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i need help with my coil over installation i just got my coilovers, and im putting them on my zx2 sr stuts, and i need help a.s.a.p i got all this stuff but no instructions. any one got pictures?
 

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It's one of the eaisiest things you can do to a car... all you need are 14mm, 17mm, and 12mm wrenches, and a spring compressor. You take the shock assembly off the car, take off the old springs, put the new ones on.
 

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I see one scrawny guy, one fat guy and the Taco Bell dog.

I laffed so hard I had to run to the can, so I never even got to the bottom of the pics.

Oh yeah, coilovers. Sorry never done 'em - can't help you.
 

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the o-rings are supposed to go between the sleeve and the strut but they dont fit

the "top hat" with the recess (the one in the pic) goes on the front springs the other type goes on the rear
 

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chadgore said:
then why bother replying? im looking for help, not uh idont know. if you know then help out, if you dont know then go on to the next post.
Vain attempt at humour; my apologies if you didn't find it even remotely funny. I'll have to renew my thorazine prescription I guess.

If nothing else, it served to bump you up to the top of the pile :wink: .
 

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you don't need a spring compressor. <-- please do not argue this. i have doen about 4 cars and have never had a problem. the spring will not boing out and kill you!

all you need to do is once everything is removed throw out the following things.

stock spring
upper spring pearch
thrust bearing
cut rubber bumpstop down to the biggest bump

install coil-over at lowest height
reinstall strut
bolt back together
leave car jacked up and adjust to estimated height
lower car to ground
repeat last two steps til its where you want it.


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You need to pound the dust seal off the top of the strut. Just use a drift and a hammer and pound away, from what I understand. I sold my WeaponR coil-over kit because I didn't realize you could pound that cap off.. it was later confirmed here that you could.
 

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you don't need a spring compressor. <-- please do not argue this.
i'm getting a little sick and tired of hearing you spout this everytime this subject comes up....

it's like saying, you don't need a hoist to pull the engine, just throw a chain around the rafters in your garage and get 4 guys to lift it out.... ok sure, that could work, but obviously there is a danger there...

If this dude is having trouble figuring out how to install coilovers, or remove his stock struts, obviously he does not have experience with suspenion work, and thus should use every precaution available to him. He doesn't know what to look for in the way of danger, nor will he know the proper techniques, force needed, where to place his hands, how to aim the assembly, etc etc....

It's just not good advice. What, is it not manly if he/we use spring compressors or what, i just don't get the way to admimently advise agaisnt using a spring compressor. If you've done it several times before and are comfortable around suspension, fine, your a big boy and can make your own decisions, but if your new to it, it's just plain dumb to tell him not to use one.
 

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I agree with Mazda racer, just use a compressor for safety I don't doubt that you may not need it, but i rather prefer being safea nd sure of it.

Now as for the installation, that silver top on the strut (AKA Dust Cap) as was mentioned before needs to be carefully hammered off the strut to allow the sleeves ot slide on. It is going to take some amount of force to press the o-rings into the sleeves, I ended up having the rear ones done at a suspension shop tha thad a hydraulic press since I don't have one in my garage. The fronts should be do-able by hand, I just had to make my own little pipe-shaped tool out of some thin metal. I'll try to make up some pictures or see if I can get my old GC coilover instructions from my dad's garage (I'm at school now so I didn't bring it with) and I'll try to post them up somewhere.

Once you actually manage to cram the o-rings in, the rest is just like changing the struts. Oh, and for the tophats of the coilovers, the rears are the ones that slide over the strut rod. I marked on some tape and put it on all parts just in case I didn't finish it in one night for fear my family would mix up my parts while looking for something on the workbench. It just makes it that much less confusing. Hope you've gotten the help you need.

Edit: those look like Ground Controls from the colors I see, are they? Mine didn't need that wrench-tool that you have, it just has an allen wrench that I use to loosen the perch. and what the hell are all thos elittle screws for? is that like an old kit or something? The rest looks realy familiar but that bag full'o'little goodies doesn't look the foggiest bit like anything I needed.
 

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  1. Quit telling him how to take struts apart like he's a no0b. He's modified nearly every part of his car including a Zetec swap.
  2. He asked in the 3rd post for more information regarding fitting the sleeve down over the shock.



Clearly he's using the S/R Tokico struts and can't fit the sleeve on.
 

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if you unbolt the strut from the spindle after the car is jacked up and undo the brakeline clip. you can undo the strut and it will not spring out and hurt you as long as you don't have your hand under the strut on top of the axel. the spring load will just push it down to the axel fast. im not saying its idoit proof. im just saying its the easiest way to do it. the spring is not going to unload and fly around the room like people seem to think it may. now if you do it on the ground it will send the strut flying across the floor. this is not the way i do it. so as long as you pay attention to the parts its not going to hurt you to do it with out a spring compressor.

as for that dust cap. its simple just a strong screw driver with a hammer tappign it will pop it off in minutes. the o-rings sometimes are not needed just the set screws will hold them on.

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thank you all verry much for your help, especialy you beaver for the crowd control. i found this site http://www.zx2ner.com/mods/groundcontrols.htm that gave me all the info i needed. the dust cap was my problem. but they dont go back on now that i ve got them off. ive never installed coilovers so i had no idea what the end result was suposed to be. i have a wall mounted spring compressor at the shop so i know how to take apart struts. im no were near a noob.
 
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