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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2009 3:20 am    Post subject: Extended Top Hats? Pros vs Cons?  Reply with quote

What are the pros and cons of doing this/in what application would you benefit from doing this?  

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2009 3:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

a butt load lower. as far as i know.

you might have to clearance your shock tower humps?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2009 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Extended top hats (like what GC sell) are really good for gaining suspension travel back.  The other option is shortened front shocks (I know Koni offers this as an option).  With enough travel at the front, your car will stay of the bump stops.  This will give better handling and ride... you may run into issues with your UCA hitting the shock tower depending on bump stop height and stiffness.

You shouldn't need the top hats in the rear... typically there aren't any travel issues at that end.  

Og, BTW, spring rate will make a huge difference in whether or not you bottom out the suspension.  The higher the spring rate, the less travel you need.  i.e. my IT Civic runs 700F 1000R and even at a ride height of 5" I don't have travel issues (shortened koni's, stock top hats).

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 1:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cleanRENO90 wrote:
a butt load lower. as far as i know.

you might have to clearance your shock tower humps?


It shouldn't make it any lower.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

x2 ^^^^^^

Extended top hats give your shocks extra travel.  No lowering occurs.
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PostPosted: Mon May 10, 2010 4:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i wouldnt say there is any cons. Its good for your car in plenty of ways: you can maintain a healthy amount of travel at the shocks as well as lengthening life expectancy of shocks not to mention improving a bad ride. But dont be fooled by imitation tophats...ebay sells fake replicas of gc and they dont do the job. The design is so poor and replicated that you dont gain anything but a shitty tophat running and bottoming out your shocks. Homemade tophats get the job done, but may be hard to produce because of supplies.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2014 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

are the uca really go higher when you have extended top hat?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2014 5:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

im running ebay top hats and honestly man its the same shit. it just doesnt say ground control on it.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

urbsallday wrote:
im running ebay top hats and honestly man its the same shit. it just doesnt say ground control on it.


Agree 100%!!!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Top hats are top hats.... Don't matter who makes them....


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