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#1 kkeith


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Posted 02 November 2019 - 05:21 PM

I’ve just fitted hilos, red dot Cones and KYB GAS Adjust Shocks.
Only done the rear so far. The height is very high (more than a fist)

When I fitted them I wound the Hilo right in the enable everything to fit (new knuckle, the rod, the Hilo and red dot cones). Then I found I needed to unwind the Hilo a lot to to stop everything moving.

Question is: should it all be super tight or just wound out enough to seat the cone firmly in place? I guess once the wheel is back in things tighten up anyway?

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#2 Algordo1100


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Posted 02 November 2019 - 06:00 PM

I fitted the same set up about 3 weeks ago. The gas a just shocks have a long travel so I set the Hilos to hold everything in place on full droop. Not super tight, just so nothing would dislodge for safety.
Initial ride height was a full hand with thumb! But it has settled a fair bit. (See pic) New cones always take time to settle.

I will say though, red dots, hi-los and gas a just is FIRM. much more than I expected. It's not uncomfortable but it's noticeably firm. I think this is due to using hi-los which sit on the cone differently to the standard trumpet.

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Posted 02 November 2019 - 06:03 PM

Couple of things; your new cones are likely to be taller than your old cones. Old cones will start to compress from the weight of the car on them. All things being equal expect the ride hight to be a little taller at first. 


It's normal, with the car on a ramp, for the rear suspension to come apart. It's the weight of the car and/or years of dirt holding it together. I do like you did and wind the hilo out to keep it all together until the cars back on the ground. Then once on the ground it's possible to wind the hilo back to your desired ride hight. 


I'd wait until you've done the front through, as I like to keep the same rack front 2 rear.

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Posted 02 November 2019 - 06:13 PM

Thanks @algordo1100 and @Curley

I will let them settle and get the fronts done and then see what it’s like then. Mini is also an Equinox 1996 👍🏻

Edited by kkeith, 02 November 2019 - 06:23 PM.

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Posted 03 November 2019 - 02:27 PM

I fitted a set of red dots just before I set off on the mongol rally this year. By the time we were in Germany the car felt much more stable and it had dropped in height.

Be patient they will settle.

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