FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

Suspension:

 

  • Can I adjust the ride height in the rear of the Spyder?

Yes. Simple adjustments can be made in minutes. Unique pinch clamp height adjuster uses finer thread for easy adjustment. You can adjust the rear coilover ride height by using a spanner wrench in minutes. Simply turn the coilover retainer left to loosen or right to tighten, which raises or lowers your ride height. You can purchase the correct spanner wrench in our online store.

  • RideTech coilovers have Derlin spring washers, what are the benefits?

Delrin Spring Washers now come standard on any new coilover purchase. They are placed between the spring and coil retainer. They significantly reduce the force required to adjust the lower spring mount when changing pre-load or ride height. Delrin is 18% better tensile strength, is 16% more rigid, 12% harder, and 8% better in terms of operating temperatures than your standard rubber coil spring/shock-body meaning it will out last (Lifetime Warranty) any other spacer on the market. Delrin is also self-lubricating making road nose and squeaks minimal when driving hard. 

  • Spyders come with different shock, coilover, and air ride configurations, what are they and can you set up my order accordingly to how I'll use my Spyder? 

Yes. We can suggest and install the proper shock/coilover setup for your purpose and configuration. We offer our RQ Series, HQ Series, Select Series, TQ Series, on all our shocks, coilovers, and even our Shockwave Series Air Ride setups.

  • What is the "RQ" Series, shock/coilover/shockwave? (Ride Quality Series)

The Ride Quality ("RQ") series is a great entry level solution. It still retains all the mounting and installation advantages of the other shock series. With fixed shock valving, the RQ series is designed to optimize ride quality, leaving out the guess work. 

Features: 

• Fixed shock valving designed to optimize ride quality
• Aluminum impact forged construction provides leak free operation
• A great option for increasing ride quality and performance on a budget
• Monotube design

  • What is the "HQ" Series, shock/coilover/shockwave? (Handling Quality Series)

The Handling Quality ("HQ") series features adjustable shock valving. It is housed in a lightweight aluminum impact forged construction that is available in a wide range of stroke lengths, and mounting styles to fit a large variety of applications.

Features:
• Aluminum impact forged construction allows leak free operation
• Single rebound shock valving adjustment
• Monotube design for superior oil control
• Easy & precise valve adjustment with 26 rebound clicks

  •  What is the "Select" Series, shock/coilover/shockwave?

The Select Series is a steel body monotube damper with TWO sets of independent internal valving so you can choose between "cruise-mode" with a soft compliant ride or a firmer "sport mode" for handling performance... all at the touch of a switch!

Features:
• Proven reliable OEM electronic damping technology
• Steel monotube construction
• Durability over 100k miles
• Instant response to valving changes
• Perfect for vehicles with radically changing loads

  • What is the "TQ" Series, shock/coilover/shockwave? (Track Quality Series)

The Track Quality ("TQ") shock line goes beyond the typical double adjustable units that have been popular; the TA shock has a single rebound adjustment and a DUAL stage [high speed and low speed] compression adjustment.

Features:
• Single rebound adjustment PLUS dual stage high & low speed compression
• Aluminum impact forged shock construction for leak free operation
• Monotube design for superior oil control
• Remote reservoir includes mounting brackets

  • What type of warranty is included on your suspension?

All our RideTech shocks, coilovers, springs, shockwaves, and derlin shock washers come with a 1,000,0001 mile warranty. Best warranty on the market. 

 

General Care & Maintenance:

 

  • What grade of gasoline/fuel do these engines operate on?

We recommend Premium Gaslone, 90-95 octane. NO DIESEL fuel should ever be ran through your VW, Porsche, or Subaru engine. We can custom tune turbo applications to run on race fuel, flex fuel, and E85. We offer various fuel pump and fuel line upgrades to accommodate. 

  • Dead battery?

A fresh battery should produce slightly more than 12 volts -- up to 12.6 (about 6.3 volts for a six volt battery). If the voltage is low, the battery is flat, which means it may just need a charge, or it might be dead and won't take a charge.We recommend keeping your battery plugged into a Battery Tinder when your car is parked. We offer these for purchase in our online store. 

  • Valve adjustment for VW & Porsche aircooled engines:

Incorrectly adjusted valves can cause the engine to stall. Too tight, and they don't seal/seat down properly, so that cylinder isn't working hard enough and will eventually burn that valve. Too loose and the valve timing changes, so the engine sounds rattly and runs rough. Many people don't bother to adjust their valves often enough (you HAVE to check them every 3000 miles), and they stretch slowly in use (especially the exhaust valve). So you'd get tight valves and resultant valve burning (because they start to leak hot gases when they don't sit hard on the valve seat when they are 'tight'). 

  • Wheel & Tire Maintenance:

 

  • Oil Changes:

 

  • Spark Plugs:

 

  • What local shops can service my 356 Speedster or 550 Spyder?

 

  • Brake Maintenance:

 

  • Headlight, brakes, and turn signal bulb types:

 

  • Speedometer is not working properly, what do I do?

 

  • Windshield & Lexan Windscreen Care:

 

  • Average cost of maintenance on a 356 Speedster or 550 Spyder?

  • Alignments:

 

Electronics:

  • Can I add a stereo to my 550 Spyder?

 

  • Can I add an alarm system to my 356 Speedster or 550 Spdyer?

 

  • GPS & Navigation:

 

  • Heat seats, how do I use them?

 

  • Brake lights not working?

 

356 Speedster & 550 Spyder General Maintenance Schedule:

 

  • Check Frequently:
    • Lights
    • Tire Inflation and Condition
    • Engine Oil Level
  • Check every 3 months or 3,000 miles:
    • Transmission Gear Oil and Axle Boots
    • Battery and Cables
    • Belts (If this applies to you)
    • Engine Air Filter(s) 
    • Engine Oil
    • Hoses
    • Lights
    • Tire Inflation and Condition
  • Check every 6 months or 6,000 miles:
    • Transmission Gear Oil and Axle Boots
    • Battery and Cables
    • Belts (If this applies to you)
    • Engine Air Filter(s)
    • Engine Oil
    • Hoses
    • Lights
    • Tire Inflation and Condition
    • Wiper Blades (If this applies to you)
  • Check every 9 months or 9,000 miles:
    • Transmission Gear Oil and Axle Boots
    • Battery and Cables
    • Belts (If this applies to you)
    • Engine Air Filter(s)
    • Engine Oil
    • Hoses
    • Lights
    • Tire Inflation and Condition 
  • Check every 12 months or 12,000 miles:
    • Transmission Gear Oil and Axle Boots
    • Battery and Cables
    • Belts (If this applies to you)
    • Brakes
    • Cabin Air Filter
    • Chassis Lubrication
    • Coolant (Antifreeze) (If this applies to you)
    • Engine Air Filter(s)
    • Engine Oil
    • Hoses
    • Lights
    • Steering and Suspension
    • Tire Inflation and Condition
    • Wheel Alignment
    • Wiper Blades (If this applies to you)