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    ok if all that fails tomorrow then ill do that

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    once you get them sorted make sure you give us a good review on them because i have also been looking at them coilovers. where abouts are you getting your 4 wheel alignment done at aswel? because i dont live that far from ulverston so was just wondering for when i get some coilovers hope you get em sorted soon.


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    Right, Ive tried everything this morning with no luck!
    Ive had to resort to removing the adjuster all together along with the anti-squeal pad and this is how she sits now (I'm really bad at taking pictures)



    As you can see Ive just and so got the tyre to tuck into the arch, but gone to the extremes of removing the adjuster to do it! will it still be safe is the question?

    If also emailed the part number to FK themselves AND venommotorsport asking them to cross reference them and make sure there the right springs for my car.

    And to answer your question kenjackson, to be honest for the money they are a cracking kit, i know Ive had the problems with the rear but the front is spot on! handles very well with next to no body roll, Ive got 20mm left of threads on the front and the ride is comfier then what i thought and not bouncy either unlike the JAMEX coilovers i had on my previous car which bounced all over the spot!

    So yeah i would recommend them going by how well the front coilovers have been so far and for the money you cant complain even if you have to replace them in 12-18 months.

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    Worst case scenario about leaving something out/off, at least for my paranoia, would be the thought of chucking a spring when going over a particularly bad bump.

    Still, you shouldn't have to improvise, it should work so let us know if they confirm they are the correct springs for your car etc

    Also did that kit come with a guarantee? Keeping in mind the HT kit has a 3 year guarantee and costs less to begin with. I wouldn't tolerate settling for 'making them work near enough', they should fit, and should you ever want to change your height without the adjuster you couldn't etc.

    If they say the springs were wrong, sweet as you'll get the right ones - if they say they're right enough, tell em oh no they aren't
     
     

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    I agree, they should go lower than that. If I took my adjusters out then my arch would be below the rim. I'd say you've got the wrong springs mate. With regard to it being safe, if the spring doesn't move about or is loose with the rear wheels off the floor, you should be fine. Still think you've been sent the wrong ones though..
     
     

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    I have just had a look on venom motorsports website at fk ak street coilovers..... and they dont list them for the compact... all it says is saloon touring coupe and cabriolet.
    you are sure that the kit is for a compact.. i.e does it say e46 compact on the box. i know when i looked at the fk ak street coilovers last month they had them listed for the compact but now they dont.
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    Just to update, i had it lazer aligned and it now handles like a train so thats a plus!

    On to the spring situation, i emailed FK directly and this is the professional reply i got from them ..

    "Hi,
    here is a screen shot of the spring numbers and axel weights 1035fr and 1215bc, maybe your car is not heavy enough at the rear??"

    Ermm .. so there basically telling me my car isn't heavy enough to compress there springs and thats my fault?! Ive asked now to be put in contact with the manager at Fk.

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    Gotta love that, coil overs in general are for a more sporty suspension - so they tell you to add weight Am not sure if the weight difference at the rear between the saloon and compact varies that much (esp considering the compact is only like 8" shorter than the 'loon), and while the suspension between the two should be identical, I do wonder now if Kens point may be related.

    Plus you went for a drive to settle things, going around corners would have put a lot of weight on each corner, if that doesn't settle it then surely they can't expect you to drive around with a few bags of cement or something in the boot - after all, that would lower the stock suspension too
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    Well on the box it had a code on a sticker then on one end wrote in permanent marker it said "e46 C" so i don't have a clue, it has settled down a larl bit more now aswell after taking a few hard corners and i know its been a nightmare to get it to how it is now but I'm just glad its basically sorted! ill get some pictures up tomorrow to show you exactly how its sitting now (h)

    A MASSIVE thanks to everyone thats commented on this topic aswell especially you cendrian, this is what a forums all about and i look forward to helping people out the same way you've helped me!

    Again thanks, Jack
     
     

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