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RSX megan coilovers on 01-05 Civic/1.7EL

Just an update:

I got the RSX parts installed on my 2001 1.7EL over the weekend. It turned out great:

- The megan coilovers and rear camber kit fit great

- I didn't have to shave anything off the rear coilover bushings either, so a plus there.

- The outer tie rods also fit great

- I was thinking about drilling my front knuckles to accommodate the 16mm crash bolts, but couldn't be bothered, so I just used the 14mm crash bolts and tightened them pretty well. I'll try to source some reducing washers and will install them after, if I get them. It doesn't have much play when loose though.

- I also have little to no camber on all four wheels after the install. No toe issues either.

I've noticed (and found from searching) that the front megan coilovers don't necessarily go too low, as I'm all the way down and the body is sitting just over the wheel. I don't want to mess with the preload, so I'm planning on removing the bottom lock ring in the fronts to go down a bit more. The rear is pretty low, and can go down over 1" more.

Anyways, thanks again for your help.:tup: Great site!!! Has lots of useful info.
 

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sway bars on the 7th gen make all the difference in the world if you have a dx or vp which doesn't have one at least the 04 05 anyway. as far as the rear camber arms go ingalls smart arm is the best camber arm your going to find for the 7th gen. its the strongest and lightest that was made for the 7th gen.
 

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Depends how good your shocks are. You will most likely need to replace when you replace the springs. If not you will definitely need to replace them in the future because they are not going to be able to handle the drop and stiffer spring rates.

I thought my stock shocks were good untill I put my Eibach's in and the rear end was very bouncy!
 

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Hey guys just wondering if there is any good aftermarket companies who make tie rod ends for our cars and if so will replacing them improve my turning radius? Just a quick question because i need to replace the bushings anyway. I havent done too much research other than a google search that didnt give me much
 

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Thanks for the response, I think Ill go with neuspeed sport springs and buy some good affordable shocks any suggestions?
Well in order to handle the larger drop of those springs you are probably going to want to stick with Koni's. These are an excellent shock but a pain to instal (there are DIY's online).


Hey guys just wondering if there is any good aftermarket companies who make tie rod ends for our cars and if so will replacing them improve my turning radius? Just a quick question because i need to replace the bushings anyway. I havent done too much research other than a google search that didnt give me much
Your turning radius is determined by the rack and pinion so it won't have any affect on that. Moog makes nice tie rods, OE are nice also.
 

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Thanks man I have to say youre the most helpful guy on here haha

Ive got another suspension question for ya. How do I go about looking for new springs to go lower on my bc coilovers? I know the front spring rate is 8kg and the spring is 6 and 1/2 inches tall and 3 inches wide and the rear is 10kg with 5 and 1/2 inches tall and 3 inches wide
 

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I would first contact BC and see if they can send you shorter springs. I know some suspension manufactures will sell you shorter ones. You can steal shorter springs from another coilover. Maybe find a set of used ones cheap (blown shocks) and if the length and rates are right use them.

If not I would try Swift Springs. I believe you can custom order the rate and length that you want.

Eibach does custom work for Ground Control not sure if they will for individuals, give them a try.
 

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okay so swift has a set of springs for me for 99 each. I also called bc and they said by just changing the springs I wouldnt be able to go lower on just springs because the spring would move around when the wheels are drooped. Or atleast thats what I understood. They told me to buy the extreme drop kit which i believe is a shorter shock body and spring. Is this true? do I need the extreme drop kit or can I just run the shorter springs?
 

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Well they are correct that the shorter spring may cause the spring to momentarily come loose when the suspensions drops over bumps. Some coilovers have what are called helper springs which keep tension on the main spring when the suspension is drooped. Lowering the shock further then it was meant to handle can cause premature wear and poor ride/handling qualities. They want you to get a shorter shock body to maintain shock travel with the shorter springs.

More info:

http://www.swiftsprings.net/products/universal/assist-helper-springs.html
 

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My 03 Civic LX Coupe needs new shocks on all 4 corners. The Monroes on RockAuto are $67 and $89 for rear and front respectively but Sensens are significantly cheaper. I can get a set of 4 for about $150. They are considered economy. So whats the difference between OEM (monroe) and the "economy" Sensens and what's the difference in part quality? And also should I get all new strut mounts at the same time since it will be convenient? I'm on a budget but I'd be willing to spend more money on the Monroe parts for better quality. thanks.
 
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