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Old 12-25-2010, 03:34 PM   Thread Starter #1
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Default How to Make Coilbags To Protect Your Coilovers During Winter

Quite possible one of the best DIY I've seen. I will definetly be doing this.

Credit: omahasubaru from rs25.com

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This is a DIY for making your own coil bags. These are covers that go over your coilover springs to protect everything from debris, dirt, grime, etc. They are most commonly used on open wheel off-road applications such as baja type vehicles as well as every day ATVs. They have gained in popularity for stage rally applications over the past few years.I decided to make my own as I was unable to find very many off the shelf options. DirtBagz makes some as do a few coilover companies.Here is what we're looking to make. *this is my first DIY, so bare with me

I decided to make my own as I was unable to find very many off the shelf options. DirtBagz makes some as do a few coilover companies.

Here is what we're looking to make. *this is my first DIY, so bare with me
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Materials you will need:
- canvas material from a local fabric store.
- heavy duty thread
- heavy duty velcro
- some rope/string or zip ties


Tools you will need:
- fabric tape measure
- scissors
- pencil or fabric marker
- sewing machine


Other items that may be useful:
- spare fabric to use for your first template
- ability to use this DIY as a guideline and interpret/adjust as needed.
- a measure twice cut once mindset
- patience
- skill with the sewing machine, or a friend who does

Phase One : Building a template

There are a few ways to do your covers. I'm only going to cover the two more popular ways.

1) Measure your springs and perches

You'll want to use the fabric tape measure for this. Measure around the widest part you want to cover. Sometimes this is the upper or lower perch, other times it is spring. Especially if you have some of the newer Hypercoil OBD springs. Take this measurement and add around 1.25-1.5" to it and write it down. This helps to account for overlap and velcro strip.

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2) Measure your coilovers for the length you want to cover.

This is where options come in. You can either measure from above the upper perch and just to below your lower spring perch, or you can measure all the way down to the knuckle ears if you want. Neither way is wrong, but I prefer the latter, as it covers any remaining exposed un-used threads you may have. Please be aware that not all struts are the same length. You rears will likely be longer than the front, so you may have to make two patterns for best results. Write down your measurements.

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3) Build your template

Take your measurements and use the guide here to add to them. You have to add to account for folding over and stitching. This also gives you just a little more length depending on how good your measurements were. Your measurement goes on the inside of the lines in the template below.

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The top/bottom has a longer fold to account for room to run your rope/string or ziptie through to snug up the ends.


4) Test fit it.
It should be over-sized at this point, but this is a great time to catch any issues you may have with your measurements before you go further.

Phase Two : Make your bags

Now we take your cut out pattern and start to put it together.

1) Fold & stitch your pattern.

Use this guide below to setup your folds and location of your stitching. You don't want to stitch the ends closed as then you can't run your rope or tie through to snug up the ends. Use the zig-zag stitch pattern on the sewing machine.

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2) Place your velcro & stitch it on.

Use the guide below to determine where to locate it. You need to place one side of the velcro on one end and stitch it on. Then place the matching side of the velcro on the other side of the fabric on the opposite end. This is so when you wrap it, the velcro meets up correctly. Use the straight stitch pattern on the sewing machine.

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3) Test fit it.

Now it should fit quite well and should look something like this.

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4) Choose your snug method.

This is where you decide if you want to use some rope/string material to snug up the ends, or zip ties. I initially went with some nylon rope, but have since had concerns about how well it would stay tied and have elected to go with zipties. My intended use for the car and the [COLOR=blue ! important][COLOR=blue ! important]suspension[/COLOR][/COLOR] is scca rallycross events and lots of gravel road use. So I really didn't want my bags to sag.

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Phase Three : Repeat & Enjoy

Now you merely continue to make your remaining coil bags and then put them to use.

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Thanks for checking out my DIY, I hope someone can find it useful.


Here we go.
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Default Re: How to Make Coilbags To Protect Your Coilovers During Winter

i will be making these bags over the spring except i will have something that helps against debris and it will be waterproof, it will be universal so if you want to change the height of your car it will not be a problem!

the set will cost $100 and will vary due to how its made and how you want it made...
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This will work or just spraying them with plastidip.
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Default Re: How to Make Coilbags To Protect Your Coilovers During Winter

nott badd good for you guys that need this
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Default Re: How to Make Coilbags To Protect Your Coilovers During Winter

Originally Posted by Raz76 View Post
This will work or just spraying them with plastidip.
This actually work?

Never heard of this method before when i searched google/other forums....
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Default Re: How to Make Coilbags To Protect Your Coilovers During Winter

You could probably keep those on all year. Can these be installed with the coilover is on the car?
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