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Old 03-14-2019, 08:12 PM   #16
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so how was the ride with the stock strut mount and the GC/Koni setup?

I need to check my Konis to see what size the top nut is, and also need to find the collars, but I think already... fun surprises. thanks for making this thread
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Old 03-16-2019, 08:01 AM   #17
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Craftsman socket are overly thick. Other name brands tend to be thinner and fit fine. I have an off-brand set of deep wells that fit as well. Just have to find a socket that is slimmer, or buy one and turn/grind it down to fit.

Oh, and the wrench they were talking about was probably something like this:



This allows you to get an hex wrench in there to hold the strut shaft from turning. Technically you aren't supposed to use an impact, but I always have and haven't had an issue. :shrug:
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I measured way back in the day, not even a thin wall socket is going to fit in this situation. The opening is just too small no mater what you do to tighten that 22mm top nut using the stock top mounts.



2Man, had no complaints with the set up at all. Eventually I did pick up a set of GC camber plates though. Really the only reason I picked them up was for the simple reason that the camber plates lower your car an additional 12mm in comparison to the normal top mounts (well plus you can adjust the camber to get a little less tire wear).





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But with Camber plates versus the regular strut mounts aren’t you introduced a lot more noise and road feel into the cabin? Makes sense to “tighten it up” for a race at but I’m aiming for a good street setup.... yes I could’ve done a spring / shock combo but my GC/ Koni coilover setup is almost the same price so why not? Plus I can fine tune the rates to perfectly suit me
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Just to follow up, I used Sachs upper mounts PN 31331139452. They fit a 22mm socket just fine.
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If you read closely they are actually Boge-Sachs
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But with Camber plates versus the regular strut mounts aren’t you introduced a lot more noise and road feel into the cabin? Makes sense to “tighten it up” for a race at but I’m aiming for a good street setup.... yes I could’ve done a spring / shock combo but my GC/ Koni coilover setup is almost the same price so why not? Plus I can fine tune the rates to perfectly suit me

Nope, no noticeable difference in noise/ anything. If your looking to save a few bucks though I'd say just skip the camber plates and instead put some new top mounts in.


Also IMO you might as well do the GC kit route over a spring/ shock set up like you said. GC is a little more money of course but it's nice you'll have the adjustment, plus you have multiple options for spring rates.


Side note, If you don't shorten the strut housings.. make sure at the very least you cut off the stock spring perchs and weld on the GC perches. I originally assembled everything without cutting the stock perches off but it didn't lower the car enough. Pics bellow from my old coupe on OEM top hats, non shortened strut housings, and GC spring perches.








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+1, I learned quite a bit over the years since making this thread .
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