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    Coilover thread care..

    Advice on protecting the threads please. One of mine is seized to f*ck after 2 and a bit years. I used grease spray on the threads above the collars and insulation tape underneath, tried to pressure wash the grease and re-apply as often as possible but now it won't even move with a hammer and drift....the tape works a treat but isn't viable above the collars as I'd have to remove the struts every time I want to adjust it.

    I'm going to replace them with the same ( I can't afford "decent" coilovers before anyone starts.. ) These still work fine after two years apart from the thread on one. So, has anyone a super idea on how to keep them nice?

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    Coilover thread care..

    I've had my bc racing coilovers on for years and I just spray and clean the threads with a rag.they still move easily with the wrench.
    I've just fitted some cheapis to the drifter and covered the thread in copper grease hopefully that should do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M3 tim View Post
    I've had my bc racing coilovers on for years and I just spray and clean the threads with a rag.they still move easily with the wrench.
    I've just fitted some cheapis to the drifter and covered the thread in copper grease hopefully that should do it.
    Difficult to wipe the threads above the collars because the springs are in the way, that's why I used spray grease and pressure washed every now and then. Trouble is with the grease/copper slip is that loads of grime sticks to it. I'm thinking the thread has picked up a big bit of shit when I wound them up last time. Unlucky maybe? I can't really moan as some people say these are shit but they've lasted over two years and still work fine apart from this issue. I reckon I can sort the thread out tbh but don't want to take it off and bugger it up and be left not being able to use the car. If I can sort it the thread out I have a mate who'll give me 100 for them.

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    Mate of mine wraps his in carrier bags and cable ties them on. Sound deranged, but they're 3 years old and like new.

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    Coilover thread care..

    Quote Originally Posted by Disco Stu View Post
    Difficult to wipe the threads above the collars because the springs are in the way, that's why I used spray grease and pressure washed every now and then. Trouble is with the grease/copper slip is that loads of grime sticks to it. I'm thinking the thread has picked up a big bit of shit when I wound them up last time. Unlucky maybe? I can't really moan as some people say these are shit but they've lasted over two years and still work fine apart from this issue. I reckon I can sort the thread out tbh but don't want to take it off and bugger it up and be left not being able to use the car. If I can sort it the thread out I have a mate who'll give me 100 for them.
    I had a set of acs second hand that cost 2k new and they seized,it took a 3ft stilly to free it off,shitting it while I did it as i wanted to sell them on too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ABM View Post
    Mate of mine wraps his in carrier bags and cable ties them on. Sound deranged, but they're 3 years old and like new.
    That does sound deranged...

    Given me an idea though I could copperslip the threads and I have some thin rubber sheets at work that I could cable-tie around above the collars. Could snip the bottom tie to raise up and put another tie on when back down. It's literally only so I don't piss Mr MOT man off by having hassle getting onto ramps and when there's a few inches of snow on the ground. Nice one.

    BTW, does he used Lydl bags as they're expensive? Tesco ones wouldn't last the week!

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    Coilover thread care..

    Quote Originally Posted by Disco Stu View Post
    That does sound deranged...

    Given me an idea though I could copperslip the threads and I have some thin rubber sheets at work that I could cable-tie around above the collars. Could snip the bottom tie to raise up and put another tie on when back down. It's literally only so I don't piss Mr MOT man off by having hassle getting onto ramps and when there's a few inches of snow on the ground. Nice one.

    BTW, does he used Lydl bags as they're expensive? Tesco ones wouldn't last the week!
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    I've said this before but I reckon there's a market for a bigger version of these for coilovers:



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    Quote Originally Posted by M3 tim View Post
    Bag for life!!
    Bag are for groceries. Oh...sorry, wrong forum!

    Quote Originally Posted by cforehead View Post
    I've said this before but I reckon there's a market for a bigger version of these for coilovers:



    Neoprene - stretchy, splashproof and easy to remove as they velcro up.

    Lizard Skins Chain Stay Protector | Buy Online | ChainReactionCycles.com

    Another idea! Old wetsuit in loft, velcro strips in kitchen draw.... Forums are great for ideas

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    You can get Lizard skins for the suspension on mountain bikes - I am pretty sure that they are a similar diameter to coilovers and quite "stretchy".....

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