Previous Thread
Next Thread
New Reply
Print Thread
Rate Thread
Spring Install Progress... #245140 Aug 10, 1:50pm Aug 10, 1:50pm
Joined: Sep 2003
Posts: 3,077
Saint Louis, MO
slidr OP
Specialist
2000 Toyota Celica
slidr OP
Specialist
2000 Toyota Celica

Joined: Sep 2003
Posts: 3,077
Saint Louis, MO
Spring Install Progress...
Well, last night at about one in the morning, I decided to install my Eibach Sportline Lowering Springs. Took me 4 hours (no joke) just to do one spring! It took sooo long because of a few factors:

1. Couldn't turn on the air compressor because it would wake up the whole house.

2. I was about to fall asleep from sleeping pills.

3. Couldn't get the god damn stabalizer support in and out of the strut without beating the living shit out of it and my hands.

4. Never done this kind of work before.


I literally had to wash my hands with Lava soap until they bled to remove all of the grimey ass dirt that builds up on the suspension. It also took me a while to figure out how to position the spring and other components onto the strut just right. Didn't want to fuck anything up.


Hopefully tonight I can at least finish the front of the car, and tomorrow, finish the rear.


Right now, I'm at work, and I had to drive my car with only the front driver's side wheel lowered. Car pulls to the left ever so slightly, but as long as nothing is falling off, I'm happy.

Tonight, I'll be prayin like hell that the strut doesn't give way. I don't trust some of the work I do, but I took long enough on the whole project, so hopefully I did it well.



I will update this post tomorrow with final pics (hopefully).

As for now, I'm not sure why I wrote this, but perhaps someone will take pleasure in my misfortunes. wink


Aqua Teen Hunger Force...number one in the hood, G
Re: Spring Install Progress... [Re: slidr] #245141 Aug 10, 2:25pm Aug 10, 2:25pm
Joined: Jan 2004
Posts: 5,129
Philadelphia, PA
Sultan
Speed Omen
2002 Toyota Celica GT
Sultan
Speed Omen
2002 Toyota Celica GT

Joined: Jan 2004
Posts: 5,129
Philadelphia, PA
driving around that way is crazy bro - I would have just waited until the next day and done it right... an air compressor makes things much easier

Re: Spring Install Progress... [Re: Sultan] #245142 Aug 10, 2:37pm Aug 10, 2:37pm
Joined: Sep 2003
Posts: 3,077
Saint Louis, MO
slidr OP
Specialist
2000 Toyota Celica
slidr OP
Specialist
2000 Toyota Celica

Joined: Sep 2003
Posts: 3,077
Saint Louis, MO
Meh, I'm not too worried about it. It doesn't look bad at all, you can't even tell. It just pulls ever so slightly to the left. Not worried about putting stress on anything such as the tires cause I am only going to drive it like it is for one day only.

And I have a 30 gal air compressor, which makes the job sooooo much easier.


Aqua Teen Hunger Force...number one in the hood, G
Re: Spring Install Progress... [Re: slidr] #245143 Aug 10, 2:40pm Aug 10, 2:40pm
Joined: Jan 2004
Posts: 5,129
Philadelphia, PA
Sultan
Speed Omen
2002 Toyota Celica GT
Sultan
Speed Omen
2002 Toyota Celica GT

Joined: Jan 2004
Posts: 5,129
Philadelphia, PA
ok, then I wish you luck with the remaining three... wave

Re: Spring Install Progress... [Re: Sultan] #245144 Aug 10, 2:55pm Aug 10, 2:55pm
Joined: May 2003
Posts: 5,346
LA
S
spaztikid
dikitzaps
1974 Toyota Celica
spaztikid
S
dikitzaps
1974 Toyota Celica

Joined: May 2003
Posts: 5,346
LA
springs are a bitch... been there done that...

so when mine came, i just payed to get em installed... 90 bucks and an hour later i was on my way thumbsup

Re: Spring Install Progress... [Re: spaztikid] #245145 Aug 10, 3:11pm Aug 10, 3:11pm
Joined: Sep 2003
Posts: 3,077
Saint Louis, MO
slidr OP
Specialist
2000 Toyota Celica
slidr OP
Specialist
2000 Toyota Celica

Joined: Sep 2003
Posts: 3,077
Saint Louis, MO
Originally Posted by spaztikid
springs are a bitch... been there done that...

so when mine came, i just payed to get em installed... 90 bucks and an hour later i was on my way thumbsup
Yeah, well see that's why California rules, and the Midwest sucks.

You guys out there have probably 50 times more places that do custom car work, tires, wheels, etc. Out here in farm country, there are only like 10 places that you can go for certain stuff, and all of them quoted me at like $150 for spring installation.

