DIY: ILX coilover installation

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    Post DIY: ILX coilover installation

    Hey guys, i'm here to provide you guys with instructions that i never got when installing my coil-overs.
    I was in a hard debate between the D2 coil-overs and the ksports but in the end i ended up going with D2's because the purple looks nice. Also ran out of daylight since i received them at 6pm and went to work on them asap.

    installation took about 2 1/2 hours since no instructions were included, and i had to figure out on my own how they was suppose to be set up.

    ** DISCLAIMER : I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR MISTAKES I AM JUST HERE TO GUIDE YOU TO INSTALLATION. IF YOU ARE NOT MECHANICALLY INCLINED, I SUGGEST TO HAVE SOMEONE THAT IS DO IT !!! ***

    Tools that you will need.

    1/2 or 3/4 Breaker bar(1/2in prefered)
    1/2 Ratchet
    22MM socket
    19MM socket
    17MM socket
    14MM Deep socket
    12MM socket
    17MM open end wrench
    14MM open end wrench
    needle nose pliers
    flat head screwdriver
    Allen or Hex Keys for top of the strut if your coilovers don't provide you with some.

    I prefer deep sockets but whatever floats your boat.

    How i got them.




    Step 1 optional - You can do front or rear first but i decided to let the car sit evenly on jack stands.


    Step 2 - I wanted to knock out the rears since they are more time consuming and a little harder. Start removing the plastic clips from the trunk liner. Then push it aside so you can reach the strut.
    There are about 10-12 push clips, 4 involve a flat head screwdriver and the rest you can just pull out with your nails.


    Now evenly pull up through out this whole plastic thing (idk what its called) and it should pop right off


    Step 3 - Push the interior lining towards the middle so you have room to maneuver around in there. Take your Allen/Hex key and a 14MM open end wrench to loosen the top bolt on the strut. **excuse the unfocused pic, it was kind of hard to fit my big ass camera in there.


    Step 4 - Now go under and unbolt the strut with a 14MM socket.
    Future ilx mods
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    -Buy more wheels
    -tint
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    Step 5 - Take the spring out. I didnt have a spring compressor on hand and the spring was already 80% hanging out, i know ill get flamed for this but it SAFELY POPPED OUT. It didnt over exaggeratedly shoot out and break my face.


    And now it should look like this.



    Step 6 - My D2 coils required i cut off a few rubber pieces so the spring would sit in level




    Step 7 - install the coilover spring and strut. I didnt get a pic putting the spring on, but put the bottom in place than push down on the trailing arm to slip the top into place. Bolt the strut on with the 14MM bolt then use a floor jack to raise the trailing arm up till the top of the strut can be seen inside the trunk of the car. Go inside and proceed to bolt on the strut using the 17mm and allen/hex key. voila should look like this !


    Step 8 - Drink a glass of water and eat your friends chips. By now, you'd be a little sweaty and dehydrated. You should be finished with the rears

    Step 9 - On to the front ones! Pop that hood and remove these plastic covers. Use your 14MM long socket to ** BREAK THEM LOOSE DO NOT TAKE THE NUTS COMPLETELY OFF **



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    Step 10 - Take your wheels off, you shall be staring at this.


    You will need....
    white circle - 14MM
    Red circle - 12MM
    Orange circle - 19MM
    Green circle - 22MM
    Blue circles - Needle Nose Pliers

    there are two sets of 19mm and 22mm so prepare to break a sweat.. again.



    Step 11 - You shall be looking like this. Slip the top into the shock tower first and hand tighten the 14mm bolts onto them. Now to avoid straining your back, get the floor jack and raise the hub up until you can slip the 19mm bolt into place. Bolt everything up and double check everything is TIGHT ALSO REMEMBER !!!! there is an adapter on your coilover under the lock sleeves that bolts onto your sway bar, tighten it up with an allenkey/hex key to keep it in place.


    Sorry, i would have pictures but my camera died shortly after this pic ^

    Enjoy some iphone5 camera pics of the finished product.




    This is my first DIY thread, any comments are welcome and if you are unsure on what to do. Feel free to leave a comment or PM me.

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    Nice tutorial ; but one question . You bought them because they were purple ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Popeye View Post
    Nice tutorial ; but one question . You bought them because they were purple ?
    Taiwanese mass produced coilovers with Purple perches VS
    Taiwanese mass produced coilovers with Orange perches

    When it's the same dame product you better believe it comes down to color.




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    Nice write up and thank god you are in So Cal lol..

    Tein's Basics is probably what I'll end up with!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Popeye View Post
    Nice tutorial ; but one question . You bought them because they were purple ?
    Thank you, I kinda wish my camera didn't die so I could get more pictures.. And yes exactly what ilxluv said. There is pretty much no difference between both coils other than I ordered mine with custom spring rates. When I did some reading on each coilover, I read d2's would go the lowest. But the bad side about having a low ride is giving up comfort. Its not quite as smooth as stock, and it bounces a little but that's what the dampening is for. Plus purple just looks good (:

    Quote Originally Posted by ilxluv View Post
    Taiwanese mass produced coilovers with Purple perches VS
    Taiwanese mass produced coilovers with Orange perches

    When it's the same dame product you better believe it comes down to color.
    Well said.

    Quote Originally Posted by ILX6speed View Post
    Nice write up and thank god you are in So Cal lol..

    Tein's Basics is probably what I'll end up with!
    Thank you sir. Haha and yeah just let me know whenever you need help. I have the tools to take apart the ilx from piece to piece.

    IMO I wouldn't go with the teins, other than the nice green paint they come in. They won't be that much off from the d2's or ksports. The plus about getting the d2's are the front camber plates and you can adjust them any way including dampening. I have teins basics on my integra and luckily I got them for free, or I would have just bought something well worth it. The d2's bounce a little, but look how low I am.

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    Drop looks good, I am trying to decide between these and the Megan street coilovers. My friend has the megan ez coilovers and the car is slammed and rides nice. Like you I want the adjustable camber up front. I think the Megans can go at least this low. What do you plan on using to adjust the rear camber?

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    I chose the d2's over the Megan's because 1. They dampen 2. Front camber plates 3. I've never heard anything really good about Megan's and I like purple. The ride so far is decent, I haven't gotten around to messin with the dampening or anything yet so it bounces a little bit.

    I'm gunna go to buddyclub or skunk2 and see if they have a camber kit for the rear. Or install the 9th gen civic one to see if It can work with little to no modification.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlammedILX View Post
    I chose the d2's over the Megan's because 1. They dampen 2. Front camber plates 3. I've never heard anything really good about Megan's and I like purple. The ride so far is decent, I haven't gotten around to messin with the dampening or anything yet so it bounces a little bit.

    I'm gunna go to buddyclub or skunk2 and see if they have a camber kit for the rear. Or install the 9th gen civic one to see if It can work with little to no modification.
    The megan street kit has dampening adjustment as well. Skunk2 and Megan both have camber for the rear.

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