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Default How to change springs?, 2006 Mustang GT

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I was thinking of changing the springs on my 2006 GT, with Eibach or Steeda to lower the car. Can it be a do it your self job or should I have a shop do it? I changed springs before on a Jeep but never on a Mustang. Does any one have any good tips? and links on how to change them?
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the rears are very easy to change out. the fronts should be done with a spring compressor. take the strut out of your car and take it to a shop and let them change the spring and you put it back together
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+1 on what Mick said. Its the safest way to do it. Just mark the upper bearing so you can tell the shop to assemble it the same way. You might also think seriously about upgrading the upper strut bearing. I would at least put a new stock one in. They do have a poping problem.
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It isn't a big deal, I changed mine without a problem. Make sure there you take your time and that there isn't much compression left when you separating the front spring from the strut.
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Just mark the upper bearing so you can tell the shop to assemble it the same way.
Is that an issue when using aftermarket cammber plates?
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Is that an issue when using aftermarket cammber plates?
With the adjustable ones you want the adjustment to go in and out for the camber adjustment not fwr and aft. which would give you caster.
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+1 on what Mick said. Its the safest way to do it. Just mark the upper bearing so you can tell the shop to assemble it the same way. You might also think seriously about upgrading the upper strut bearing. I would at least put a new stock one in. They do have a poping problem.
The upper strut bearing plate looks like a big hockey puck. They just wear out like anything else, not a big deal. The point is you have to remove it to replace the front spring, actually it sits on top of the spring (has the 4 studs you see poking thru your shock tower), so the point is, if you have a few miles on your car, might as well replace them when you change out your springs. This is what I did, but mine only had 12k miles on them, by the way, they are listed in the classified along with my proline eibachs for sale!
Really up to you if you replace the upper plate, but also will need an alignment done once you get the springs in, so don't forget to do that. Will need camber bolt kit to do it right or you will never get your alignment back in spec with the lowered springs. Lowering the car with springs is much more than just pulling out the springs and sticking new ones in. You'll need the camber bolt kits (1 each side about $40 each) and an allignment ($85) and if you want it done right the upper plates replaced ($61 list price each side motorcraft). Now add that to the price of the springs and if you get someone to install it or if you do it yourself.
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The upper strut bearing plate looks like a big hockey puck. They just wear out like anything else, not a big deal. The point is you have to remove it to replace the front spring, actually it sits on top of the spring (has the 4 studs you see poking thru your shock tower), so the point is, if you have a few miles on your car, might as well replace them when you change out your springs. This is what I did, but mine only had 12k miles on them, by the way, they are listed in the classified along with my proline eibachs for sale!
Really up to you if you replace the upper plate, but also will need an alignment done once you get the springs in, so don't forget to do that. Will need camber bolt kit to do it right or you will never get your alignment back in spec with the lowered springs. Lowering the car with springs is much more than just pulling out the springs and sticking new ones in. You'll need the camber bolt kits (1 each side about $40 each) and an allignment ($85) and if you want it done right the upper plates replaced ($61 list price each side motorcraft). Now add that to the price of the springs and if you get someone to install it or if you do it yourself.
If you get camber/caster plates you don't need the bolts.
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Steeda Ultralight lowering springs install (w/pics)

This is a link to another forum, one of the members did a real nice write up on installing springs. Be sure to get a front end alignment, when you are done. I rented a spring compressor from Advance Auto parts.

Hope this helps.
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Thanks for all the info. I'll let you know how it goes.
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