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Old 08-01-2011, 08:27 PM
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people here driving with coilovers in winter?

Coilovers would be a mod I would like to do on my car (my daily driver) My car is a AWD so I use it during winter. It would give me the best of both world: Getting little dropped during summer and getting a stock height during winter.
Does someone here in CANADA have a set of coilovers on their G and use it during winter? if so, did you encounter some problems?
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I would like to know also because I will be driving my G through winter this year.
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I was curious so I did a quick search...not much to be found but it turned up this brief comment...
http://panoramic-3d.ru/forums/g35-sed...ml#post5991259
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Coilovers would be a mod I would like to do on my car (my daily driver) My car is a AWD so I use it during winter. It would give me the best of both world: Getting little dropped during summer and getting a stock height during winter.
Does someone here in CANADA have a set of coilovers on their G and use it during winter? if so, did you encounter some problems?
two main issues with this to deal with.

- Winter is hell on coilover adjustment threads, even with corrosion protection.
- if you're planning on changing ride height seasonally, you will mess up your alignment.
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I have a couple friends that do this, the coilovers take a bit of work to get moving in the spring usually some bolt break spray. the one guy was talking about wrapping them in duct tape see if that helps. However the two guys that I have actually seen lower the cars after spring both got it done in an evening.
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I raise and lower my car for summer and winter driving and it is not to much of a hassle. The comments about the adjustment threads is true although mine have never seized or anything just sometimes they are tough to get started.
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I have a couple friends that do this, the coilovers take a bit of work to get moving in the spring usually some bolt break spray. the one guy was talking about wrapping them in duct tape see if that helps. However the two guys that I have actually seen lower the cars after spring both got it done in an evening.
Just an idea: one should test/try spraying some PlastiDip over the threads for winter and then peel it off in the spring. That stuff seems to be used for 'everything' else.
To quote the old gal from Frank's Red Hot..."I put that $h!t on everything"!, lol
I think duct tape will just trap moisture.
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Its not worth it. As said it destroys the adjustment threads, along with the dampers. That and when the temp gets well below freezing theres a chance the dampers will near seize, and that wont be good for anything.
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Not all coilovers have metal adjustment threads some have plastic so the salt will not ruin them at all. I have BC racing coilovers and the adjustment threads are plastic so they have been fine so far.
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I would like to know also because I will be driving my G through winter this year.
Kws have stainless steel bodies.

So you're good.
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I have bc coilovers and i have never put anything to protect it.
So far its been ok. My settings are low enough for summer and winter so i dont really touch it anymore. I dont see any rusting but hear occasional creaking.
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Kws have stainless steel bodies.

So you're good.

Nice..... I wont raise it until it starts snowing bad anyways

I want to plow the streets this year
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^^You should put some good rust proof on those rolled and pulled fenders or you will see some serious rust.
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Honestly I dont even care about my car that much anymore.... Gonna use it as a daily/work car and move on to something else
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Thanks for all for the inputs!

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I have bc coilovers and i have never put anything to protect it.
So far its been ok. My settings are low enough for summer and winter so i dont really touch it anymore. I dont see any rusting but hear occasional creaking.
You have them for how long? Do you have to make an alignment each time you change the height?

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