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Aug 10, 2:50pm - #245140 
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


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Aug 10, 3:25pm - #245141 
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

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Aug 10, 3:37pm - #245142 
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.


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Aug 10, 3:40pm - #245143 
ok, then I wish you luck with the remaining three... wave

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Aug 10, 3:55pm - #245144 
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

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Aug 10, 4:11pm - #245145 
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.


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Aug 10, 4:34pm - #245146 
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.

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Aug 10, 4:36pm - #245147 
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

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Aug 10, 4:39pm - #245148 
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?


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Aug 10, 4:40pm - #245149 
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...

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Aug 10, 4:41pm - #245150 
Fuck. Because you have to get under there more, and because the bolts are torqued more?


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Aug 10, 4:46pm - #245151 
bolts are harder to get off, and you have to drop the whole rear suspension... its that wishbone suspension in the back...

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Aug 10, 4:50pm - #245152 
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.


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Aug 10, 4:51pm - #245153 
good luck bro...

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Aug 10, 4:52pm - #245154 
drop the whole suspension? all i did was take out the strut after removing the bottom bolt.

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Aug 10, 4:58pm - #245155 
Oh god, now I'm confused.

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


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Aug 10, 5:03pm - #245156 
Step 6 looks like the tough part...

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Aug 10, 5:04pm - #245157 
I guess this is step six...

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

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Aug 10, 6:09pm - #245158 
Where ya at?


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Aug 10, 8:14pm - #245159 
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


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Aug 11, 1:22am - #245160 
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.

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Aug 11, 1:54am - #245161 
Good luck man thumbsup

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Aug 11, 2:53pm - #245163 
Originally Posted by BReakinDrifTs
Good luck man thumbsup

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Aug 11, 2:58pm - #245164 
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


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Aug 11, 11:21pm - #245165 
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.
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Satoshi does it again!1 thumbsup


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Aug 12, 5:57pm - #245167 
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)
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