Would have had my gf's dad do it, but I don't wanna keep bothering him for small shit, just shit I can't do myself.


Aqua Teen Hunger Force...number one in the hood, G
Re: Spring Install Progress... [Re: slidr] #245146 Aug 10, 3:34pm Aug 10, 3:34pm
Joined: Sep 2003
Posts: 3,077
Saint Louis, MO
slidr OP
Specialist
2000 Toyota Celica
slidr OP
Specialist
2000 Toyota Celica

Joined: Sep 2003
Posts: 3,077
Saint Louis, MO
Anyone know an easier way to get the stabalizer bar link back into the strut? I literally had to stand on the bar to get it back in, and even then it took me like a half an hour.

1870166530-celicashopmanual2_Page_0581.sized.jpg

Aqua Teen Hunger Force...number one in the hood, G
Re: Spring Install Progress... [Re: slidr] #245147 Aug 10, 3:36pm Aug 10, 3:36pm
Joined: May 2003
Posts: 5,346
LA
S
spaztikid
dikitzaps
1974 Toyota Celica
spaztikid
S
dikitzaps
1974 Toyota Celica

Joined: May 2003
Posts: 5,346
LA
slid in perfectly for me when i did it...


try putting the endlink in and bolting it as the first thing you do when you reinstall the spring/strut

Re: Spring Install Progress... [Re: spaztikid] #245148 Aug 10, 3:39pm Aug 10, 3:39pm
Joined: Sep 2003
Posts: 3,077
Saint Louis, MO
slidr OP
Specialist
2000 Toyota Celica
slidr OP
Specialist
2000 Toyota Celica

Joined: Sep 2003
Posts: 3,077
Saint Louis, MO
Originally Posted by spaztikid
slid in perfectly for me when i did it...


try putting the endlink in and bolting it as the first thing you do when you reinstall the spring/strut
I thought about that, but in order for it to slide in like that, you would have to move the strut up further, and you can only move it up so far. Unless you are talking about turning the stabalizer to a 45 degree angle, and then moving the strut to the side, and then slide it up??

Also, I'm hoping like hell that the rear wheels will be easier to do. Am I right?


Aqua Teen Hunger Force...number one in the hood, G
Re: Spring Install Progress... [Re: slidr] #245149 Aug 10, 3:40pm Aug 10, 3:40pm
Joined: May 2003
Posts: 5,346
LA
S
spaztikid
dikitzaps
1974 Toyota Celica
spaztikid
S
dikitzaps
1974 Toyota Celica

Joined: May 2003
Posts: 5,346
LA
hahaha... NO... rear is WAY HARDER...

mind you, you have air tools so that makes it easier...

rears are like twice as hard as the front...

Re: Spring Install Progress... [Re: spaztikid] #245150 Aug 10, 3:41pm Aug 10, 3:41pm
Joined: Sep 2003
Posts: 3,077
Saint Louis, MO
slidr OP
Specialist
2000 Toyota Celica
slidr OP
Specialist
2000 Toyota Celica

Joined: Sep 2003
Posts: 3,077
Saint Louis, MO
Fuck. Because you have to get under there more, and because the bolts are torqued more?


Aqua Teen Hunger Force...number one in the hood, G
Re: Spring Install Progress... [Re: slidr] #245151 Aug 10, 3:46pm Aug 10, 3:46pm
Joined: May 2003
Posts: 5,346
LA
S
spaztikid
dikitzaps
1974 Toyota Celica
spaztikid
S
dikitzaps
1974 Toyota Celica

Joined: May 2003
Posts: 5,346
LA
bolts are harder to get off, and you have to drop the whole rear suspension... its that wishbone suspension in the back...

Re: Spring Install Progress... [Re: spaztikid] #245152 Aug 10, 3:50pm Aug 10, 3:50pm
Joined: Sep 2003
Posts: 3,077
Saint Louis, MO
slidr OP
Specialist
2000 Toyota Celica
slidr OP
Specialist
2000 Toyota Celica

Joined: Sep 2003
Posts: 3,077
Saint Louis, MO
Originally Posted by spaztikid
bolts are harder to get off, and you have to drop the whole rear suspension... its that wishbone suspension in the back...
Great, so I guess I'll have to get jack stands so I can do both wheels at the same time. All I have now is a 3000 lb. jack.


