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Front Struts a DIY Job?

I'm considering installing aftermarket shocks/struts, but have never changed struts before, only shocks. I know I'll need a spring compressor of some sort. Otherwise, is this a DIY job? I'm well equipped with tools and wrenching experience. Or, should I just take it somewhere, pay and wait.

Thinking about the Eibachs from AM, they seem like the only direct fit aftermarket unit for my otherwise stock 2012 V6. I don't want to lower it, just remove some of the extra bounce on large dips.

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very easy if you don't mind the spring compressor. two bolts on the spindle, one for brake line, clip for abs sensor, sway bar endlink stud nut, and top nut. That's all. You'll need a decent impact wrench to get that top nut tightened easily.


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I looked over the procedure in the online service manual and it looks straightforward. Will I need some special extra-deep socket for the impact wrench?
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Also I could take the removed spring/strut assy somewhere and have them replace the strut so as not to mess with the big springs with some cheap chinese spring compressor.
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you local autozone if you have one rents spring compressors, this is a fairly easy job, its not as bad as it sounds. if you have some basic tools and an impact gun you can do it. you will need deep well sockets more then likely for the top of the strut and possibly the spring compressor. you may want to look into some lowering springs if you are going threw all the hassle of putting stock springs on aftermarket struts

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That's nice, there's an Autozone nearby.
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Also, you are not limited to the specified 11'-12' strut offerings. Get the GT500 upper strut mount, which is an upgrade unto itself, and you can use struts that are spec'd for the 05'-09' models.

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All the major parts stores will let you use a spring compressor for a $75 (somewhere around that) deposit. You get every cent back when you return it . I'm old and disabled I did mine myself in my yard with a little snow on the ground. Check youtube for videos.

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Also, you are not limited to the specified 11'-12' strut offerings. Get the GT500 upper strut mount, which is an upgrade unto itself, and you can use struts that are spec'd for the 05'-09' models.


This is very important. Pay close attention to which struts you purchase. '11+ models require specific upper strut mounts. '05-10 models allow more options as far as strut mounts with the cheapest being GT500 mounts. The stock '11+ mounts are very fragile and can come apart in your hands when disassembling the strut. Make sure to have new ones before work begins. I would recommend the GT500 mounts with '05-10 struts if on a budget, or Steeda HD mounts for either the '05-10 or '11+ if you have more cash to spend.
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Take your time with the strut mounts or else youll have little ball bearings all over the ground lol

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You do not need a spring compressor..

Checkout this vid from latemodelrestoration.

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Nice video! The only suspicious part is "slightly compress and install the nut"' he compressed it by hand and somehow it stayed compressed while he started the nut. Could it be that easy?
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Two Points:

1. You NEED spring compressors for this job

2. For street use, aftermarket suspension parts are totally overrated. If you want to remove bounce, get some take off GT shocks or just order some Brembo GT shocks from Ford. Ideally the take-offs would come with some take-off GT springs.

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Nice video! The only suspicious part is "slightly compress and install the nut"' he compressed it by hand and somehow it stayed compressed while he started the nut. Could it be that easy?
You need to keeo downward force to get the nut started. But yes it is that easy.

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Two Points:

1. You NEED spring compressors for this job

2. For street use, aftermarket suspension parts are totally overrated. If you want to remove bounce, get some take off GT shocks or just order some Brembo GT shocks from Ford. Ideally the take-offs would come with some take-off GT springs.
Gt shocks are hardly an upgrade. The only "stock oem" I would use is the Svtpp setup from the gt500 and yes I have run those on the street.

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