Coilover Top Mounts

Wilhelm Raceworks coilover top mounts

The Wilhelm Raceworks coilover top mounts for the MKII (SW20) MR2 provide significant improvements in dynamic camber and allow the suspension to move more freely by mounting both the shock and spring through the spherical bearing. These improvements are discussed further in my suspension analysis.  They also provide more room for wider wheels and tires on the front of the car.

The top mounts can be configured in several ways.  They will be assembled before shipping in whichever configuration you choose, but can be easily reconfigured later.

Standard: Provides the maximum increase in camber / strut angle without needing to cut or drill the body of the car. The front mount adds camber and caster, positioning the shock adjuster behind the rear inner strut mount bolt hole, allowing access to the adjuster.
Extreme: Moves the front strut top inboard by an additional 0.75" and the rear inboard by an additional 0.5". The benefits of this are discussed both in my suspension analysis as well as in the blog post where I talk about prototyping these mounts. This requires a hole be drilled in the chassis to access the adjuster on your shock, and may require modifications to your coilovers (such as slotting the knuckle brackets) in order to reduce camber to a reasonable level. This template can be used to assist in locating and drilling the required holes.
Mild (front only): Some camber and caster increase, but the adjuster remains within the large inner opening in the strut tower. This is option is beneficial for those without power steering, or for shocks that might require cutting even in the standard position.  This position is not drilled by default, but dimples are provided to locate the holes.  They can be drilled and tapped later by the end user, or if you select this option they will be drilled before shipping.

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Package deal: Purchase a full set of coilover top mounts and a suspension geometry kit and save $80!

SKU : Coilover Top Mount - Full Set
Price range : $220 to $420
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Wilhelm Raceworks top mounts for SW20 MR2

Old Style Top Mounts - CLEARANCE PRICE

Wilhelm Raceworks "Extreme" Top Mounts

SKU : Old Style Extreme Rear Top Mounts
Price range : $210 to $210
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Standard Spring Perches

Some coilovers do not use a separate upper spring perch, particularly on the rear, instead resting the spring directly on the underside of their strut mount similar to the stock suspension. These require the addition of a new upper perch to be compatible with these strut mounts. See the chart below, or contact me for help choosing the correct perches for your application.  Sold by the pair.

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Roller Bearing Spring Perches

Roller bearing perch

Upper spring perch with an integrated, sealed, angular contact roller bearing.  When installed on the front in place of a standard solid spring perch this allows the steering action to be handled by a bearing intended for that rotary motion, just like the stock Toyota upper mounts.  Steering feel is significantly improved, and maintenance is reduced compared to using "Torrington" thrust roller bearings under the springs.  Upgrading an existing setup with these perches will in many cases require the purchase of a pair of shoulder nuts as well.  Sold by the pair.

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Shoulder Nuts

Shoulder Nuts

Beginning September 2017, all top mounts are sold with these shoulder nuts included to replace your coilovers standard top nut.  Custom made from high strength alloy steel to fit the 3/4" bearings used in my top mounts, these nuts allow for increased thread engagement while allowing for additional room for a spring perch under the top mount.  Sold individually for those wanting to upgrade existing top mount setups.  Available with M14x1.5, M12x1.5, and M12x1.25 threads.

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Coilover Fitment

In my experience, M14x1.5 is by far the most common thread found on the top of MR2 struts / coilovers.  A few also use a 12mm thread.  In most cases the ID of the spring perch perch will match the thread size.  The notable exception is on stock replacement struts such as the Koni Sport (Koni Yellow).  These have a slightly larger diameter section below the threads.  The data that I have been able to gather over the years is summarized below.  Blanks  indicate items for which I do not have confirmed data.  Any information that you can provide to help expand or complete this table is greatly appreciated.