Aqua Teen Hunger Force...number one in the hood, G
Re: Spring Install Progress... [Re: slidr] #245153 Aug 10, 3:51pm Aug 10, 3:51pm
Joined: May 2003
Posts: 5,346
LA
S
spaztikid
dikitzaps
1974 Toyota Celica
spaztikid
S
dikitzaps
1974 Toyota Celica

Joined: May 2003
Posts: 5,346
LA
good luck bro...

thumbsup

Re: Spring Install Progress... [Re: spaztikid] #245154 Aug 10, 3:52pm Aug 10, 3:52pm
Joined: Feb 2003
Posts: 271
Michigan
F
fusi0n
Member
fusi0n
F
Member

Joined: Feb 2003
Posts: 271
Michigan
drop the whole suspension? all i did was take out the strut after removing the bottom bolt.

Re: Spring Install Progress... [Re: fusi0n] #245155 Aug 10, 3:58pm Aug 10, 3:58pm
Joined: Sep 2003
Posts: 3,077
Saint Louis, MO
slidr OP
Specialist
2000 Toyota Celica
slidr OP
Specialist
2000 Toyota Celica

Joined: Sep 2003
Posts: 3,077
Saint Louis, MO
Oh god, now I'm confused.

Gimme a minute, and I'll post what the shop manual says...


Aqua Teen Hunger Force...number one in the hood, G
Re: Spring Install Progress... [Re: slidr] #245156 Aug 10, 4:03pm Aug 10, 4:03pm
Joined: Sep 2003
Posts: 3,077
Saint Louis, MO
slidr OP
Specialist
2000 Toyota Celica
slidr OP
Specialist
2000 Toyota Celica

Joined: Sep 2003
Posts: 3,077
Saint Louis, MO
Step 6 looks like the tough part...

1870166680-s.jpg

Aqua Teen Hunger Force...number one in the hood, G
Re: Spring Install Progress... [Re: slidr] #245157 Aug 10, 4:04pm Aug 10, 4:04pm
Joined: Sep 2003
Posts: 3,077
Saint Louis, MO
slidr OP
Specialist
2000 Toyota Celica
slidr OP
Specialist
2000 Toyota Celica

Joined: Sep 2003
Posts: 3,077
Saint Louis, MO
I guess this is step six...

Fuck, do I have to unbolt the exhaust???

1870166687-t.jpg

Aqua Teen Hunger Force...number one in the hood, G
Re: Spring Install Progress... [Re: slidr] #245158 Aug 10, 5:09pm Aug 10, 5:09pm
Joined: Sep 2003
Posts: 3,077
Saint Louis, MO
slidr OP
Specialist
2000 Toyota Celica
slidr OP
Specialist
2000 Toyota Celica

Joined: Sep 2003
Posts: 3,077
Saint Louis, MO
Where ya at?


Aqua Teen Hunger Force...number one in the hood, G
Re: Spring Install Progress... [Re: slidr] #245159 Aug 10, 7:14pm Aug 10, 7:14pm
Joined: Feb 2004
Posts: 61
Pennsylvania, USA
BlackCelicaGTS
Member
2000 Toyota Celica
BlackCelicaGTS
Member
2000 Toyota Celica

Joined: Feb 2004
Posts: 61
Pennsylvania, USA
yeah the back is such a bitch. You need to unbolt several things jsut to get the strut out of the "cage" its in. Dont matter how you wrestle with it...unless you unbolt like the whole rear suspention your not gonna be able to pull it out. i wish you luck


AEM Cold Air Intake * Fidanza Lightened Flywheel * TRD Clutch * TSRM!!! [Linked Image]
Re: Spring Install Progress... [Re: BlackCelicaGTS] #245160 Aug 11, 12:22am Aug 11, 12:22am
Joined: Feb 2003
Posts: 271
Michigan
F
fusi0n
Member
fusi0n
F
Member

Joined: Feb 2003
Posts: 271
Michigan
like i said, you dont have to unbolt the whole rear suspension. all i did was remove the wheel, remove the exhaust, unbolt the top three bolts on the strut, use an impact wrench to get the bottom bolt on the strut, then move it around a bit and its out.

Re: Spring Install Progress... [Re: fusi0n] #245161 Aug 11, 12:54am Aug 11, 12:54am
Joined: Sep 2003
Posts: 986
Valencia, CA
B
BReakinDrifTs
Senior Member
BReakinDrifTs
B
Senior Member

Joined: Sep 2003
Posts: 986
Valencia, CA
Good luck man thumbsup

Put on some latex gloves man wave

Re: Spring Install Progress... [Re: BReakinDrifTs] #245162 Aug 11, 2:39am Aug 11, 2:39am
Joined: Nov 2002
Posts: 929
Japan
2000 RED Toyota Celica GTS
Satoshi
ECelica Staff
2000 Toyota Celica GTS
Satoshi
2000 RED Toyota Celica GTS
ECelica Staff
2000 Toyota Celica GTS

Joined: Nov 2002
Posts: 929
Japan


Satoshi from JAPAN
[Linked Image]
Re: Spring Install Progress... [Re: BReakinDrifTs] #245163 Aug 11, 1:53pm Aug 11, 1:53pm
Joined: Sep 2003
Posts: 3,077
Saint Louis, MO
slidr OP
Specialist
2000 Toyota Celica
slidr OP
Specialist
2000 Toyota Celica

Joined: Sep 2003
Posts: 3,077
Saint Louis, MO
Originally Posted by BReakinDrifTs
Good luck man thumbsup

Put on some latex gloves man wave
Yeah, I did today, but I went through a pair a minute because they kept ripping.


