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Old 03-26-2012, 10:57 PM   #1
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Default DIY Coilover Covers | Protecting your investment

After my last coilover cleaning I decided to take some of the ideas that I have seen from members here and good old Google to help create this quick mod to my car.

Here are more mods on my build thread HERE.

It uses Denier, a polyurethane coated nylon material and is stitched with Velcro and 1/4" shock cord. It's washable, waterproof and mold resistant.

Besides the sewing machine, the materials I used were:

1 Yard of Black 200 Denier
3' Hook and Loop Velcro
3' Shock Cord
Spool of Black Polyurethane Thread

Thanks for checking it out!!

Here are the pictures...

This is why I did the covers.





Taking the top, bottom and height measurements.



Marking the material with the measurements. I angled the bottom to fit the bottom of the coilover tighter. I also added 2" to each dimension so I can fold over and sew all the ends.



Sewing all four corners over.



Once all four sizes were folded and sewn, then I measured where the Velcro should go.



Added the Velcro to the closing seams.



The shock cord was slipped into the top and bottom edges to create an elastic seal and to hold the cover tight on the top and bottom.



Shock cord holding the bottom down.



Nice, tight and now protected.

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Old 03-26-2012, 11:02 PM   #2
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great job! if I had coil overs I would be copying you :P
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Old 03-26-2012, 11:04 PM   #3
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Cool. Would you like to make a set for my KWs?

Mass produce them and become a vendor.
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Old 03-26-2012, 11:04 PM   #4
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very nice , think this would help to prevent seized lock rings.
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Old 03-26-2012, 11:16 PM   #5
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I see a mass production in the future.
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Old 03-26-2012, 11:23 PM   #6
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I'd love too, I have to figure out how to make them faster... These took about 3 hours but I'm sure with practice I will get better

Thanks for the positive feedback!!
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Old 03-26-2012, 11:25 PM   #7
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you could absolutely sell a crap tonne of these. i'd patent and mass produce these for sure!
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Old 03-26-2012, 11:51 PM   #8
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Got the same Stance GR+ coils...love them!
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:24 AM   #9
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Neat DIY. You can get these at Off-Road shops also.
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:55 AM   #10
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I would buy a set tomorrow if you start to make these...if you decide to start selling me PM me. I could probably get a few others interested too
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Old 03-27-2012, 08:01 AM   #11
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I would buy a set tomorrow if you start to make these...if you decide to start selling me PM me. I could probably get a few others interested too
Google "coilover cover" and you'll have yourself many options.
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Old 03-27-2012, 08:11 AM   #12
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here is the ghetto method:



Use garbage bag instead.



Use duct tape along garbage bag to close seam



Use zip-ties to close garbage bag around strut housing

DONE!!



and no sewing skills required!!
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Google "coilover cover" and you'll have yourself many options.
Your right, but it looks like you would have to take apart the coilovers to install them. The OPs version you could take on and off while the coils are still on the car which is a nice option if you just want to use them during the winter.
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Your right, but it looks like you would have to take apart the coilovers to install them. The OPs version you could take on and off while the coils are still on the car which is a nice option if you just want to use them during the winter.
There are many split back options out there.
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There are many split back options out there.
I'll keep looking.
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I did find a lot of different versions online which is where I got the ideas from. The actual cost of the material for this project was $26 so since I was willing to sew, it was much more cost effective to make my own rather then buy.
I will admit that I'm much better at taking pictures than I am at sewing but even the quality difference from the rears to the fronts was a big. In all honesty I feel I'm not good enough to make these for someone else, especially without testing for some time.

I'm putting the suspension back on today and I'll see over the course of the next couple weeks to see if they hold up physically to normal driving. If they hold up well and if I can figure an easy way to convert measurements for other styles of coilovers I would maybe try to make a trail pair for a couple members.
I'll keep updating...
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I'd buy a set.
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I'd buy a set.
I would as well. He'd be a smart man to offer them for like 20 bucks and make a little side business.
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I would love to get me a pair also... when winter hits I usually don't take off my coilovers so this would be great for the lock ring
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I would as well. He'd be a smart man to offer them for like 20 bucks and make a little side business.
Smart men dont sell things for below cost, especially after putting labor into it.

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Old 03-27-2012, 10:42 AM   #21
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Just gotta cook up a quick excel sheet with all the relevant details and price it out. Shouldn't take more than a few hours for him to calculate his retail price.
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I've always had this idea, way to be innovative and have it turn out amazing
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I've always had this idea, way to be innovative and have it turn out amazing
its a nice DIY, but the idea is nothing new or innovative.
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Old 03-27-2012, 10:59 AM   #24
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Those look great - how do they hold up to heavy travel? IE, does the velcro separate when the coilovers are fully compressed, thereby exposing the coilovers again?
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how about a zipper
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