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Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Pole Position #1
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wrenches/sockets, some common sense and maybe a breaker bar.
unhook the brakeline from back of strut.
support the hub (rotor) w/something. (u dont want 2 stretch u brake line, it breaks)
take the struts off car (USE JACKSTANDS WHEN U LIFT THE CAR!)
compress the spring, one compressor on each side. that means 2 per spring on oppisit sides, to release the tension off the mount.
be sure the spring is compresses enough!! i try to compress 3-4 of the coils at a time. the spring should wiggle loosely in its place if done properly.
IF U DO THIS WRONG, THE SPRING WILL SHOOT OUT WHEN U UNSKREW THE NUT ON TOP, AND U CAN GET HURT BADLY!!!!!!!
keep the mounting parts in order, switch out the fastener nuts w/ the new ones.
put springs on new struts. put mounting plates, nuts, stuff on in correct order
make sure everything is tight. (i dont have the torque specs w/me right now, but u can probably look them up unless someone here has them)
carefully release the compressors(make sure the springd are seated in the cup properly)
install them back on the car & insert brake line into holder.
repeat on other side.
the first one will take u a while till u get the hang of it, but i can do them both in about 45 minutes now.
good luck! let me know how it goes. im going to put my g/f's struts on her car now.