Installed my LG Coil-Overs
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Dave@EFI




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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 5:49 am    Post subject: Installed my LG Coil-Overs Reply with quote

Well the install went pretty well....only a few hitches.

I purchased the LG Motorsports coil-over kit & Hotchkis swaybars from West Coast Corvettes. Here's the review, it's a bit long wided, but there are some helpful hints for anyone contemplating the system.

Hotchkis Swaybars: 10 out of 10 in everything. Easy to install, well priced IMO, and perform like a mutha!

LGM Coil-Overs
Build Quality: Very good - 9 out of 10. Bilstein Shocks & Hyperco springs (Blue) are a very good looking combo, but not flashy at all. The components look top notch.

Fit & Finish: This gets a 7 out of 10. The lower shock mount had 2 problems. First the mounting bracket requires longer bolts in order to fasten up securely. The stock bolts will not be able to thread. Being that there was no instructions, a first timer would not be able to anticipate and prepare for this. Secondly, the mounting holes for the lower bracket were drilled off center, so one bolt hole in each shock had to be cleaned up in order to get the mounting bolt through.

Being that this is a retrofit kit to the stock monoleaf set-up, we did anticipate minor fitment issues, but the clearances between the A-arms and various other suspension components bordered on the verge of contact. This was a bit nerve racking to me, but upon the test drive, we found no odd noises or physical evidence of rubbing.

Installation Difficulty: This one gets a 6 out of 10. The removal of the stock suspension components is very simple and straight forward. The installation of the coil-overs requires both muscle and concentration due to the tight tolerances in the new components. Adjusting the ride height is time consuming as we had to install the wheels & tires following completion, then lower the car, then measure ride height at all 4 corners, then jack it up, remove the wheels & tires again, then adjust the collars, then drop it, then do it all over again till we arrived at the desired height......you get the idea!

Performance: This one gets a 10 out of 10. The car corners like a go-cart and the adhesion is greatly increased. On the flip side, the ride quality (as anticipated) was greatly affected, and though there is no excessive noise, it's stiff as hell. Then again, if I really cared about that, I would've stuck with the stock stuff. :EFI SMASH:

Value: Gets an 8 out of 10. I would definitely buy this kit again, and for the quality of the components in the kit coupled with the increased performance in the corners, I would consider this a pretty good value. If performance is your bottom line, this is the way to go IMO.

The Bottom Line: This is a very well put together kit. The overall install time was probably in the 6 hour range when I deduct the time we took for buying the new bolts, lunch, soda breaks, etc...The items we needed to be included were longer bolts for the front lower shock mounts (1.25x60x2.25"), and spanner wrenches for adjustment. Luckily, my buddy had spanner wrenches s from his tein kit so we were able to complete the install. The clearances between the various newly installed components bothers me a bit, but the fact is there is no rubbing. When we jack the car up the upper arms on both the front & rear make contact with the height adjustment collars, and that again bothers me. The adjustability for the shocks is great, but the ride is harsh. However the overall improvement in performance makes it all worthwhile to me. If you want to take the handling of your C5 to the next, next level; look no further than the LG Coil-overs and Hotchkis bars. Just remember that this is a very little compromises race set-up.

Lastly, thanks to Steve & Glee of EFI Design for the excellent installation. Here are some pics from the install!

Aloha, Dave







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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice write up. Did you have to adjust the ride height after driving around some (and things settled)? Were you stock suspension before? How is the ride?
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a warning, your brake lines are on wrong. They should make a nice smooth S shape, Not curve in toward the shocks.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BigJohn, yes sir I did adjust it a bit and it helped a little. I am used to them now and wouldn't want it any other way.

davidfarmer, great observation. The pic was taken before we were done buttoning everything back up. All the lines, clips, screws, bolts, nuts, etc...went back exactly as they came off (where applicable anyway).

Thanks for the heads up!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

great write-up! Cool
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2005 12:51 pm    Post subject: SS Brake Lines Reply with quote

Are SS brake lines going to do anything for a stock setup or are they only good when going with a complete aftermarket system? Brake systems are too exspensive. Anybody recommend an intermediate (aka less exspensive) brake upgrade than a complete system.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2005 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice pics. I am thinking of something similar, more out of interest. I've found a few "vendors" offering coil-over setups. Any feedback on the ride after they were installed for a while?

SS lines do provide a firmer pedal feel, as they do not expand as much as the rubber lines.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2005 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you get a chance to weigh the components vs stock or notice a big weight difference ??
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2005 6:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great write-up. Thanks
Have wanted those forever. I currently have VBP springs and all, do you feel the "indepedance" of the individual springs?
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