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#1 LeForce

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Posted 16 January 2017 - 02:44 AM

I just bought a 1983 ZX & I plan a V8 engine swap, body restoration, & suspension upgrade, therefore I'm searching for some decent aftermarket coilovers. I'm aware of the few threads discussing how to install S13 coilovers on the S130 but my concern is being unable to locally source the required second hand parts needed for such modification, such as the front spindles, since both the S130 & S13 are extremely rare in my region. So, I'd prefer a 100% bolt-on solution, to my understanding, an S13 rear set such as the Megan's would bolt directly in........is that correct? So, I'm thinking of getting a rear S13 set & getting the front set offered by Techno Toy Tuning.

Doing some online search I found a full D2 set offered by PhantasmUSA: http://www.phantasmusa.com/d2n025.html

It looks too good to be true,so I just sent them an email as I'm afraid the set is falsely advertised as for the 280ZX.

I'd appreciate your suggestions & advice  



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Posted 16 January 2017 - 09:39 AM

Read up on the S13 swap. You just need the S13 coilovers and the rest of the parts already have in your car. Fabrication is required but if you are doing a v8 swap then that should not be an issue

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#3 LeForce

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Posted 16 January 2017 - 12:57 PM

Read up on the S13 swap. You just need the S13 coilovers and the rest of the parts already have in your car. Fabrication is required but if you are doing a v8 swap then that should not be an issue

The Megan S13 set seems to be the most popular for such swaps, but in theory I could use any S13 aftermarket coilover set ....correct?



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Posted 16 January 2017 - 06:56 PM

Just order the listed parts from an online supplier.  Like rockauto or anyone who will ship there.  There are more benefits to more modern spindles than just being able to bolt on CHEAP coilovers like Megan.  Tein makes nice ones, QA1, Penske  there are many.  I like to swap the better brakes and stuff at the same time.



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Posted 16 January 2017 - 08:32 PM

I noticed that it's pretty hard to buy only 2 rear S13 coilovers, they often come in a kit of 4.



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Posted 17 January 2017 - 04:13 AM

Just order the listed parts from an online supplier.  Like rockauto or anyone who will ship there.  There are more benefits to more modern spindles than just being able to bolt on CHEAP coilovers like Megan.  Tein makes nice ones, QA1, Penske  there are many.  I like to swap the better brakes and stuff at the same time.

Can you please elaborate, which 'listed parts' should I order? I've checked QA1 & they offer parts for domestic cars only, as for Penske, they offer coilovers for the GTR only! If you have installed aftermarket coilovers on your ZX then I'd appreciate your advice with details :) I also need to make a list of all needed suspension parts. I found bolt-on BBKs with Wilwood calipers.

Can you guys confirm that a rear S13 coilover set would bolt directly in without any modifications?



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Posted 20 January 2017 - 01:52 PM

I did some search & I decided to order something a bit better than the Megan set, so I decided to go for the S13 Stance XR1 coilover kit, with 8kg/175mm front & 6kg/200mm rear spring rate. I'm going to try to mimic the steps in the s13 coilover swap thread. If you guys got any further advice then kindly let me know.






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