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Old 04-17-2004, 06:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok whassup guys ....I recently bought a set of rear bilstein sport shocks and have plans to get the fronts and the lowering spring........Theyve been sitting in my house for like a month already and im too broke to buy the fronts and the springs at this time........Right now my susp is bone stock with 120k on it and I have a terrible ride.....Soooooooo Im itchin to do some wrench turnin today........I wanna install the shocks .....The shocks are for use with lowering springs which I dont have yet. What my question is ...can I install just the rear shocks to satisfy my urge or is it better to wait till I have all the other components. Will it hurt the shock any to run it with stock springs.......Its like 7am EST, hopefully, someone will get back to me by noon today so if I can Ill do the install today......Thanks again guys, I appriciate your input O wise ones.......
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it won't hurt anything, but you would be better off waiting to install them with the springs. So much of the work is tedious and repetitive, you would regret not putting them in together because of the work load. If you really want something to do, come change my oil and put my backseat back together one I figure a way to get the rattles to stop.
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Old 04-18-2004, 12:45 AM   #3 (permalink)
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what about some dynamat inder the lip, and then put back the little pins......that might take care of the rattle......BTW....when are you coming to Long Island....we should plan to meet ...or maybe get a regional meet or sumthing like that ....or even just a drive .....my suspention and rim woes should be taken care of by the beginning of june....
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I'll be moving in late August or early September, but I'll be making visits before then. I will be in the area June 3-7, but north of LI. Im staying with some friends in Stamford (CT) and going to the Greenwich Concours de Elegance on the 5-6.

My car looks so sexy right now. I still haven't reassembled my rear seat, plus the racoon damage up front. I did find two strips of sticky shit that i have no clue it is, but I think they were the source of my rattle. I still get some, but no where near as much.
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The rear ones are easy to change. The hardest part is actually getting to the bolts to unscrew them on the top. There is write up that I did in the FAQ section with pics of just about everything that you need to do. I would do it all in one day though. You don't need a spring compressor for the back so you could go ahead and do those. Also you won't be repeating really any of the work if you put the springs on the rear later because the rear struts don't do through the springs.
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Don't you need an alignment afterwards?
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