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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-22-2014, 12:32 PM Thread Starter
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Still waiting on parts to be shipped by Wednesday, but here is a sneak peek at my FE1-FE5 suspension overhaul. So far have these parts and I think it will make the suspension much stiffer than what it came with.

-CrateEngineDepot FE5 strut/shock combo
-Moog Sway Bar endlinks 9.85"
-Moog Strut boots
-Moog Spring seaters
-Moog Spring bottom insulators
-Moog Strut mounts
-Tein S Tech lowering springs (1.7" all around)
-Prothane 5/8" red strut bushings
-Prothane strut mount bushings
-Eibach Front and Rear swaybars (23mm front, 21mm rear if im not mistaken)
-Prothane sway bar bushings (23mm front, 21 mm rear)
-AC delco rear spring insulators

Here is the progress so far:

Rear suspension completed


More images coming next weekend after I get the parts delivered

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-22-2014, 01:42 PM
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Part numbers would be nice. Did it really lower it by 1.7"?

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I dont know for sure, but it did close off the wheel to fender gap area very nicely. Before I was able to squeeze almost my whole hand from top of tire to fender gap. Now, I can squeeze just 2 fingers in, so I assume its close to what they claim. For part numbers on moog, here ya go:
-Endlinks: K80252
-Strut Mounts: K160052
-Strut boots: K90460
-Spring seat w/Insulator (KYB, not moog): SM5570
-Bottom Spring Insulator: 160137

I will pull the Prothane numbers too if you need them.

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Very nice haul. I believe blu3_v1p3r's got Tein springs on his LS. Don't think he's too happy with them though.

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I have the teins on my LS and the ride is very bouncy. After about a year the spring were sagging and there was a lot of coilbind/dead coils.

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When I get home from DC I'll take a picture of how it sits ss now. I think i can barely get 1 finger between the rear wheel and the fender

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He might have better luck with new fe5 struts, mine were used, and are leaking/blown now.

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Can't be much worse than my springs. Pedders, started off great but quickly succumbed to rust and lost rate. It's a lesson learned.

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So happy you finally admit that you, have no idea how long I've been saying that. Switch to YYZ's and you'll know why I always recommend them.

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This reminds me I still have to call fortune auto and talk to them about using my car as the test car for them to build a new set of coilovers for us.

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I have heard mixed reviews on Tein S techs. Their really good quality for name brand springs, but some ride horrible. I get instant response, but then again, I am using Moog, KYB, and Prothane pieces. I know the AC Delco strut mount bushing is horribly designed, thats why I went with Moog.

Far as clearance goes, mine is a bit over 2 fingers gap, perfect IMO for clean DD'ing. Some people prefer tire tuck method, but thats up to the owner for when it comes to cornering. I have also heard Eibach sway bars are horrible, but I have owned a set for my Suuby, ran beautifully. Its all based to the owners opinion. If you expect a whole lot from just a few bolt on pieces, you need to upgrade even more. I have owned as well GT Spec H brace for my MSP with a whole suspension overhaul and sway bars. That brace made the biggest improvement, but required every bit of suspension upgrade to make the difference.

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Mods: K&N Typhoon Intake, Option Cat-Back Exhaust, Cosmo Short shifter, Maxxim Ahead 17X7's, MPx shorty antenna, FE5 Strut/shocks, Tein S Techs, Moog endlinks, Moog spring seaters, ZZP shorty header, LSJ downpipe, LNF front grille

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I have b and g springs and it actually rides about the same as stock and I'm pleased it also handles a lot better than stock so I would recommend them and the drop is nice to
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