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#1 DCVR

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Posted 29 April 2014 - 6:30 PM

Rear Shock assembly.......where does the washer go? Is there supposed to be a washer under the top hat assembly? And is there supposed to be one under the main nut? Wot thickness?
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Posted 30 April 2014 - 1:51 AM

What bits are you using for what?
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Posted 30 April 2014 - 4:30 AM

What bits are you using for what?


All good am having another crack at it this weekend........will let you know how I go
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Posted 30 April 2014 - 5:56 AM

No I mean what top hats, what springs, what shocks etc?
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Posted 30 April 2014 - 8:07 AM

swapping out v7/8 shocks for billies with Dobi springs. Needed to do top hat change on the billies. Noticed they didn't have washers in their assembly whereas the V7/8 ones did. Banged the billies in the BF and they were knocking like a mofo but it was more a metal on metal sound. Wondered if they were supposed to have thick washers like the v7/8 ones I have do.
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Posted 30 April 2014 - 8:18 AM

Ok but what spring and top hat? BC pre-facelift? Facelift? GC/GF?
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Posted 30 April 2014 - 10:36 PM

I'm assuming the v7/8 shocks already in the BF are a factory shock and spring with a pre facelift 2 piece top hat............I don't have the history on them beyond that.

The billies are strait out of a B4 and had a 1 piece top hat but I didn't take any notice of the model. They had Dobi lowered springs on them. The BF tophat fitted strait up to the Dobi springs no prob


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Posted 01 May 2014 - 2:46 AM

2 piece top hats are facelift. Put the top hats on the shocks without the springs and see what hits where, and where any washers are needed.
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Posted 01 May 2014 - 5:21 AM

Yep am having another crak at em this wknd
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Posted 01 May 2014 - 5:31 AM

I had to add a 4-5 mm thick washer under the nut when I fitted gtb billies to my series 1. The shaft on the billies had a shoulder that was bigger than the metal thickness of the top mount

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Posted 24 September 2014 - 7:26 AM

Hey know this is old post got rear struts repalced in my pre facelift bc5,nd got new tophats,noticed starting to get a rattle when jit bumps,have replaced all rear bushes still doing it.is this same issue you guys are having.running low king springs and kyb excel g shocks,cheers
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Posted 27 September 2014 - 4:38 AM

The washer goes directly under the main top hat bolt. If you had it wrong, trust me, you'd notice, the racket from driving frank with no washers to the engineering shop was incredible! Are the struts new? That said, excels aren't inverted, so shouldn't get the dry lube knock of the STi KYB's and Bilsteins...
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Posted 28 September 2014 - 5:10 AM

yep what Rubes said ........a thick washer directly under the top hat........mine was completely missing
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Posted 07 October 2014 - 6:54 AM

So do i put it directly on strut under top hat or do i put it under big nut ontop that holds it alltogeather
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Posted 07 October 2014 - 7:02 AM

Have it under top nut atm,buy stil slight knock im wondering if my rear control arm bushes are puked
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Posted 07 October 2014 - 7:16 AM

Have it under top nut atm,buy stil slight knock im wondering if my rear control arm bushes are puked


it doesn't go directly under the nut...........it goes under the top hat



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Posted 10 October 2014 - 5:08 AM

See, I put mine in the top hat, directly under the nut...
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<Shale>: Blighter doesn't really have an accelerator pedal, it's more just a loudness pedal. You can change volume, but you won't go any faster.


<mjlqtown>: (Southern US accent) I'v excised the demon! This car is now clear!


<Reuben>: I feel like when you stomp the throttle in Blighter, it's like you've startled an old man!




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