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Old 05-13-2004, 01:55 AM   #1
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Default Problem with my springs

I lowered my 02 Sl2 a couple weeks ago with intrax springs. I kept hearing this rattling noise like a spring wasn't sitting on the perch right or the nut around the strut shaft wasn't tight. It boggled my mind. I never had a problem with any noises, not even when I bought cheapy coilovers for my civic.

Every time I inspected the setup, it was while the car was on the lift. So I decided to look at the spring while they were compressed. Found that the coils were really close to each other.

Upon further inspection. I found that the coils have been smacking each other(powder coat was flaking off). I put rubber hose between the coils(only a couple coils on the bottom). Guess what no more rattle.

Any ideas? Bad design?
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Old 05-13-2004, 02:56 AM   #2
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Hey einstein, you don't have to post in every section you see...most of us will migrate over to the s-series section when we're done...with that said, you weren't the first to think of it, if you search, you'll notice that it's common, and alot of people have done this before...everything from water hose type deals to wire loom...it's not a design flaw. they all do that...
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you can use some split wire loom from radio shack and slide it over the bottom coils on the rear springs. the issue is that the lowering springs are shorter (duh) than stock so they tend to bounce off the stock spring perches when the rear suspension is fully extended. a saturn is not a civic.
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Hey einstein, you don't have to post in every section you see...most of us will migrate over to the s-series section when we're done...with that said, you weren't the first to think of it, if you search, you'll notice that it's common, and alot of people have done this before...everything from water hose type deals to wire loom...it's not a design flaw. they all do that...
It has to be a design flaw. I've lowered many cars. using all types of springs. never had any problems. If the spring is installed correctly and it never stops rattling, that is a flaw.
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I wouldn't consider it to be a flaw. The stock springs don't rattle like that -
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A flaw is something they didn't plan on...

in this case, in order to give the best ride, handling, and such they had to compromise...

thus it's not a flaw..
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A flaw is something they didn't plan on...

in this case, in order to give the best ride, handling, and such they had to compromise...

thus it's not a flaw..
Ok it's not a flaw. It's just bad design. I like that part "best ride" If it rattles how can it be the best ride?
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I wouldn't consider it to be a flaw. The stock springs don't rattle like that -
stock springs don't rattle becuase they are longer and take up the space provided by stock struts. when you install shorter springs you have extra play in the springs when the rear suspension is fully extended. only the rears have this issue. the fronts are under tension so they don't rattle. it's not a flaw. it's not bad design. that's just how it is. say you have 8 inches of rear strut travel and the stock springs free length are 8 inches so they take up the alloted space. now replace the spring with one that's got a free length of 7 inches. you still have 8 inches of travel but only 7 inches of spring in that space which lowers your car by 1 inch. at some point when you extend past 7 inches to the 8 inches max, your spring is free to bounce off the spring perch and you'll hear a clanking sound from the rear.
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