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BC Coilover adjustment Tech 95-99 Dodge Neon, 00-05 Dodge Neon, 03-05 Dodge SRT4, 05+ Chevrolet Cobalt, 08+ Dodge Caliber SRT4

Its time to do a Tech session on adjusting BC Coilovers for the 95-99 Neon, 00-05 neon, 03-05 SRT-4, 05+ Cobalt, and 08+ Caliber SRT4.

Pictured here, is a set of 03-05 Dodge SRT-4 BC coilovers.

BC Coilover adjustment tech 95-99 Neon, 00-05 Neon, 03-05 SRT4, Caliber SRT-4

Installing, and setting up BC Coilovers should be done in four steps. First off, Installation, then Adjusting Heigth, Rebound and Compression adjustment, and Alignment. We highly recommend installing the coilovers in this order to make sure the coilovers are perfectly setup and tested before alignment. The reason for this, is that if you install the coilovers, get the heigth, rebound/ compression adjusted, aligment done and then have a tire rub against the fender youll have to do the aligment again after making adjustments.

Installing– Installing the coilovers should be pretty straightforward, remove the entire strut/spring assembly as a whole, and then install the coilover assembly. Its a little more difficult for the 05+ Cobalt owners on the rear because the shock and spring are seperate, and the shock is harder to access.

Adjusting heigth– When adjusting the heigth, youll be working with the components in the photo below. Here you see the upper two locking rings that secure the spring perch, and the lower hub joint locking ring.(All three pieces that are discussed are the gold anodized pieces in the photo below)

BC Coilover adjustment tech 95-99 Neon, 00-05 Neon, 03-05 SRT4, Caliber SRT-4

Now, for most of you out there, youll only need to work with the lower hub locking ring when making adjustments. In order to make a heigth change, you should loosen the hub locking ring counter clockwise.  Then, because the upper coilover assembly will spin in the strut mount, you can then thread the coilover up or down and make the overall coilover taller, or shorter to your liking. You DO NOT HAVE TO REMOVE THE COILOVER OFF THE WHEEL HUB TO MAKE A HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT! Then, after you make the adjustment, put the wheel onto the hub, lower the car and check the heigth. Make changes again to the heigth if neccesary, and then lastly lock down the hub locking ring.

Alignment– After you get the heigth adjusted to your liking, and your sure you wont make any further changes, then you should get an aligment. If you do not get an alignment, severe tire wear, weird tracking issues (car tracking to left or right) among other issues can happen.

Adjusting for Rebound and Compression– After everything is setup to your liking, its time to adjust the rebound and compression of the coilover. These are setup for 0-30 point adjustments, 0 being full soft, and 30 being full hard. 0 setting is at full left, 30 setting is at full right. Most of our customers find that a setting of 6-10 being best for street driving, 12-15 for competition use.

We hope youve found this tech issue useful !

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Update on Caliber SRT-4 Powdercoated valve covers..

We’ve been working on releasing a powdercoated valve cover for the 08+ Dodge Caliber SRT-4 for a little while now.

For those of you not familiar with Powdercoating, its a special process thats like using paint, however theres one major difference. Powdercoating uses a powdered paint material, thats spayed onto an object and then baked at 300-400 degrees. The baking process seals the paint to the object your powdercoating and ensures you have a durable, hard finish that can withstand high temperatures, oils, grease, cleaners, etc. This is the best process to use when your working with an piece that will be used in the engine bay, and subjected to temperatures of up to 250 degrees or more. If you tried spraypainting your valve cover, it will peel off, or could even catch fire when its subjected to the extreme heat coming off the turbo on your 03-05 Neon SRT-4, 08+ Chevrolet Cobalt SS Turbo, or 08+ Dodge Caliber SRT-4.

Now, unlike the older generation Neon SRT-4 which used a aluminum valve cover, the Dodge Caliber SRT-4 uses a injection molded plastic valve cover. The aluminum valve covers from the Neon SRT-4, could be baked with a high temperature powdercoating material, thats easily sourced. The plastic valve cover on the other hand from the Caliber SRT-4 cannot be subjected to 400-500 degrees in the powdercoat baking ovens, as it might warp, or possibly even melt. So, a special lower temperature powdercoat has to be used.

We’ve now tested a few Caliber SRT-4 valve covers with the lower temperature powdercoat and have worked out most of the bugs so far. This last revision gave us a really nice glossy finish, and a very durable finish. We’ll be making another revision to make the powdercoat finish absolutely perfect and at that point begin to offer brand new, Mopar valve covers powdercoated in different colors for sale.

Just for your information, heres details on the revisions we have done.
1) First test on powdercoat, tested valve cover in baking oven
2) Powdercoat finish was a success, in addition to taping off and sealing all of the threaded screw holes, and pcv holes, we are now sanding down all of the casting marks that come on a factory valve cover to make sure the finished valve cover has a smooth, unblemished finish.

Anyways, enough of the typing, onto the photos!

Dodge Caliber SRT4 powdercoated valve cover

Dodge Caliber SRT4 Powdercoated valve cover

Ill post more details and photos as we progress with these valve covers.

Caliber SRT4 clutch development..

Our Caliber SRT4 project car has been down for the last few weeks while we are developing a replacement clutch line for the Caliber.

Heres where our Caliber currently sits.. The front bumper, and intercooler are also currently off. What a sad sight!
Caliber SRT4 clutch development

Hows this for a roomy engine bay?
Caliber SRT4 clutch development

We are pretty close to releasing a new line of clutches that can withstand a lot more power, and abuse than the factory clutch. More details
on that later!

Pics of SRT-4/Neon/Caliber SRT/Cobalt meet at Modern Performance 10-25-08

We never had a place to post photos from this SRT-4/Neon/Cobalt meet on our site, but now that we have a blog, we decided to post them for your enjoyment here.

This was a pretty successful meet with about 40-45 Dodge SRT-4’s, Dodge Neons, Chevy Cobalt SS’s (super and turbo) as well as Dodge Caliber SRT4’s.

I cant post all 40+ photos here at once, but Ill post as many as possible!

First pic: Lots of Dodge SRT-4’s, Dodge Neons and Caliber SRT-4’s in this pic. NO, the Telephone company truck was not part of the meet! Hehe.
Modern Performance car meet 10-25-08

In this photo you can see our 24 hours of Lemons Neon Race car parked right next to our Caliber SRT-4 project car.
Modern Performance car meet - 24 hours of lemons race car, Caliber SRT-4

Lots of Neon SRT-4’s !
Lots of Neon SRT-4's at Modern Performance car meet

Really good looking silver Dodge Caliber SRT4
Good looking Dodge Caliber SRT4 at Modern Performance Car meet

Dodge Caliber SRT4 Halo Projector headlights

Silver Dodge SRT4 with Motegi wheels and Wilwood big brake kit
Motegi Wheels on Silver Dodge SRT4 with Wilwood big brake kit

Well done car..
Smooth Black Dodge SRT-4

Another Black SRT4, except this one had a bunch of underhood flat black painted pieces..
Black SRT4 at Modern Performance meet

AGP 50 trim kit, return line fuel system, flat black trimmed pieces. This guy was all go, no show.
AGP 50 trim kit Black Dodge SRT-4

This is one of the sharpest 98/99 Neon R/T’s Ive ever seen. Plus, its done well with serious power, and great looks. This car is owned by Patrick Ohara, who moved to Houston from Detroit around early 2008.

98 Dodge Neon R/T with Hahn Turbo kit

98 Dodge Neon R/T with Hahn Turbo Kit

This is one of the best looking Dodge SRT-4’s in the Houston area. This ones owned by Paco from Rosenberg Texas. Hes got a Fiber Images F1 hood, Kaminari front lip, nice wheels, and LOTS of detail put into under the hood.
Best looking 03-05 Dodge SRT4 in Houston area!

Built motor with Crane Cams, Unorthodox cam gears, Aem intake, Powdercoated valve cover, Painted intake manifold, everything looks great. Look how even the AC lines are polished!!
Built motor, Highly detailed Dodge SRT-4

Lowered with BC coilovers, Paco’s car has an aggresive stance! The wheels have the perfect offset, and hes finished off the look with a Caliber SRT4 badge on the door of his 04 Dodge SRT4.
04 Dodge SRT-4 with coilovers and wheels

Ok, thats enough photos to post for now! Ill post more photos in another few days.