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      10-12-2012, 01:53 PM   #1
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protecting coilovers

what do you guys do to prevent your coilovers from seizing up during winter? I'm going make sure to take it in the wash every week or so but anything that i should be applying to the treads?
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      10-17-2012, 07:46 PM   #2
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I also will like to know? if someone wants to share some info will be nice,thanks.
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Here you go guys. I went to the source via email. Below is the exchange:

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I own KW V3 coils for my 2009 BMW 335d. What is the best way to protect them before and during the winter season where we have lots of snow and salt on the roads here?

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Thank you for contacting KW Suspension, because of the materials we use maintenance needed on the coilovers is minimal to none if you want to keep them pristine we recommend washing the debris off of them with soap and water and after letting them dry you can spray a silicon based lubricant that dries in a wax style film every other month or so. I hope this helps!


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sounds like chain wax for the win.
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      10-17-2012, 09:00 PM   #5
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nice! thanks!
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Nice,thanks for the info GreekboyD,so it will be a chain wax? u guys think that will do it?
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http://www.rs25.com/forums/f105/t146...uspension.html

This is what I used on all of my coilovers.
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http://www.rs25.com/forums/f105/t146...uspension.html

This is what I used on all of my coilovers.
haha i saw this yesterday and thought it was very cool! i may attempt this...
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http://www.rs25.com/forums/f105/t146...uspension.html

This is what I used on all of my coilovers.
The thing is that we have to remove the coils to do this right? and is going to be a pain to take them out again,I have a hard time to put them on,.
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you dont have to remove them. You have velcro on the covers so they can be removed and placed on withOUT remving the strut.
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you dont have to remove them. You have velcro on the covers so they can be removed and placed on withOUT remving the strut.
Nice,good to know I will try this then,thanks man,for the winter it will be nice...
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I am sorry, but that is idiotic. So, take a piece of metal that you are afraid will corrode, wrap it in cloth so that when it gets wet, it stays wet even longer, and ...

A great product is boeshield. It is a thick film waxy lubricant. It will leave a nice protective layer on the threads, etc.

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where can you grab this wax lubricant stuff?
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Google dude.
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yup already got it thanks.
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I am sorry, but that is idiotic. So, take a piece of metal that you are afraid will corrode, wrap it in cloth so that when it gets wet, it stays wet even longer, and ...

A great product is boeshield. It is a thick film waxy lubricant. It will leave a nice protective layer on the threads, etc.
Man I was thinking about that, I thought and say maybe the cloth is water prove or something,thanks for the input,I think I will go with the lubricant,less work anyways.
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If you use cloth then your retarted. There are plenty of materials that are water proof. And also with that boeshield you have to watch out because in cold weather it gets really tacky and attracts more dirt and grit. I dont use those covers because when I adjust my coils I just clean the threads everytime and I havent had any issues.
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Silicon/lithium based lubricant typically do a great job off adding a protective coat to the threads on coilovers.
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Silicon/lithium based lubricant typically do a great job off adding a protective coat to the threads on coilovers.
U got any name,brand etc... if you dont mind?
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I use to use the FK coil thread spray, but it's no longer around. I'll have one of my parts guys look around for something similar that still readily available.
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