My ST coilovers came in the mail today () and am planning to install them on Friday. I've been reading a few threads here and over on vortex regarding the helper springs. I know that there was recently a thread addressing the same issue, but I'm not sure if it was directly addressed or not (and this might be a clearer way to address these issues).
My coils came with the helper springs seated below the main spring rather than above it--in some pictures I see that the helpers are above the main spring. Does this orientation matter?
First, I should say that these may go low enough in the front to not worry about removing the helper springs, but I've also read that removing them in some cases actually improves the ride quality (others say helpers have nothing to do with ride quality at all). Thoughts on this? Also, it seems that removing the helper spring will actually leave the spring unloaded on the strut when not under load (if dropped low enough). Is this something to worry about?
I'm most worried about the rear coilovers not being low enough (but again, I won't know until I actually see them on the car). In this case, does removing the adjustable perches pose any threat to ride quality or structural integrity?
My aim is to completely eliminate wheel gap in the front and rear (and perhaps tuck a smidge of tire). Let's not talk fender work here, I know I'll need to do a lot of it.
Any input is appreciated as I know next to nothing about coilovers, just that I have them and can't wait to put them on!
EDIT* See these threads for some reference: