Sunday, September 5, 2010

more low weekend! **

before lowering

At long long last we got around to installing coil-overs on my Trueno this weekend. The photo above is the last time that the space between the wheels and arches will ever be seen!

We started by opening up a second hand set of Japanese coil-overs I picked up a while back. I had also purchased second hand barely used MCN/AVO inserts, as we did not know what inserts lay inside the new tubes.

To our pleasant surprise a PERFECT set of short stroke adjustable TRD/Tokico blue inserts were there. So they went right back in...

I spent a bit of time cleaning the spring perch threads with the wire wheel machine...

Here Kev reinstalls the cleaned Cusco adjustable top mounts..

And after the brake discs and new bearings were transferred over from the old struts, and a quick coat of satin black for freshness..

They were ready to meet the new Australian made 40mm RCAs from AJPS.

Front end off the jacks and things were looking good!

Attention was then turned the rear, and some squishy "Vmax" 35mm lowering springs fell out, along with a pair of standard Monroe shocks.

Leaving this handy shelf for coffee when working on the back end of the car!

The new MCN/AVO rear coil-overs are so easy to install, and height adjustment is very easy - just jack up the car, let the axle hang, and then turn the perch to the correct height..

After a few adjustments and final checks:


And then off to Mondello to take in some Japfest and Prodrift action.

The front is a still a tiny bit too high, so I will wind it down a few mm to get the correct subtle nose down stance I want, and the lateral rod must be adjusted slightly too, and after that its some more tracking and camber settings, but even straight off the jacks the car feels so great. The 6kg front and 5kg rear springs are perfect for the rough Irish roads, but the car still feels stiff and sporty. I have to experiment a bit and do some track days to find the correct settings for the front and rear dampers but I'm very very happy with the drive. Not to mention arch gap is well and truly deleted!


  1. Nice!!! How much you pay for the rear coilovers?

  2. thanks! they are €220 each from, and you can choose spring rates. Instant height adjustment is awesome, and you also get 28 stage rebound damping adjustment.