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CustomMaxima.com Tokico Suspension Review

With the willingness to bring about a new range of suspension products for the Nissan Maxima. With the already sought after Tokico Illumina system, CustomMaxima (a CustomEnterprise division) has teamed up with Tokico Performance Company to derive a new fledged spring system which would provide a luxury feel with performance orientation not too far behind. Here today we present the all new Tokico Performance Spring for the Nissan Maxima. The spring itself is of silicone alloy, providing that extra safe feeling while driving around town.

Our expectation was to have a 1.5" lowering in the front and 1.3" lowering in the rear, but to our amazement, we seemed to have been lowered just a tad bit more then that. *further measurements to be taken* As you can see the new Tokico spring on the left is slightly shorter than that of the factory spring on the right, giving us that stance that we've come to love..

 

Basing our review from a factory suspension standpoint, we must say that this setup is noticeably stiffer, but extraordinarily comfortable in the harshest of conditions. All of those comfort characteristics are possible thanks to the Illumina Damper system, which is easily controlled from the dials on each of the four dampers. You can go from the stiffest setting to the softest setting while sitting at a red light.

 

 

 

Pros:

The stance that was given is above all else, and we are much impressed.
Easy adjustment of comfort from the turn of a dial.
Body roll is almost completely eliminated.

Cons:

None found as of yet.

CustomMaxima.com will provide a $30 discount off this suspension kit
when you mention this review

The finished product:

Application:

  • 95-99 Nissan Maximas

  • 96-99 Infiniti I30s

Additional Note:

  • Some parts are needed if your car carries extensive miles. *Parts listed below

  • Tokico Illumina Struts were used; Tokico Blues are OEM replacement and not made for extreme lowering.

Part Number Information:

  • Illumina Series Suspension Kit
    ILK9599 $649.99
    TokicoKits

 

Where To Purchase:

  • Illumina Series Suspension Kit

    Dealer:
    CustomMaxima: (800) 806-5798

    Contact:
    Sales Department

Tools Required for Installation:

  • Sockets and Wrenches

  • Breaker Bar

  • Spring Compressor

  • Jack Stands

  • WD-40

Installation Process: FRONT

 

Installation is a bit difficult. Before we begin, we would like to emphasize that this can get very dangerous, and would advise using properly functioning spring compressors, and to take your time through these procedures. ALWAYS POINT COMPRESSED SPRINGS AWAY FROM BODY!< 

 

 

Loosen the front two wheels enough so that when you lift the front end they are able to come off without having the axle spin. After lifting the front end of the vehicle with an appropriate sized jack make sure to engage the parking brake, as well as placing large bricks behind your rear wheels as to not have the car roll back. Once the car is lifted high enough, place jack stands in their proper locations and lower the car onto those for added safety.

 

 

 

Remove the two bolts connecting the strut body to the control arm. Be sure to have something to keep the arm in a relatively straight position and not to let it fall, damage can/may be done. Remove the clip that holds in the brake line to the strut using a flat head screw driver to bang it out. With hood open, remove the top three strut tower bolts, DO NOT remove center bolt. Once those bolts are removed, you may simply remove the entire assembly out from the fender and to the side.

 

 

 

Once you have the assembly out, you need to secure your spring compressors to each side of the spring, and tighten enough so that the lower coil separates from the assembly and relieves pressure from the top strut mount. Use spring compressor as advised in manual. When the spring is compressed enough you may loosen and remove the center nut, but please use caution when removing as the mount may still pop from pressure, be sure the layout of the components as you will need to put them back together. KYB Dust boots? conveniently come with a bump stop preinstalled as one piece to make it easier for installation. Also, they are half the size of the factory dust boots to give that added suspension travel that we all deserve. We reused the plastic coil seat which is attached to the lowest coil on the new springs. If yours are damaged beyond operation, we suggest going some place other then the dealer as they charge the usual arm and leg pricing for these.

 

 

 

Reinstall is rather simple yet confusing as we didn't have to compress the spring as much, if any, to get it to sit on the strut assembly with all components above it installed. What you have to make sure of is that the top hat "OUT" position is pointing outward when installed on the car, and the strut mount "F" position is pointing towards the front of the vehicle. Do not forget to reinstall brake line to assembly with clip. Tighten the new center bolt to spec (50 ft-lbs) and reinstall into the car. Torque the top strut tower bolts to spec (30-40 ft-lbs) and torque the lower bolts to spec (110 ft-lbs). Repeat this whole process for the other side, when completed lower front end and enjoy the gangster lean. :)

 

 

Installation Process: REAR

At this point, you are at the rear of the vehicle all excited about how the front went down on the wheels, don't worry about it we're almost done. Loosen the two wheels and replace your bricks to the rear of the front tires. Jacking up the rear is rather tricky, lift car from rear beam and place stands in appropriate positions. Lower the jack to relieve pressure from spring coils. Remove the lower bolt from shock assembly as well as the two nuts hidden away in the trunk of the vehicle underneath the trunk carpeting. DO NOT remove center bolt. Once those bolts are removed, you may simply remove the entire assembly out from the fender and to the side.

 

 

 

Once you have the assembly out, you need to secure your spring compressors to each side of the spring, and tighten enough so that the lower coil separates from the assembly and relieves pressure from the top shock mount. Use spring compressor as advised in manual. When the spring is compressed enough you may loosen and remove the center nut, but please use caution when removing as the mount may still pop from pressure, be sure the layout of the components as you will need to put them back together. The rear Tokico shocks came with their own set of hardware, but you will only be using the new gold bushing and top mount nuts (use both). We reused the plastic coil seat which is attached to the lowest coil on the new springs. Be sure to install the adjustment cap AFTER you reinstall the shock assembly as to not scratch the lettering away. Tighten the new center bolts to spec (80 ft-lbs) and reinstall into the car. Torque the top strut tower bolts to spec (12-14 ft-lbs) and torque the lower bolts. Repeat this whole process for the other side, when completed lower rear end and enjoy. :)

 

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