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Jay Lutz
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Should the aluminum shock hat spacers still be used with the FCM kit? Sorry.....this was likely addressed earlier but I haven't found it with the search function yet.

Thanks, Jay

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no

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quote:
Originally posted by Jay Lutz:
Should the aluminum shock hat spacers still be used with the FCM kit? Sorry.....this was likely addressed earlier but I haven't found it with the search function yet.

Thanks, Jay

No is the right answer, If you go to the FCM web they have a nice instruction sheet with pictures that takes the guess work out of it.

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I'm kind of slow. What he ^ said.

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Does this kit really make a difference? I've been told it does not based upon Runoffs data. I bought a kit but have not installed it yet and am considering selling it...

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No is the answer?????

My kit included them in case the Bilstein spacers were lost. The instructions and illustrations specifically indicate using them.

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Question on the stackup of parts in the kit.

Does the land on the shock shaft set against the red anodized aluminum plate of the FatCat kit? It seems like the steel land pushing against an aluminum plate will cause some nasty wear.

Has anyone bypassed the red aluminum plate for a stack of steel washers?

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Or should one flat washer be placed on the shock shaft before sliding it through the red anodized plate thing? If this is done what happens when putting the final nut on. The thickness of whatever washer is placed there will change the stacked height of all the parts.

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Cy, the kit isn't suddenly going to take a second off your time but it does solve the bandaid approach to 99+ shock hat upgrade. Worth the time/expense in my opinion.

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On a 99?

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***On a 99?***

Presuming you do not use the OEM lower rubber bushing in the 99 stack up. Yes, remember the issue is TPing the thin washer between the shock shoulder & the 99 shock hat & blowing the thin washer through the hole in the shock hat. OEM there was a rubber bushing both top & bottom side of the 99 shock hat.

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Maybe I'm out of line here, but you either use the kit from Fat Cat the way it comes or you use the updated 99 hats with the big shiny washers things or you use the kit from mazdaspeed. No sticking washers in there. Thats protest and DQ material.

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David, when Cy said "on a 99" I was trying to confirm to Cy that the kit from Mazdaspeed has the thin washer that TP's & blows through the 99 shock hat. It was considered by some to be a safety issue. I agree extra parts are potential DQ material.

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Gonna make the change in the next few nights. The current FC kits come with the little round spacer that the MS shocks come with. I tossed them after installing the last 2 sets of shocks I bought and was hoping that they were included with the FC kit. I just checked and they are there.

Two of my MS bumpstops have separated from the top hats and are floating on the shock shaft. I had Gorilla glued them prior to last season but it didn't hold.

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