Coilover / Damper

Thread Size Spring ID Perch ID Notes
Koni Sport M14x1.5  2.5" 15mm  
Koni Race M14x1.5  2.5" 14mm  
KW V3 M14x1.5 60mm 14mm Requires rear spring perch.
JIC M14x1.5   14mm  
H&R M14x1.5 60mm 14mm  
Tien Basic M14x1.5      
Tien Flex M14x1.5      
Tien Mono-Flex M14x1.5 2.5" (65mm) 15mm Rear springs 70mm ID.  Reuse existing rear spring perch.
I have ONE set of 70mm spring perches in stock, contact me to order.
BC Racing M12x1.5
60mm 12mm Requires rear spring perch.
Thread pitch varies! Please double check before ordering.
Fortune Auto M12x1.25 60mm 12mm Requires rear spring perch.
Blitz ZZR M12x1.25 60mm 12mm  
Feal M12x1.25      


The plates are machined from 6061-T6 aluminum and anodized flat black. The spherical bearings are made-in-the-USA FK pieces rated at over 7000lb axial load. Shoulder nuts to adapt the spherical bearing to the thread on the top of your strut shaft are included beginning in September 2017.

The front mounts will move the strut top inward significantly farther than any other on the market, as well as providing increased caster (about 7.2 degrees on my setup). They position the adjuster knob on your strut in line with one of the bolt holes in the chassis, enabling these camber and caster gains without requiring any cutting of the chassis, as shown in the pictures below.

Front Top Mount Installed Rear Top Mount Installed

These are not "camber plates" in the traditional sense, that is, they are not adjustable. My opinion is that the proper use of adjustable camber plates is to set them to their max camber position, and then use crash bolts to set the desired camber at the hub. The reason for this is that leaning the strut inward provides significant improvement in camber curves, as discussed in my suspension analysis, as well as gaining clearance for wider wheels and tires. Additionally, changing camber plate settings has a large affect on toe, making it a more complex adjustment than it would appear. Better to just set it up once, and set it up right.

The increased caster causes the wheels to gain camber due to steering input giving you more camber when you need it most. The end result of all of this is that you can get the same or better cornering performance while actually running LESS static camber, providing better braking and acceleration grip, as well as better tire wear.


A few things to be aware of regarding the use of these mounts:

1. They provide a LOT of camber in front. Depending on your ride height and how much camber you want you may need to substitute a smaller bolt for your upper crash bolt. I have used a 12mm Grade 10.9 bolt from the hardware store, which enabled me to get down to about -2°. Two of the smallest Toyota crash bolts will get you to about -3°.  Other aftermarket lobed camber bolts may be able to achieve similar results to the 12mm bolt I used, although I have not tested to confirm this.

2. The increased caster does effect steering effort. Its not a big deal with power steering, but if you have manual steering it may be more than you want to deal with.  The added caster also may cause tire rubbing on the rear inside edge of the wheel well at full steering lock.  This can usually be resolved by adjusting the strut rod to pull the wheel forward in the wheel well.  Aftermarket adjustable strut rods are required on a 93+ MR2 in order to do this.

3. Because of moving the rear strut top in, the rear strut may contact the frame rails at full droop on some longer stroke coilovers. This isn't an issue under any normal circumstances, but it does limit droop travel slightly. Just something to be aware of. You may need to lift the hub with a jack and slightly compress the strut during installation.  Most coilovers have a short enough stroke that this does not occur.

4. These mounts REQUIRE the use of a separate upper spring perch. Unlike many rear mounts, they are not designed to be use as a combined strut mount and spring perch. If your coilovers do not have a separate upper spring perch in the rear you will need to purchase those as well.

5. Due to the large diameter of stock and stock-style "lowering springs", these mounts will not work with those setups. Sorry, coilovers only.


  1. Sunday, 26 March 2023 20:37

    Hey Alex,

    I just purchased your mild strut tops and received them, thank you. I neglected to see that I need to get a rear spring perch set. It seems that the KW suppled perch for the fronts actually also fit the rear so I was thinking of moving those to the rear and purchasing a set of the roller bearing perch set for the fronts. Does any of your research advise I don't do this? 

    I would also prefer express (day or two) shipping as I'm trying to get this done asap. The carrier of your choice is fine. I'm a UPS driver myself but our prices are ridiculous for next day lol. 

    I'm ordering now and believe I have the correct size for my application. If you see error in it, pls change accordingly.

    Thank you,

    Jeremy DeHart



    1. Sunday, 26 March 2023 21:35

      Hi Jeremy.  That's exactly what I recommend for the KW's.  I will follow up by email on shipping options.

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