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FSDs - Adjustable?

The rear FSD shocks for my 156 have "Adjustable" stamped on them. What does this mean on the FSD (length?) and how do you adjust them?

I ask because the springs (Eibach Pro-kit) are not seated as firmly as I would like and are making a bit of noise. The springs went on with minimal compression (we didn't even bother using the spring compressor - just leant on them a bit to get the nut on).
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Re: FSDs - Adjustable?

I have my FSD's here but havent had time to fit them yet. I believe the rear springs should have been fitted with the lower rubber insulator that goes between the spring and the spring pan. The front doesnt need the insulator as the Eibach springs come with clear plastic tube on the lower part of the spring and are a tight fit on the damper.
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I have my FSD's here but havent had time to fit them yet. I believe the rear springs should have been fitted with the lower rubber insulator that goes between the spring and the spring pan. The front doesnt need the insulator as the Eibach springs come with clear plastic tube on the lower part of the spring and are a tight fit on the damper.
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Just had a look at the old shocks and sure enough there is a nice little rubber insulator sitting there on the bottom spring pan. Didn't even notice it there. It was late, we were tired etc...

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Re: FSDs - Adjustable?

- not sure there is much you can do but to either live with it or open up the rear suspension and fit the insulator. I found the rear to be much easier to do than the front but still its a couple of hours wasted to fit them.
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- not sure there is much you can do but to either live with it or open up the rear suspension and fit the insulator. I found the rear to be much easier to do than the front but still its a couple of hours wasted to fit them.
I'll put the insulators in. Should only take an hour or so...
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if you do the following:

* remove the wheel
* remove the rubber of the old strut
* cut a slot the rubber
* remove top 22mm nut from strut
* slacken the both 22mm nut until its almost off
* push up eibach spring
* slip on the rubber.

Thats what i did with mine > 2 years ago, no issues
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i have a question not directly linked to this thread.i want to change the shocks & springs on my GT.what's putting me off is getting to the top shock mounting nut in the rear.is it difficult to remove the side storeage and other plastic trim without breaking any fittings lugs etc.
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in the GT, you will find that the storage bins are divided into 2 sections: forward and rear. basically, the actual storage bins are the rear section, and a separate part. the forward sections comprise the boot light on one side, and the 12V cig socket on the other. these forward sections can be removed separately, and that provides access to the strut tower nuts. pull aside the carpet trim. easy.

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thanks shiny car doesn't sound too bad. i'am ok with the oily stuff but hate trim.
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Re: FSDs - Adjustable?

Well I fitted the FSD's and Eibach today - about 5 hours all done.

The rear dampers are stamped "Top Adjustable" but I dont believe they are and Koni just using a standard Top Adjustable case but fitting them with the FSD internals
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I did a little more research after I started this thread. Apparantly some Koni shocks are internally adjustable for rebound - they are adjusted by compressing the shock completely (which engages some cunning mechanism) and turning the shaft a few clicks one way or another. No real point in doing this as they should come adjusted correctly for the car, but it raises the question of whether the (cheaper) GTA dampers can be adjusted to the same settings as the "normal" ones...
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Dunno how you managed to fit springs without spring compressors
 
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Dunno how you managed to fit springs without spring compressors
The fronts needed to be properly compressed, but the rears went on with only very slight compression.
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That explains it then - rears dead easy yeah
 
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That explains it then - rears dead easy yeah
Although I must admit that getting the rears on the first time was probably made even easier by leaving out the bottom spring insulators

All sorted now though (took an hour to do the job if anyone is interested)
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