Armadillo
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Delivery Date: 27 Jul 2012

Re: 18 X 10's on the lowered Leaf with Megan Coilovers

Fri Mar 13, 2015 5:04 pm

Yes I do have a bunch of pictures documenting the process. The kit I installed was a Megan Racing prototype of the kit they sell now. So they had me install it and document any issues I had and do a write up on the installation. I have a PDF file of the pictures and some notes I can send you. Just send me a message at batterypoweredcar@gmail.com and I'll send it over to you.

It really isn't that bad since it is a full replacement of the strut, no spring compressors involved. There's only 6 bolts holding in each strut. Getting access to the bolts is the trickier part. If you have enough wobbly extensions you can remove the top three strut nuts without removing the plastic cover at the base of the windshield. But its much easier to remove the wipers which allows you to remove the plastic cover and get better access to the top 3 nuts. For the rear there's an easy way and a hard way. The easy way is to get both rear tires off the ground at the same time, remove the lower shock bolts and the torsion beam will drop down enough to release the tension on the rear springs. The hard way is one side at a time. You'll be fighting and fighting trying to get one side of the torsion beam to drop down far enough to allow you to remove the spring.

Funny you found the MR2. That was my first conversion, I built it for someone else. Here is a link to it on the EValbum site that has most of the details: http://www.evalbum.com/2234

gamboa98
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Joined: Thu May 22, 2014 5:58 pm
Delivery Date: 30 Apr 2014
Leaf Number: 413570

Re: 18 X 10's on the lowered Leaf with Megan Coilovers

Wed Apr 29, 2015 12:46 pm

Hey armadillo,
car looks good. Can you point me in the right direction? I have been looking for a set of coilovers for my leaf with no luck... I bought a set of megans on ebay but they told me 6-8 weeks and I'm here now past that and they still don't know when the would be coming in.
I just put a set of staggered xxr 550 (20x9.25 and 10.25) and the gap is killing me.
Thanks in advance
Miguel

LeafMuranoDriver
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Delivery Date: 01 May 2015
Leaf Number: 323189
Location: Los Angeles, CA

Re: 18 X 10's on the lowered Leaf with Megan Coilovers

Wed May 13, 2015 1:05 pm

Great to see a modified Leaf! Looking good!


gamboa98 - Would love to see a pic with the Leaf with 20's.
2015 Leaf S w/ QC
Mfg: Jan. '15 // Pur: May '15
Best: 6/27/15 - 1,416 Miles - 292 GIDs - 63.11 Ahr - 22.6 kWh - 100% SOH - 97.2% Hx - 4 QC, 29 L2
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gamboa98
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Joined: Thu May 22, 2014 5:58 pm
Delivery Date: 30 Apr 2014
Leaf Number: 413570

Re: 18 X 10's on the lowered Leaf with Megan Coilovers

Tue Jun 09, 2015 3:23 pm

Once I'm able to get some coilovers and get this lowered I'll post pics.


LeafMuranoDriver wrote:Great to see a modified Leaf! Looking good!


gamboa98 - Would love to see a pic with the Leaf with 20's.

Armadillo
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Delivery Date: 27 Jul 2012

Re: 18 X 10's on the lowered Leaf with Megan Coilovers

Fri Aug 28, 2015 10:42 pm

Sorry I wasn't receiving any notifications of replies to this thread. Did you ever get your wheels on? What size tires did you mount on those 20 inch wheels?

Did you find any available coilovers to help lower the car? Besides Megan, a couple other companies with coilovers for the Leaf are Blitz and Tein. They may have kits readily available.

gietl
Posts: 4
Joined: Thu Jun 29, 2017 8:54 pm
Delivery Date: 28 Jun 2017
Leaf Number: 305760

Re: 18 X 10's on the lowered Leaf with Megan Coilovers

Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:29 pm

I know this is an older post, but I am looking to do a similar setup, Megan CO's and those wheels, in Gold of course. :) Did you need to use spacers at all? What about rubbing, did you have to roll the fenders at all?

Looking to close the gap and fill it out more, but wanting to limit to CO's, wheels and tires if possible.

Thanks!

Armadillo
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Re: 18 X 10's on the lowered Leaf with Megan Coilovers

Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:59 am

I didn't use any spacers as those would push the wheels out even further. Both the front and the rear have a 25 offset. The rear tires are 225/40/18 so they have some stretch which helps with the clearance. I didn't have any rubbing on my 2012 Leaf, the black one, as the fender has basically no lip. But I now have a 2016 Leaf and the rear fender has a large lip so with the rear adjusted all the way down they will rub occasionally. I fabricated a rubber bump stop to limit the suspension compression which prevents the tires from rubbing but rolling the fender would be your best bet.

For the front I have the suspension all the way down, the tires are 215/40/18. The only time they rub, and only on the inner fender liner, is if you are entering a driveway at an odd angle. I have had a previous tire of the same size, different brand, that did rub fairly often so I had to raise the suspension a 1/4 inch or so.

Here is the 2016 Leaf with the same wheels, painted a different color.

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gietl
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Joined: Thu Jun 29, 2017 8:54 pm
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Leaf Number: 305760

Re: 18 X 10's on the lowered Leaf with Megan Coilovers

Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:55 pm

Awesome! Thank you so much for the reply, I have a 2017 so that lip on the fender is probably still an issue. I just got back in town so I am going to start ordering things here soon. I am in Colorado so I might not be able to lower all the way down, roads are too rough, so I might be okay.

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