Unclemat, Believe it - I'd be more than happy to post a picture of the front USA OE strut (un assembled) and the new JDM Bilstein BTS 5056 front strut side by side. The appropreate top hat (if thats what there called in Japan?) is other than what is used here in the USA.
As far as the rear spring the JDM Bilstein spring is tapered substantially at its top, as seen in the photos. (the beginning of this thread.) The USDM OE rear spring is the same diameter from bottom to top; not so with the JDM Bilstein BTS 5056 kit rear spring as delivered to me.
Last edited by M. Schneider; 06-13-2009 at 08:03 AM..