrong or cause the part isn't legal for street use.
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Old 11-01-2011, 09:20 AM   #609
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i put mine on in april and they are now junk. i am going back to a spring/strut setup for the winter. if i keep them they will be used for the coilover body and the rest (shock, spring, upper mount) will all be replaced with units of higher quality that are worth putting on a car.

you have been warned.
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Old 02-09-2012, 07:57 PM   #610
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Has anyone ordered raceland's new coilover kit for 08+ impreza/wrx/sti?
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Old 02-14-2012, 03:21 PM   #611
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could you elaborate a little bit on how you had them set up and maybe a little about your personal driving style? everyone is going to put their stuff through different conditions so just saying they're all around crap doesn't really help or hold any value unless you've gone through enough sets of them to diagnose any situation. Sorry, not trying to dig at ya, i just like to see that people get useful information and constructive criticism when reading about a possible investment.

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i put mine on in april and they are now junk. i am going back to a spring/strut setup for the winter. if i keep them they will be used for the coilover body and the rest (shock, spring, upper mount) will all be replaced with units of higher quality that are worth putting on a car.

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Old 02-14-2012, 05:10 PM   #612
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well, ill start out by saying i had them too low by most peoples standards. i was tucking about an inch of tire all around. i had the preload setup to spec, a couple millimeters tightened onto the spring and snugged up. i basically left the camber plates in the middle and adjusted camber down low, running around 2.5* all around the car.

the roads in milwaukee are pretty horrid, so i will definitely say these things got beat up in a hurry. when i took them off the car and cleaned them up the parts that were noticeably more worn than anything else were the pillow ball mounts. given that you would replace those with a nicer unit these coilovers might not be too bad. mine were clunking out of the box. they even sent me new ones, swapped them out and had the same result. they are just a cheap part.

the next thing i would do if i would run these would change out the springs to a nicer set that you know are more within spec. i would also bump up the rates to 8k/6k intead of the 7k/5k they come equipped with. this is mainly because i was running the car around pretty low and the spring rates that came with them couldnt keep my tires from rubbing holes in the fender liners and polishing the insides of the fenders for me.

that is my experience with them. they are already sold to someone else for cheap. i told him to basically rebuild them if he wanted something worth putting on a car and i completely believe that.

did they do what i wanted? yup. i drove the car around pretty low for the better half of a year. would i advise others to pay more upfront and at least go with a BC or stance coil instead? most definitely.
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Old 03-05-2012, 06:30 PM   #613
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parts do not get ISO9000 certified, companies do. ISO9000 is process control - you can make ****ty parts to ISO9000 standards.

ISO certification is not something you typically advertise to the end user.

ISO9000 is EXACTLY what you advertise to the end user. i work for an ISO9000 company and our competition is not. That certification is what makes or breaks a sale. when you have a mandated control of quality people tend to go or your product vs. the other guys....
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Old 03-05-2012, 08:19 PM   #614
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What customers do you have that even have a clue what ISO9000 is?

Usually that certification is what a business looks for in a supplier/mfg, not what a consumer looks for in a business. The average joe doesn't have a clue what it is, and probably hasn't even heard of it.

Besides, like I said, you can easily make junk parts in an ISO facility and using ISO practices. ISO9000 is quality management, which just means you're controlling your quality (be it good or bad quality that's being controlled).
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Old 03-05-2012, 09:19 PM   #615
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We can all agree this is a hobby, but it saddens me greatly when people neglect the fact that not only are their lives at risk, other's lives on the roads they drive are at risk. How could you possibly try out a coil-over kit that costs less than a quality set of summer tires?

I'm sorry to beat a dead horse but at some point it goes beyond just "Well two guys on a BMW forum gave them good reviews." You bought a minimum 25,000 dollar car and you're spending less than 1% or the cost of your vehicle on arguably the most important parts after tires. Broken suspension = Horrible consequences.

Just my $.02 and I'm not sorry if I offended anyone with facts.
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Old 03-06-2012, 08:30 AM   #616
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I keep reading mention of BC here. Are you guys reffering to Buddy Club? If so who would you recommend purchasing these from? I didn't even know Buddy Club was still around,I haven't used their stuff since the early 90's.
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Old 03-06-2012, 09:45 AM   #617
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We can all agree this is a hobby, but it saddens me greatly when people neglect the fact that not only are their lives at risk, other's lives on the roads they drive are at risk. How could you possibly try out a coil-over kit that costs less than a quality set of summer tires?

I'm sorry to beat a dead horse but at some point it goes beyond just "Well two guys on a BMW forum gave them good reviews." You bought a minimum 25,000 dollar car and you're spending less than 1% or the cost of your vehicle on arguably the most important parts after tires. Broken suspension = Horrible consequences.

Just my $.02 and I'm not sorry if I offended anyone with facts.
You're right. They should be doing what Megan Racing does. Make the part for the same cost but charge twice as much. That way they'll seem a lot more credible to people like you.

BTW, I've been driving on these things since Fall 2010. Seen two winters. Last year's was bad, but this year's wasn't.

Basically, the ideal recipe after buying these things, would be to buy some quality spherical bearings (PTFE lined) and raise these things as high as they'll go. I've done the latter but will eventually do the former.

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Old 03-06-2012, 09:53 AM   #618
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What customers do you have that even have a clue what ISO9000 is?

Usually that certification is what a business looks for in a supplier/mfg, not what a consumer looks for in a business. The average joe doesn't have a clue what it is, and probably hasn't even heard of it.

Besides, like I said, you can easily make junk parts in an ISO facility and using ISO practices. ISO9000 is quality management, which just means you're controlling your quality (be it good or bad quality that's being controlled).
They don't need to know exactly what ISO9000 entails. For a lot of customers, it's simply 'brand recognition'. ISO9000 doesn't really address design issues though right?

Still, I'd pick an ISO9000 company over one that wasn't.
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Old 03-10-2012, 01:52 PM   #619
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what are the 6 metal tools laying next to the spanner wrenches for?
i just purchased a set and dont know what these are for.
also with the camber plates what setting should they be at? or is that something that is used during an alignment only?

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what are the 6 metal tools laying next to the spanner wrenches for?
i just purchased a set and dont know what these are for.
also with the camber plates what setting should they be at? or is that something that is used during an alignment only?

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Call your vendor that you used to get them. Part of what you pay for is after sale support. If your vendor is any good they should know the product enough to tell you.
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You still bought a set after reading this?
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MUCH of the after sale support happens in the forums.

micac, the six 'tools' are actually brackets to hold the brake lines and ABS sensor wires in place.

Set the camber plates to whatever you want. I leave mine at full negative.
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Old 03-11-2012, 03:26 PM   #623
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These things are so tempting. Im in the market right now and the fact that these and the rokkors have 2 and 3 year warranties almost make me wanna buy.
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These things are so tempting.
I bet they are.


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