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    Coilover conversion hardware

    Does anyone have a good source for steel weld-on coilover sleeves so I can convert the McPherson strut setup in my Celica to adjustable coilovers?

    I would have thought this would be the easiest thing in the world to find but everything I've come across online is either the wrong size (my strut tubes are 51mm OD) or are made of aluminium. I swear these things were readily available 10-15 years ago, now they don't seem to exist any more?

    This is the sort of thing I want, just a threaded sleeve and some spring perches to suit 65mm springs, but made out of steel so I can weld it onto the strut tube:



    If anyone has any leads I'd appreciate it.
    Norbie!

    #2
    Why in particular do you want to weld it on?

    Usually with either steel or alloy, it's typically a turned-up collar to locate and support the sleeve, on the strut rather than some sort of "fit" for direct welding.

    Would have thought 2" would be common too? If there's a lack of local supply and a datto size works, Stewart Wilkins down here should have them - think they're all zinc plated, which would require a bit of wire wheeling before welding, if attempting attachment with your method.

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      #3
      Well I'm open to other attachment methods, but the "conversion kits" I've come across have alloy sleeves and no obvious way of attaching them to anything, so I'm at a bit of a loss here.

      My Supra has struts with steel sleeves welded on (I bought them already converted) so I kind of assumed that was how it was done, happy to be corrected though.
      Norbie!

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        #4
        Early commodore guys cut up struts and weld steel sleeves.

        Friend used the kenko kit

        https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/191957277648

        On a side note anyone seen people selling the clip on piece for brake lines?

        Sent from my HTC One M9 using Tapatalk

        Originally posted by 50RTD
        Dave, have you uploaded the data from the carby?

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          #5
          Yeah I've noticed there are kits out there to suit Commodores, if they had a 51mm strut tube I'd be set, but sadly they're 49mm or something so I can't use them.
          Norbie!

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            #6
            Pretty sure I can get 51mm, let me check and ill post back

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              #7
              Originally posted by Rasta_papa View Post
              Pretty sure I can get 51mm, let me check and ill post back
              Awesome, thanks!
              Norbie!

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                #8
                My bilstiens just have a little circlip holding the Coilover thread in place, well not in place but from falling out the bottom.

                but not to be a cunt, did you try and google. these are my first listings after searching "51mm coilover sleeve"

                https://www.performancesuspension.co...ed-sleeve-only
                http://www.maddat.com.au/suspension/...leeve-kit-51mm
                https://www.suspensionconcepts.com.a...C_SC44503.html

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by ROBAPHENT View Post
                  but not to be a cunt, did you try and google. these are my first listings after searching "51mm coilover sleeve"

                  https://www.performancesuspension.co...ed-sleeve-only
                  http://www.maddat.com.au/suspension/...leeve-kit-51mm
                  https://www.suspensionconcepts.com.a...C_SC44503.html
                  Yes I certainly have googled it, a lot! Like I said most of the results I found had aluminium sleeves, like your first link does. Second one is unclear, but the third one looks like it might be a winner!
                  Norbie!

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                    #10
                    I'm fairly sure I got a set from GSA back in the day: Home (gsad.com.au)

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                      #11
                      Try Kenco Racing https://www.kencoracing.com.au/index...coil-over-kits
                      Or Toperformance http://www.toperformance.com.au/prod...ting-hardware/


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                        #12
                        I got mine from Toperformance, steel tube with alloy hardware. They have a couple of different diameters too for the strut leg and spring.
                        They won't be as cheap as any of your online options though.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Komdotkom View Post

                          I got mine from Toperformance, steel tube with alloy hardware. They have a couple of different diameters too for the strut leg and spring.
                          They won't be as cheap as any of your online options though.
                          Funny that, I got parts from there too this week. Very knowledgeable guy and I got all the parts in the post the next day. I thought the parts were actually quite reasonably priced for what I wanted to convert the rear of my 64 Malibu to a divorced coil over setup.

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                            #14
                            Second vote for Suspension Concepts. I used their centre section to convert some Group A Bilstein legs with the rest of my own system. Would bang again.

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                              #15
                              I wound up getting the one from Performance Suspension linked above. It turns out this is the same one Benny from the Benny's Custom Works youtube channel used on his Sigma, and he was able to confirm it's a steel sleeve so that was all I needed to know.



                              They look pretty nice!
                              Norbie!

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