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In Topic: D2 Coilover Blowout

Yesterday, 09:07 PM

View PostTurbo Cary, on 25 March 2019 - 08:54 PM, said:

The steering coupler you made was one of the easiest things to install. Literally remove the column, remove the end of the O.E. coupler at column,and bolt yours on. It took me about an hour. The hardest part was reaching the bolt to reattach it at the gearbox.

Some people are not mechanically inclined. They want to work on their cars and upgrade them but don't fully understand what they are doing. Life is far too short to cater to a small group of people. While some of the old ones are good, the generation coming into ownership of these cars are cheap, instant gratification types.

I think so too, but mechanical inclination aside, the write up is a step by step, with pictures. Any idiot with basic hand tools should be able to manage, yet... without fail, someone refuses to read the instructions and then acts like it is my fault that they are an idiot.

That is my entire point. Installing coilovers is not hard. Especially if they would do a little research first. Then when they are not JRI quality for the cost of made in Indonesia, that are self-installing , people whine and complain and post their uneducated opinions.


In Topic: D2 Coilover Blowout

Yesterday, 08:20 PM

View Postspeedyquest, on 25 March 2019 - 08:33 AM, said:

I'm not looking to start an argument about this topic but I'd like to share my opinion on a few points.

I'm a firm believer in the idea that criticism, even if it comes from a person without an answer or alternative is still valid if its true. Its not a requirement for me to also be selling coilovers to the community for mine or anyone elses concerns or opinions to be valid or at least considered. As a matter of fact I'd imagine if I was talking critically about another vendors product that would come off as hate or slander.

Im a fan of constructive criticism. Otherwise, without a valid alternative, it’s just whining. Truth is a very subjective term. Your truth may not be mine. Saying the guys stuff is “sketchy” is a form of slander. Especially if you haven’t even put your own hands on a set.

View Postspeedyquest, on 25 March 2019 - 08:33 AM, said:

That is not a bad idea and might even work, although there things that would need to be true before that would work effectively. The main issue I see with thinking "well don't complain because you can fix that by doing X thing" is that people believe they are buying a bolt on solution. The majority of people don't have the tools or knowledge to be modifying a set of coilovers they probably assumed they could just install and enjoy. Lastly and maybe most importantly if the seller isn't aware of the need for sleeving the coilover body how would you expect customers to come to that conclusion?

It will work, in fact I have used this technique many times in my professional life. I am a fabricator by trade, for over 20 years. How are we to know what anyone believes when purchasing these? I don’t see anywhere that these have been described as “bolt on”. If a consumer just buys something without researching the process of installing that item... that is on them. As for the understanding of how to address the concerns of using sleeves on the inside and how would someone know to do that... I don’t know... it’s seems like common sense to me, but as they say...”common sense isn’t very common anymore”.

View Postspeedyquest, on 25 March 2019 - 08:33 AM, said:

People are always going to have criticism about most anything. I personally believe that the only vendors that have been ran off by being "picked apart" are vendors selling inferior products. From talking with people who have sold here before but stopped it had nothing to do with people having negative things to say about the quality of the product or how they worked, it was instead the fact that people wanted products for next to nothing. Basically being too cheap.

Cop out answer... legitimate constructive criticism is one thing... but an ignorant customer base is something entirely different I have been a vendor for a long time. I have a great reputation for what I have offered to this community, yet I don’t bother to keep parts in stock and sell as needed any longer. The reason? 2 reasons actually... cheap people and ignorant people that can’t read descriptions and instructions. This community is full of cheap people that can’t follow simple instructions. Almost everyone has seen the write ups with pictures that I did for the steering universal joint, but almost every time I sell some, I have one or 2 people that just can’t seem to read and comprehend. Or just refuse to try. Then they screw up their car or parts and want me to fix it for them, because they are too dense to read and follow instructions. The little bit of money I make per part isn’t worth the aggravation of dealing with idiots.

View Postspeedyquest, on 25 March 2019 - 08:33 AM, said:

That is a very valid point. Personally I only spoke about my opinion because someone asked and not because I have any ill will towards the guy making something and trying to sell it. As you might have noticed I'm not posting all over the forums bad mouthing the coilovers. I think my opinion is just that, an opinion and if people want it they can ask otherwise I'll keep it to myself in most cases.

