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Old 04-07-2015, 08:59 PM   #1
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Strut and caster camber plates install

Okay, finally installing my Koni struts and Maximum Motorsports caster/camber plates. I have a question about the anti lock sensor.

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Do I need to remove the sensor from the back plate with that Torx looking bolt?


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I'd do it just to get it out of the way if its causing issues. It comes right out.
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I'd do it just to get it out of the way if its causing issues. It comes right out.

Do you happen to know what size Torx bolt that is? I'll need to buy a wrench or socket.


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I know this isn't the proper way to do things but I got a small socket over it, around 6 or 7mm I believe lol


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I forget the size. I've got a toolbox with a bunch of sizes in SAE and Metric so I just guessed at it and got the right size on the 2nd or 3rd try.
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It says "lubricate the bumpstop and slide it over the strut shaft". Lubricate it with what? It doesn't say.

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I would use a good quality synthetic grease for stuff like that.

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I would use a good quality synthetic grease for stuff like that.

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Well, I ended up using WD40 lol


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It's not tightened...
I'm stuck on my next step. The strut is all the way up right as you see it in the pic. But, the bottom of the threaded strut stud doesn't meet the bottom of the plate bearing.

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The strut shaft spacer configuration @maximummotorsports has in the instructions won't work. Should I configure them to suit my needs? Should the strut be fully extended, and then the spacers used to bring it down just shy of fully extended?




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After talking with a few folks, the consensus is that I shouldn't have an issue with the strut shaft hitting the underside of the hood.

Anyone have any issues with their strut top and the hood?
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Yep, its actually very common. My Cervinis hood had rub marks on both sides from them. It was minor and I just let it "clearance" itself. You can take a dremel with a cutoff wheel and take out some material if its not the actual main part of the hood itself. Should not be in that location.
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Granted I did not install my CC plates myself, but the shop that did used a putty to check for hood clearance.

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Here's how my luck goes nearly all the time when I work on something

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I removed the passenger side Cc plates I had installed loosely so I could use my azure blue paint I had left over from my Dr Color Chip order last spring. When I did that, I lost two of the small washers. Anyway, I found out they are grade 8 3/8" washers so I bought some at the hardware today.

I have everything together (minus the washers) and I'm stuck on being able to torque down the strut tops. My smaller impact gun isn't strong enough to loosen lug nuts so I haven't even tried it. I'm kind of afraid to die to the CC plates bearing. It's not a rubber bushing. Will an impact gun even tighten the strut top? The strut top has a hex key at the end, so I bought hex head sockets today and will try to tighten it better this evening. Any suggestions?

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The drivers side still needs my washers I just bought before tightening the Cc plates.

Other than having to install the CC plates, the struts are fairly easy and I think my impact gun would tighten them if I had the old factory bushing strut mount.

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I just finished installing my Koni's at the base about half an hour ago. What a difference they are! They are a tad bit stiffer but wow! They make the car handle so so much better.


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I just finished installing my Koni's at the base about half an hour ago. What a difference they are! They are a tad bit stiffer but wow! They make the car handle so so much better.


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I finally finished up Saturday. I bought an Allen wrench socket so I could get the strut top tighter. I hit it with my cheapo impact gun, but it didn't really seem to tighten more. Anyway, hopefully it's tight enough lol.

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These Koni STR.T's are flippin' great! They ride really smooth. It's still firm and sporty, but not rough and bouncy. It's noticeable on the highway too. It feels more under control and planted to the road. I'm very happy with them. The Maximum Motorsports CC plates look good and I'm sure when I get her aligned it will be a breeze to adjust.

I set up the bearing plate in the positive orientation. Per Maximum Motorsports suggestion, I'm going to ask for the following setup...

4.5 deg positive caster
.5 deg negative camber
.5 deg toe-in.

I hope to get it aligned Tuesday. Gonna rain tomorrow.


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You sure have one gorgeous Mach1. And glad you got it all buttoned up. Looks like it all went in like it should have. What springs did you go with? I am debating now which ones I want. I don't want to drop mine too much less than 2 inches for sure. I was thinking FRPP B springs.


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You sure have one gorgeous Mach1. And glad you got it all buttoned up. Looks like it all went in like it should have. What springs did you go with? I am debating now which ones I want. I don't want to drop mine too much less than 2 inches for sure. I was thinking FRPP B springs.


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I went with Eibach Sportlines. I was trying to be close to the stock spring rates as the Mach 1's have. The Sportlines were really close. I think it's about 1.5" to 1.7" of drop on Mach 1's. I totally forgot to measure before I had them put in LOL. The Mach's are supposed to be 1/2" lower than the GT's, so it might be closer to 1.8 to 2" for GT's, but it should look the same as what mine looks like since we are just comparing before VS after. I liked the H&R Super Sports, but I was worried they would be stiffer than I'd like up front. I'm happy with how they turned out. My next bigger purchase is a set of Eibach sway bars to match up with the springs.
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I have the H&R supersports and I like them a lot. Got a little more drop with then verse the others on the market. I still want it about 1/2 lower up front but whatever. I do need to get a little taller tire up front like a 245 45 verse the 255 40 I have now, that would eat up about 3/4" of the gap I have now. I didn't really think about it when I bought the wheels and tires.

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I finally finished up Saturday. I bought an Allen wrench socket so I could get the strut top tighter. I hit it with my cheapo impact gun, but it didn't really seem to tighten more. Anyway, hopefully it's tight enough lol.

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These Koni STR.T's are flippin' great! They ride really smooth. It's still firm and sporty, but not rough and bouncy. It's noticeable on the highway too. It feels more under control and planted to the road. I'm very happy with them. The Maximum Motorsports CC plates look good and I'm sure when I get her aligned it will be a breeze to adjust.

I set up the bearing plate in the positive orientation. Per Maximum Motorsports suggestion, I'm going to ask for the following setup...

4.5 deg positive caster
.5 deg negative camber
.5 deg toe-in.

I hope to get it aligned Tuesday. Gonna rain tomorrow.


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Just make sure you take it to a shop that isn't like... a Midas or something for the alignment. They'll look at you like you have 3 heads and try to tell you that factory spec is XYZ.
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At my local Ford dealership getting aligned today. I mentioned the caster camber and toe settings that MM suggests. We will see how it goes. The alignment tech is a pretty good so we'll see what he says about those settings.

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At my local Ford dealership getting aligned today. I mentioned the caster camber and toe settings that MM suggests. We will see how it goes. The alignment tech is a pretty good so we'll see what he says about those settings.

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I'd ask for some sort of documentation that they set the specs to what you asked for. They should be able to do some sort of printout.
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I'd ask for some sort of documentation that they set the specs to what you asked for. They should be able to do some sort of printout.
I believe they give you a before and after, but I'll check before I leave. Still not done with it yet.
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Looks great. Thanks for sharing this info.

There is no clearance issue between the hood and the strut thread, right?


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Looks great. Thanks for sharing this info.

There is no clearance issue between the hood and the strut thread, right?

I was a little nervous about the spacer setup Maximum Motorsports said to do for lowered cars, so I went with one large under and the rest on top of the CC plates. It seems to stick up high, but it clears easily.

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I think it would have been about a 1/4" taller if I would have used the MM spacer setup.


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