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    Default s13 front coilovers into 86/*e7*

    you will require the following parts


    s13 front coilovers

    ae86 camber tops

    s13 front brakes complete with hub arrangement can use CA or SR

    S13 LCA's.

    RA60 series rackends

    pair of rack boots

    Bluebird TRX tierod ends. (model 910, series 1, 2 or 3)

    8 nissan mag wheel nuts (as wheel studs have different thread)

    installation is self explanitory pull your old s*** out, installation is the opposite. fit the 86 cambertops to the s13 coilover and fit to strut towers. redrill the crossmember hole that the LCA bolts to, to 13mm size as the sprinter LCA bolt is smaller in diameter. the LCA can move around if the bolt doesn't "fill" the crush tube in the bush. so i highly recommend you use the S13 bolt and drill the mount hole on the crossmember out, it's piss easy anyway.

    fit up the lower control arm, and bolt on the hub complete with brakes, then bolt the hub to the coilovers.

    you must change the rack ends to *A6* series ones (MA61, RA60, SA63 etc) or not enough thread goes into the tierod, effectively decreasing its strength quite dramatically EDIT: after wheel alignment this wasn't as bad as first expected. you can use the 86 tierod ends but the taper is slightly different so there will be play = noise. *A6* series and RA40 tierod ends are the ones to use.

    installing the new rack ends is easy enough, remove your old rack boots and bend back the locking tabs where the rack joins the rackends. undo the 86 ones and replace with th *A6* ones. i used loctite on the threads as i damaged my lock washers so couldn't refit them.

    fit up some new rack boots (FYI i used repco universal rack boots didn't have to trim them or anything and they were $14 ea) thread your tierods on as far as they will go, bolt them up to your steering arm on the hub.

    you will have to redrill the holes for castor rods if you use a S13 arm, not a big deal though. just line the castor rod up with the arm mark your holes and drill away.

    by now everything should be about right, use the s13 brake hoses they will thread into the 86 solid line fine. if you choose to run CA brakes you can keep the stock 86 13/16ths master cylinder and you are restricted to a rim size of no less than 14 inches. if you want to run SR brakes you are limited to 15 inch wheels and need to upgrade to a 15/16ths master cylinder, you can use S13, R32,33 or 34 abs masters (abs masters only have 2 ports) you will have to change solid brake lines to suit this master. bleed it all throw some rims on using nissan wheel nuts as the thread is different to toyota, and drop it. set your heights (if adjustable height coilovers are used) and get a wheel alignment.

    you have gained

    front height adjustablity
    more steering lock
    bigger vented brakes
    track increase (est 20-30mm per side)


    it's a cost efective option if you don't mind going nissan, i feel a lot of hachi drivers are purists though and like to stick with the toyota bloodline. so you don't see it done that often.

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    handy addition.....


    aw11 rack ends and standard s13 tie rod ends provide a much nicer fit for the steering end
    Last edited by fantapants; 27th January 2014 at 10:18 AM. Reason: retardedness

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    s13 front ftw

    had it in both my hachis and swear by it.

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    fantapants...might want to edit that to AW11, just in case people get it confused with ae111

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    AW11 rack ends and s13 rod ends are for the absolute win.
    fits in both end perfect +ability for aftermarket pillowball tie rod ends if you keep breaking them on the ripple strips.

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    my bad lol
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    hi guys i used s15 coilovers and the ride hights is quite low on the highest ajustment is this because s13 and s15 are fully diffrent.
    It Aint A Motor If It Aint A Rotor.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    i think s15 are actually longer. all the nissan stuff is quite low, but if you have base adjust it is doable... or just run crazy low lol
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    coilovers or standard.

    i thought the s13 standard struts were the shortest and the s14 and s15 were the same, and a bit longer. Coilovers are identical acros the range in terms of length and stroke due to the adjustment inherant
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    thanks for your help guys i didnt have thwe tool to adjust the hight when i took for drive its like massivly way to low exhaust scrapping every bump. must get a higher wheel
    It Aint A Motor If It Aint A Rotor.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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