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Old 06-16-2018, 04:39 AM   #1
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Hey tbrickers,

I have searched the forum and the internet to no avail.
I'm looking for a guide on installing Ben Kaplans coilovers on a 740.
I feel like I'm missing something.
Can anyone shed some light?
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Old 06-16-2018, 06:55 AM   #2
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What are you concerned about?

According to the picture taken by a potato it all seems to be there.
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Old 06-16-2018, 07:29 AM   #3
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Call Ben and beg for his wisdom...... I've seen these complaints for years, and I've bought several kits from him over the same period. ZERO documentation; apparently you must call / email him.

That said, upon request he provides verbal/written descriptions of assembly sequence, torque, etc. etc. Great products for our RWD cars.
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Old 06-16-2018, 10:15 AM   #4
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Call Ben and beg for his wisdom...... I've seen these complaints for years, and I've bought several kits from him over the same period. ZERO documentation; apparently you must call / email him.

That said, upon request he provides verbal/written descriptions of assembly sequence, torque, etc. etc. Great products for our RWD cars.
Has no one jotted it down yet? Maybe it's an easter egg for those who love the hunt
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Old 06-16-2018, 12:38 PM   #5
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I've messaged him on Facebook but no reply yet.
If he does respond I'll post the answer here.
The strut mount doesn't seem to set flush and the spring top hat barely seats on the underside of the chassis. Was thinking I may need a wider top hat..
Any wisdom appreciated.
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Old 06-16-2018, 12:51 PM   #6
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Dang. The x70 versions came assembled/tied together, so no instructions required. Are those new or used? Can't tell much from the horrible quality pic :D

I'd also recommend calling him if no FB response, he's always been helpful.

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Old 06-16-2018, 06:08 PM   #7
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Sorry guys yeah they're used.
He replied saying it's self explanatory and the parts seem to be there. Wasn't much help tbh.
Not sure how to make imgur links smaller either so excuse the huge files.
Here's what I thought was install sequence:


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Old 06-16-2018, 06:15 PM   #8
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Top plate won't sit anywhere near flush and the camber plate wants to slip through the hole that is in the chassis that the stock top hat goes on.
Am I meant to reuse the stock tophat from my struts?
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Old 06-16-2018, 06:34 PM   #9
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errrm.. the camberplate needs to go in the strutdome, not on....
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Old 06-16-2018, 07:16 PM   #10
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Assembly is the reverse of disassembly... Different supplier but the principal is the same. Strut on the right is what it should look like before you try and fit it to the car.

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Old 06-16-2018, 09:48 PM   #11
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Thanks guys I'll try that.
I've never fit coilovers before in any car and the lack of documentation on the matter I was pretty sure I was doing something in the wrong order.
I appreciate the advice and will try what you suggested.
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Old 06-16-2018, 09:59 PM   #12
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The strut mount should appear like this from above when installed
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Old 06-16-2018, 11:48 PM   #13
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Thankyou !!! Knew I was doing something wrong!
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Old 06-18-2018, 11:11 AM   #14
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Man, if only there were someone who had repeatedly offered to write installation documentation for Ben, someone with a technical writing background, someone who liked old Volvos....someone...somewhere...
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Old 06-18-2018, 03:20 PM   #15
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i've never seen anyone try to install them from up top.

These were purchased third hand for those that asked,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcYZU7bTgQg



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