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Old 01-03-2018, 11:56 AM
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Default 3000gt struts in stance housings question

Turns out the 3000gt strut outer diameter is a perfect fit for the inner diameter of these blown stance coilovers.

However the 3000gt strut is a little long and extends out the top of the housing (ie you can see about 1" of the yellow housing protruding. Is this a deal breaker? I know the top bearing for the strut is in that protruding part, is the yellow tube enough to support it?



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Old 01-03-2018, 02:45 PM
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I think the yellow tube would support it with the small amount sticking out. You'll need to come up with a way to secure the dust seal. I put them in Buddy Club housings and to get the ride height where I wanted, the strut housing hit the sway bar link. I filed the bump off the back of the link and reduced the interference, but it still would occasionally rub.
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Old 01-03-2018, 05:47 PM
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Thanks for the response,

I think i will lathe up some collars that slide over the top of the unthreaded top part of the tube and then weld them in place to extend the housing to fit the strut.

Can you elaborate on what you mean? Do you mean with the bottom mount adjusted you had too much sticking out below, causing interference?

I have been digging into older threads and saw you mention your Buddy Clubs. do you have any details on how you went about it? All of the photos have been purged.
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Old 01-03-2018, 05:49 PM
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I could also machine a snap ring groove into the collars to hold an appropriate 40mm seal.

What about shortening the yellow housing? could i not push the bearing at the top further into the yellow housing and then part off the housing to shorten it? or would that also require me shortening the shaft?
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Old 01-04-2018, 08:44 AM
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The Buddy Clubs were inverted 36mm so they had the slide bearings in the housing already. I removed the 3kgt from the housing and mounted them inside the BC housings. The 3kgt exposed shaft is longer so I had to add an additional slide bearing. That worked but there was less "overlap" between the strut body and housing so it's not as stable. If you shorten the yellow housing to get it to fit, you'll have the same problem and the strut will likely pop out of the lower slide bearing in the housing.

I did have to adjust the bottom mount to compensate for the longer strut and get the ride height where I wanted it. The modified stock strut housings that are used for the 3kgt struts have about 2" added to the bottom for this purpose. I don't have the car any more but I reviewed my pictures and the problem with the housing hitting the sway bar end-link was due to a different modification.
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Old 01-04-2018, 09:08 AM
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Hmm I wonder if I'm going to run out of threads at the top where the spring collars are if I have to bring the mounts up ~2"...

Adjusting the lower mounts like you say just increases the usable travel doesn't it? Ride height set by the length of spring and the spring collars?
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Old 01-04-2018, 09:56 AM
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You'll be OK. I was able to run 8" springs and 2" tenders. The 3kgt strut is listed as 5.5" travel but it includes a 3" bump stop. I cut mine down to get more travel and you can do the same if needed. Use an Allen wrench and a 17mm box wrench to remove the strut from the yellow sleeve, trim the bump stop as needed and re-assemble before installing it into your Stance housing.
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Old 01-04-2018, 11:35 AM
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