Aqua Teen Hunger Force...number one in the hood, G
Got the front done...Rear is still stock :) [Re: Satoshi] #245164 Aug 11, 1:58pm Aug 11, 1:58pm
Joined: Sep 2003
Posts: 3,077
Saint Louis, MO
slidr OP
Specialist
2000 Toyota Celica
slidr OP
Specialist
2000 Toyota Celica

Joined: Sep 2003
Posts: 3,077
Saint Louis, MO
Satoshi, is there anything that you can't do? thumbsup Thanks for the details on the rear suspension. I will be dealing with that tonight.



I finally got the front done today. It looks great, but kinda strange since the front is lowered, and the rear is untouched. That will change tonight.

I took pics today of the lowered front end and the raised back end, but my digital camera won't power up. frown


Aqua Teen Hunger Force...number one in the hood, G
Re: Got the front done...Rear is still stock :) [Re: slidr] #245165 Aug 11, 10:21pm Aug 11, 10:21pm
Joined: Feb 2003
Posts: 914
Alberta, Canada
robare99
Senior Member
2003 Toyota Celica GT
robare99
Senior Member
2003 Toyota Celica GT

Joined: Feb 2003
Posts: 914
Alberta, Canada
I've said it before and I'll say it again. Satoshi has one of the best personal sites around. Anything you want to do, he's done it and documented it along the way.

Top drawer brother... top drawer.
(GOD I've been waiting a long time to throw that into a conversation. haha)

Re: Got the front done...Rear is still stock :) [Re: robare99] #245166 Aug 12, 5:14am Aug 12, 5:14am
Joined: Aug 2003
Posts: 678
New York
2003 Absolutely Red Toyota Celica GT
celicatalbot
Senior Member
2003 Toyota Celica GT
celicatalbot
2003 Absolutely Red Toyota Celica GT
Senior Member
2003 Toyota Celica GT

Joined: Aug 2003
Posts: 678
New York
Satoshi does it again!1 thumbsup


My car might be slow, but at least it looks nice!
Re: Got the front done...Rear is still stock :) [Re: robare99] #245167 Aug 12, 4:57pm Aug 12, 4:57pm
Joined: Sep 2003
Posts: 3,077
Saint Louis, MO
slidr OP
Specialist
2000 Toyota Celica
slidr OP
Specialist
2000 Toyota Celica

Joined: Sep 2003
Posts: 3,077
Saint Louis, MO
Originally Posted by robare99
I've said it before and I'll say it again. Satoshi has one of the best personal sites around. Anything you want to do, he's done it and documented it along the way.

Top drawer brother... top drawer.
(GOD I've been waiting a long time to throw that into a conversation. haha)
rofl

Never a dull moment with you.


Aqua Teen Hunger Force...number one in the hood, G
Join the conversation - Register Now or Log In to add your comment


Moderated by  isaac 

Member Spotlight
GoHorns
GoHorns
2004 Toyota Celica GT
Chino Hills,CA

Posts: 94
Joined: January 2005
Show All Member Profiles 
Recent Topics
Celica Project
by Excel. 11/18/2017 9:15 AM
Low idle and slow take off
by Wmillerjr. 11/17/2017 9:34 AM
OEM Floor Mats
by Mac_TheBeard. 11/16/2017 11:06 PM
Smoking after cleaning injectors
by CelicaSW88. 11/15/2017 11:03 AM
What Tail light is this?
by Hanate. 11/14/2017 7:37 PM
2001 Celica VVTI 140 Wheel Studs
by minos316. 11/11/2017 4:06 PM
Is This Transmission Normal??
by Bilster. 11/03/2017 9:25 PM
New Celica Owner
by Sean65. 11/03/2017 4:00 AM
Customize Your Toyota Celica Privacy Policy · About · Contact
Privacy Policy · About · Contact
CelicaHobby.com is an independent Toyota Celica enthusiast website. CelicaHobby.com is not sponsored by or affiliated with Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. in any way. The Toyota and Celica names and logos are trademarks owned by Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.
© CelicaHobby.com, 2001-2017
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.1
(Snapshot build 20171111)