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I have not read thru your entire thread. You have some great parts. On the suspension department, which to me is one most important aspect of our cars, do you still have the stock springs and dampers? If so you really owe it to yourself to get something decent, and yes, the rear sway bar. The difference is immense and very rewarding on the road.
 
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Whoohoo!! That's a lot of miles, glad yours is treating you well.

Hope the wife is doing better! Also very happy to see that your Liquid Yellow is still alive and kicking
 
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Whoohoo!! That's a lot of miles, glad yours is treating you well.

Hope the wife is doing better! Also very happy to see that your Liquid Yellow is still alive and kicking
Thanks Stephan!

Yes, she is doing better now. Nerve pain is all but gone but the re-hab starts now which can be a long process. 9 weeks post op and looks to be another month or two. A slow and steady recovery for sure. She hoping to get back to driving herself in the next couple of weeks.

He is doing well at the moment. Can't really complain. I need to locate/secure a new cloth driver seat since the seat bolster is now torn and looks awful. Found a replacement seat on eBay for a decent price and then it disppeared.

Unable to locate one ever since. But I keep looking...
 
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I have not read thru your entire thread. You have some great parts. On the suspension department, which to me is one most important aspect of our cars, do you still have the stock springs and dampers? If so you really owe it to yourself to get something decent, and yes, the rear sway bar. The difference is immense and very rewarding on the road.

Agreed. I've been hesitant on which direction to move in... (indecisive/lazy?) I like the appeal of the TSW springs with the Koni yellows... But then the KW coilovers are only a few bucks more along with the benefits/adjustments that come with that. Once I figure that out, then the rear sway bar and end links should come so I can replace all of it while I am in there...

I have the suspension setup and dialed in on the CRX and agree, the rear sway bar is a great addition to a FWD car. Just need to get off my duff and decide which direction to go. But agreed, I am being weak in this department for sure.
 
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Agreed. I've been hesitant on which direction to move in... (indecisive/lazy?) I like the appeal of the TSW springs with the Koni yellows... But then the KW coilovers are only a few bucks more along with the benefits/adjustments that come with that. Once I figure that out, then the rear sway bar and end links should come so I can replace all of it while I am in there...

I have the suspension setup and dialed in on the CRX and agree, the rear sway bar is a great addition to a FWD car. Just need to get off my duff and decide which direction to go. But agreed, I am being weak in this department for sure.
Hmm, I'm not too sure I can justify coilovers on these cars...I'm currently running OEM suspension with a H-Sport RSB and Energy Suspensions zerk bushings, and I absolutely love it...I'd be happy to let you drive mine to see how you like it before purchasing! If you ask me, polyurethane bushings and a RSB is all we need, a little body roll is quite nice for predicting lift-off shenanigans. If/when you decide to pick one up, my local buddy midwestinsocal is selling his 22mm H&R! Used sway bars are the way to go...it's going to get scratched up anyway, and you're saving the environment by cutting down on shipping!

Great news about the missus, by the way! I hope her recovery is as speedy as a tastefully modified 53

As far as your cloth seats go, I have a buddy who just replaced his seats for some buckets. Not sure if they were cloth, but I'll ask him and get back to you! Are yours the nice half-black leather, half-grey cloth ones?
 
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Hmm, I'm not too sure I can justify coilovers on these cars...I'm currently running OEM suspension with a H-Sport RSB and Energy Suspensions zerk bushings, and I absolutely love it...I'd be happy to let you drive mine to see how you like it before purchasing! If you ask me, polyurethane bushings and a RSB is all we need, a little body roll is quite nice for predicting lift-off shenanigans. If/when you decide to pick one up, my local buddy midwestinsocal is selling his 22mm H&R! Used sway bars are the way to go...it's going to get scratched up anyway, and you're saving the environment by cutting down on shipping!

Great news about the missus, by the way! I hope her recovery is as speedy as a tastefully modified 53

As far as your cloth seats go, I have a buddy who just replaced his seats for some buckets. Not sure if they were cloth, but I'll ask him and get back to you! Are yours the nice half-black leather, half-grey cloth ones?
Hmmmm.

I have the cloth on cloth seats. I knew this might be a problem when I configured him back in 2004 and now it is an issue.

Example:
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Spent about three hours on him today cleaning out the interior, washing, polishing and waxing him. All cleaned up now...



 
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The car looks great! Funny how even the small cars can take just as much time to clean and detail as the regular sized vehicles.

I don't think there is a wrong choice between your TSW/Koni or KW V1 coilover options. Either one, will be great. A rear sway sounds like a no brainer.

Even the budget Bilstein B4 + Lowering springs option can be pretty good too.
 
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Hmm, I'm not too sure I can justify coilovers on these cars...I'm currently running OEM suspension with a H-Sport RSB and Energy Suspensions zerk bushings, and I absolutely love it...I'd be happy to let you drive mine to see how you like it before purchasing! If you ask me, polyurethane bushings and a RSB is all we need, a little body roll is quite nice for predicting lift-off shenanigans. If/when you decide to pick one up, my local buddy midwestinsocal is selling his 22mm H&R! Used sway bars are the way to go...it's going to get scratched up anyway, and you're saving the environment by cutting down on shipping!

Great news about the missus, by the way! I hope her recovery is as speedy as a tastefully modified 53

As far as your cloth seats go, I have a buddy who just replaced his seats for some buckets. Not sure if they were cloth, but I'll ask him and get back to you! Are yours the nice half-black leather, half-grey cloth ones?
you are lucky to have cloth seats, I wish I had them in my jcw. The biggest benefit to coilovers is autocross/track. Most springs lower the rear too much, some even brag about it in their marketing. The rear needs to be higher than the front just look at how the challenge cars are setup.

I run jcw springs with koni yellows on one car and kw v3 double adjustable coilovers with swift springs on the track car. All of the single adjustable are pretty stiff as they only let you adjust the low speed rebound, and even the v3's only let you adjust low speed compression/rebound

biggest performance increases for me were replacing those god awful oem trailing arm bushings (superpro +2 caster in mine now) and camber plates. I have less tire wear with camber plates but my car only sees spirited driving
 
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Taking it nice and easy these days... haha

 
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Hit this yesterday on the way home.

 
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Today is the day my Cooper S was dropped off and I drove him home for the first time 14 years ago.

I order him out of San Antonio, TX and had him trucked to Phoenix. On Nov 11th 2004, he was dropped off. Time flies.


Backstory... back in the day, it was a 12-14 month wait in Phoenix for a Cooper S. Most other dealerships were charging $5000 - $10000 over MSRP with no wait times... San Antonio did not charge over MSRP and guaranteed me 12-13 weeks after I placed the order.
 
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