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Replacing suspension, any tips?

Hey fellas I'm about to replace the shocks struts and springs on the car and I wanted to ask if anyone knows any good instructions out there and things to look out for. I've never done it before but a couple of buddies have done it in their car so they're helping me out. Any help or tips are greatly appreciate it. Thanks fellas

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If you have friends that are helping that have done it before, you should be ok. But how are you guys doing it? There are a couple of ways to do the front, some guys unbolt the top of the struts and lower the control arms down, or you can unbolt and knock-out the lower ball joint and then lower the control arms out.

Either way, unbolting the sway bars will allow much more movement to get the springs out and in.

Other then that, having a long pry bar will come in handy...


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We haven't really discussed it. I planned to do it in the next couple days. Sounds like the spring replacement is a pain. Which route would u recommend, unbolting the strut and lowering the control arm sounds like the simplest way.
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The strut method is simple, not sure if it allows easy removal of the spring though.

I have always done it by knocking out the ball joint, but the strut method might work for you better.

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I'm also a little worried about the spring positioning. I keep hearing that I could run into some problem if I don't position the springs facing the correct way or the proper way. I'm a little confused about that whole situation.
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Its not a huge deal... All you have to do is look at the bottom of the front springs, make sure the curly "Q" part is towards the bottom and rotated fully into the recess of the control arm, and don't forget the isolators or it will squeak like a b!tch.

Here are some arms, see where they spiral into a deeper point?
http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A2KJkK7bUY...ges/a_arms.jpg

And the spring, see the end that would fit down into the arm above?
http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A2KJke1MUo...e/DSCN1453.jpg

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Ohhhh so there's some sort of groove where the spring goes into the control arm. Sweeet THANKS man for all the help I just want everything to go right.
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No problem man.

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