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Nissan s13 coilover suspension fitting guide
This is a guide for how to fit brand new coilover suspension to the Nissan 180sx / 200sx / 240sx. Suitable applications for this guide: – Nissan 180sx (s13 jdm) – Nissan 200sx (s13) – Nissan 240sx (s13 usdm) – Nissan 200sx (s14) – Nissan Silvia (s14 jdm) Disclaimer Please note that following this guide is entirely at your own risk. The 180sx Club is not responsible for any personal injury to you or to a third party and neither is it responsible for any damage done to your vehicle while attempting to follow this guide. The 180sx Club provide these workshop guides for experienced mechanics to use, if you are not confident that you have the correct skills then please take your vehicle to your favourite professional garage to complete the work. Most imported Nissan 180sx and Nissan Silvia s13’s will have already been fitted with a set of aftermarket coilover suspension. From talking to many owners of these imports it seems quite common for the coilovers to be poorly suited to our lesser quality roads, so replacing them becomes a priority. I found that my own car’s JIC Magic coilovers were leaking and not compressing properly, so I felt it was time to change to a replacement set. I have written this guide to help other owners get through this job as quickly as possible. Feel free to add comments. What will you need? – Socket set – Breaker bar – Impact gun – Axle stands – Wheel chocks – Hammer – 2 x Trolley jack – Replacement set of coilovers Instructions We decided to start with the rear suspension first. – Jack your car up from the rear We chose to use the hefty rear differential as the jacking point. – Brace the car Put the axle stands on the inner chassis rails (or anywhere hefty) and put the wheel chocks in front of the front wheels. – Pop your boot and look at the rear strut towers. If you have a rear strut bar then you must remove this, then undo the two 12mm nuts holding the top of the coilover in place. Slacken off most of the pressure from the 12mm nuts, but leave them with a few rungs of screws still exposed so they are supported from the top. – Go under the rear arch and locate the bottom of the strut. It is secured by a 17mm (?) bolt, this will need to be hammered by the impact gun so go grab yours and give the bolt the good news over and over until it starts spinning on the thread. Now use a heavy duty ratchet or breaker bar to work the nut off. I love the noise of impact guns early in the morning.. – Remove the two loosened 12mm nuts from the top and extract the entire strut assembly. Wiggle it around until it clears the varies holes then you should be able to remove it fairly simply. – Inspect your … [Read More]