Apparently you think my response was a direct response to you. I was speaking more generally and used some of your phraseology as a reference. Maybe the PM conversation would have been a better idea, but since you and others decided to rip a guys product apart in public, I figured someone should point out the flaws in y’alls little bitchfest. You and I just obviously see this from different perspectives. I can see it from his perspective that people wanted cheaper coilovers, and he found a way to make that a reality, and also that he may not have even seen this thread where a few people are trash talking him and his offering to the community, and I can totally understand if he does see it and says, “oh really? Well, now you only have D2s as an option, cuz if y’all don’t appreciate what I’m trying to do for y’all, I’m out”.


In Topic: D2 Coilover Blowout

24 March 2019 - 08:11 AM

They may not be as nice as D2/Ksport/XYZ coilovers, but I don’t see them as unsafe, or sketchy.

Are they cheap?....sure.

Will they last the life of your car?....doubtful.

Are they a better option than 30+ year old suspension?....yes.

Do any of you offer a better alternative?.... a resounding no.

Let’s just call them what they are. They are cheap parts from overseas that may need some creative solutions to seem less sketchy. The only thing I see about them that I don’t like, is the problem Speedy mentions. The butt-weld. That’s a fair concern. So why not add a sleeve inside to connect the 2 halves and hold them in alignment before welding? That wouldn’t be a difficult or expensive solution would it? The diameter of the shock/strut shaft shouldn’t be a concern. The spring and perches manage the vehicle load, the internal valves of the shock control the bounce and rebound and ride rate. I see know way that smaller shaft will be a problem. My 4000 lb galaxie has thinner shock shafts than that, with no problems.

Listen guys, I am not endorsing these parts. I’ve never laid my hands or eyes on a set, and I don’t personally know this fellow that is offering them.

What I do see is a new vendor bringing cheaper options to the community. Which is what the community has been crying for. I also see this community reacting the way it always tends to.

The people complain about the availability of new stuff.... “why don’t we have lots of coilovers like the civic crowd....”
then new stuff comes along.... ”yay D2 Ksport etc”
then it’s too expensive.... ”not everyone can afford $1k for them, or weld them, why are they so much, we need cheaper options”
So other options come along.... “yay, legion elite are here at a substantially lower rate”
And then people start picking them apart..... “they are cheap rebranded parts, they are sketchy, they aren’t as solid as the expensive ones”

Well, what did you expect?

If there are concerns, talk to him. Make suggestions. Otherwise, you’re just going to run another vendor off and be back to crying about availability again.


In Topic: Fuel system refurbishment

13 March 2019 - 08:53 PM

View Postvarzaman, on 13 March 2019 - 09:00 AM, said:

Dropping the fuel tank is the only thing I'm worried about. Any tips or gotchas?

It’s not bad.

Like stated above, plan to replace the filler neck coupler hose. Put the car on jack stands. Drain the tank into a bucket or large pan. Remove the LR wheel and the plastic shield in the back of the LR wheel well. Disconnect the filler neck hose. (You’ll probably have to just cut the hose). Use a floor jack and a plank of wood (2x6 or 2x8) across the bottom of the fuel tank to lower the tank after you remove the nuts holding it in. Disconnect the wiring to the fuel pump, and the fuel lines. That’s about it, as I recall. Not difficult at all.


In Topic: Fuel system refurbishment

10 March 2019 - 10:06 PM

If you are going though the fuel system, be completely thorough. Do it once, do it right.  Clean the hardlines, just in case. Unless you have owned the car since new, you donít really know the entire history of it. I have dealt with the rusty, varnished gas, etc hardline issue by plugging them under the rear of the car and filling them with muriatic acid, let that sit for a bit, and flush with water/baking soda mix, then flush again with acetone and blow out with compressed air. That should have your lines clean and ready to go. Finally, plug them again and fill them with a mix of gas and 2cycle oil or gas and atf to rust proof them until ready for use again. I have used this procedure a few times with good results.