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Old 11-07-2011, 10:57 AM   #1
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DIY Extended tophats

Ok so I extended my tophats for my RT4WD civic and here are the pics. Hope they help out. They are not hard to do I recomend you guys do them, the car rides great despite being lowered.

Step 1 remove the tophats. And take off the bolts by placing the tophat on table or ground, and hitting the top of the bolt till it comes off. Make sure u dont hit the thread
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Old 11-07-2011, 11:00 AM   #2
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Step 2 mark and cut the tophat at desired location. U can use hacksaw or grinder.
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Old 11-07-2011, 11:01 AM   #3
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umm... then what?
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Old 11-07-2011, 11:01 AM   #4
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Step 3 weld piece of 2" pipe to top part of top hat then the bottom. (In the front i hear u can go up to 1 1/2 inches tall and still clear the hood)


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Huh, that's the end?
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Old 11-07-2011, 11:04 AM   #6
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Step 4 grind off excess welds (i went alittle over to take of paint, i did it with a flap disc)
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Old 11-07-2011, 11:06 AM   #7
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STEP 5 Primer and paint.
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Old 11-07-2011, 11:07 AM   #8
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STEP 6 Put studs back in place. Easiest way to do this is by sliding stud back in hole. Then install 2 washers, and the nut on the stud and tighten away. It will pull the stud back in place.
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Old 11-07-2011, 11:08 AM   #9
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now thats the end. It took a while cause I was uploading it from my phone.
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Old 11-07-2011, 06:26 PM   #10
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weld the bottom from the inside...don't have to grind down so much.

Do your shock bodies fit inside?
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Old 11-07-2011, 06:43 PM   #11
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Yeah they fit
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Old 11-07-2011, 07:21 PM   #12
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Or call aaron garcia and he'll make you a sick set for a good price!
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Old 11-08-2011, 01:56 PM   #13
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Well this is for guys on budget who cant afford ebay or aaron like me. Spent less than $10 on all four.
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Old 11-08-2011, 04:47 PM   #14
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The finished product looks good.
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Old 11-09-2011, 08:57 AM   #15
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The finished product looks good.
Thx man. This was my first set. The last one I made required less grinding ands looks just as good finished.
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Old 11-09-2011, 09:44 AM   #16
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why would you do this? like what does it accomplish?
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Old 11-09-2011, 04:27 PM   #17
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why would you do this? like what does it accomplish?
x2...?
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gives your stock strut more room when your lowered on coilovers and such so your shock isnt bottoming out everywhere resulting in blown struts and shitty riding suspension
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it allows the shock body to basically travel past the top of the shock tower allowing you to have a better ride while the car is slammed. depending on the car you can add up to 2 in of added travel without having to shim the hood.
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Your control arms will hit your shock towers before your strut gets near going inside the tophat
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Your control arms will hit your shock towers before your strut gets near going inside the tophat
depending on the car thats not true, on my wagon it made a huge difference in ride doing extended tophats, because it would bottom out on the strut before even coming close to the upper arm hitting the body
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What happens when you drop you car is you lose shock travel. So If you drop you car 2" you lose 2'' of shock travel. Thus making your car ride shitty and potentially blowing your shocks. So lets say you extend you tophats 2" and drop your car 2". It would feel like you were ridding on stock height.
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What happens when you drop you car is you lose shock travel. So If you drop you car 2" you lose 2'' of shock travel. Thus making your car ride shitty and potentially blowing your shocks. So lets say you extend you tophats 2" and drop your car 2". It would feel like you were ridding on stock height.
this. I made 2.5 inch tophats for the front and 3.5 for my rears just to get the preload back on my springs. THATS what make the ride quality better
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i did 1.5 on my wagon all around rides great.
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hmmmm thats interesting and something everyone should consider doing. ill look into it for my car, thx

also, do you need the extended top hats when you have an adjustable suspension or is the top hats just for the shocks
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hmmmm thats interesting and something everyone should consider doing. ill look into it for my car, thx

also, do you need the extended top hats when you have an adjustable suspension or is the top hats just for the shocks
Drop springs and adjustable coil sleeves yes...not always needed but they help. If you're going full body coilovers they aren't needed and most likely wont fit.
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Drop springs and adjustable coil sleeves yes...not always needed but they help. If you're going full body coilovers they aren't needed and most likely wont fit.
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Old 11-11-2011, 11:22 PM   #29
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great right up how much did u spend granted buying a grinder and welder to?
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Well i already have the grinder and welder cause of my work. But i spent less than 10 bucks on material
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