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#1 ol_skl_jp

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Posted 23 April 2008 - 02:49 PM

Hey guys i want to invest in some illuminas. I know some of the guys on here use them. Just a few questions, does it really improve comfort and with a turn of a screwdriver turn the car into a cornering machine  ;D. I found these on ebay
http://cgi.ebay.com/...0237752759&rd=1
which i think is a really good price, but im comparing to MSA.
Do they sell them here in OZ?
Any members experiances with the illuminas would be greatly appriciated

#2 620Z

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Posted 23 April 2008 - 03:17 PM

I have a set of Koni adjustable shockers. They are externally adjustable from the top of the shock towers. Easy to adjust and definately feel the difference when you wind them up. Keep relatively soft on the road and firm for the track. I presume these are the same style. What spring rates are the coils? I don't know the brand so not sure how they perform. The front shockers should be shortened in length to allow for lowering of the car then you will avoid bottoming out the shockers and blowing them to pieces. Ask them a few questions first to clarrify and read some ebay sales results on the same item.

#3 mossy

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Posted 23 April 2008 - 03:46 PM

I can't comment on how good the shocks are as I haven't installed them yet but I just bought some illuminas from this seller and they arrived within 2 weeks.

Have a look at this thread on Hybridz regarding the springs.
http://forums.hybrid...ad.php?t=121496



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Posted 23 April 2008 - 04:02 PM

I have Illumina's in the front and normal Hp's in the rear of my 280ZX(2 seater), lowered 40mm on King Springs. I haven't done much driving in it since they were fitted.
I'm hoping to  have my car back on the road this weekend as it has been up on blocks for a few weeks while I replace all the steering components.

I got mine from HybridZ in the USA.
Since found them a little cheaper (can't remember where though), but happy with service I got.
I can let you know what I think of them soon.

Simon


#5 ol_skl_jp

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Posted 23 April 2008 - 06:34 PM

Cheers guys theres a bit more reading before i purchase it. Mossy do you live in melb? When are you planing on fitting them?
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Posted 23 April 2008 - 06:40 PM

I have Tokico Illuminas, you will definately feel a difference on a setting of 4-5 compared with 2. I set mine on 2 for the street, otherwise its a very rough ride.

Having a firm set of seats helped alot too. Before I put Recaro's in it was alot less comfortable.

First night I had the car out was a Dandenong Mountain cruise with Lurch and a few other Viczcar.com members. They made an amazing difference to my worn out and shot Koni's. Very firm ride, but much better handling.

#7 ol_skl_jp

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Posted 23 April 2008 - 09:09 PM

Gav are you using the tokico springs? right now that is what im concerned about as mentioned in hybridZ
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Posted 24 April 2008 - 07:16 AM

Gav are you using the tokico springs? right now that is what im concerned about as mentioned in hybridZ
Cheers
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No I'm running King Springs (unknown rates). I plan on changing them. I'd recommend buying the kit of Tokico Shocks and Springs as its properly set up for those rates shocks, plus I believe they are a variable spring rate.

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 01:24 PM

The Illuminas are a good shock, and for local supply try Warren at All Z parts in Hornsby Sydney.

I used them in the circuit car for a few seasons until they wore out, set on 5 for dry and backed off to 2 or 3 for the wet. Springs used were Lovells and the rate around 400 lb/inch. I have dropped the spring seat to get the ride height I need so I can get full travel on the spring and shock.

I now have Koni adjustables in the car and am still playing to get the best setting for different applications, ie hill climbs I set the car up much softer than on the circuit.

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 08:38 PM

I've been looking at these and thinking about buying the Illuminas over the coming weeks. My issue is I have a 74 260 2 seater (series 1) with the lower strutt housing in the rear. So do they offer a series 1 set? Surely theres a diff?

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 08:43 PM

http://www.hitachi-h...ks/app/19a.html

Check this link out it might help.

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 09:26 PM

Perfect, thanks Hunter.

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 09:31 PM

If you are looking to buy shocks from the US including Illuminas, try this site they are usually one of the cheapest around and speaking from experience their service is very good.

http://www.shox.com/

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 09:46 PM

Cool thanks, I've sent them a RFQ. E-bay has them offered at USD$413, not sure how much for delivery waiting for that question to be answered.

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