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Hey doods...

A while back I picked up some tokico shocks and eibach springs and I finally found some time to put em on.

Right now I've got the stock suspension on my GT and I basically wanted to know all the steps to get the stock ones off and the aftermarket ones on.

Anybody that can help me gets a cookie.
 

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once wheels are off and car is jacked up.

unclip brake lines from struts
inbolt spindle from strut
undo top main nut on the stock springs this wil pop out fast so be ready for it. it will not get a mind of its own and fly around the room and kill you.

when putting back together i dunno all i have ever done is coil-overs.

hope that helps a bit.
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Just unbolt the struts and coil springs assembly from the car and compress the spring before you undo the center nut of the strut because the coil spring is gonna fly right out.Slowly release the spring compressor of the spring and take apart the strut mounting block,rubber gasket and remove the spring from the strut.You will need to compress the new springs to get everything to fit in the assembled fashion.I would do one side at a time so you have the other side to reference just incase you forget how to put one of them back together.
I bought all new hardware to do my suspension.New strut mounts,gaskets,bump stops and dust covers so like that i dont have to use any of the old stuff that was one the car. Now I am just waiting on my springs to come in and I can put everything together and bolt them right up. Siragan if you want help let me know and I would be willing to come help you out.We could set up a time that would be good.
 

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neuspeedescort said:
once wheels are off and car is jacked up.

unclip brake lines from struts
inbolt spindle from strut
undo top main nut on the stock springs this wil pop out fast so be ready for it. it will not get a mind of its own and fly around the room and kill you.

when putting back together i dunno all i have ever done is coil-overs.

hope that helps a bit.
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whoa whoa...unbolt the top main nut but be careful so it doens't kill you, are you insane?

jack the car up, unbolt the four strut tower bolts, unbolt the strut from the control arm, pull the entire strut out of the car...if you have a vice grip, tighten the strut down into it, rent a spring compressor, take the stock spring off decompress it, compress the coilovers and then put them on, tighten and release the spring compressor.

It'd help if you just did new struts while you were at it.
 

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I am replacing the entire spring/shock assembly.

When I'm taking the old ones out, I remove the nuts on the TOP of the strut, AROUND the center not, but NOT INCLUDING the center nut, right? Then the whole assembly will come out, and I can put the new one in.

I should never need a spring compressor, right? I'd only need a spring compressor if I were putting stock springs onto a different shock. right?
 

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right on all accounts, never remove that center nut unless you have the spring compressed first, but since you don't need to do that...just don't loosen that center nut.
 

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You still need the strut tops, thrust bearings, and upeer spring caps, unless you bought new ones. So you will need to take the old ones off. As long as you take the center rod nut off when the struts are still on the car there is no possible way for it to shoot off and hit anything. It's also much faster than using a compressor on the springs. However, you will still need a compressor to get the new springs back on, so you can use it if you want. I have done the struts/springs on both my cars so if you need more help just ask.
 

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I still say there's way too much chance of breaking something by letting the main shock nut loose while still mounted on the car.. If the bottom of the strut is still attached to the hub you could break the brake line or some bushings or a tie-rod.. who knows. If it isn't bolted to the hub, the bottom of the strut could slam into the hub... just not worth the 5 minutes you'd save.

Yeah.. if you've already got the whole strut, including top mounts (which probably need to be replaced considering the old age of the rubber), you should only have to unbolt the 4 perimeter nuts on top, and the two at the hub.

BTW.. hello from NY. I was in Altamont (just south of Albany) yesterday.. am near Oneonta currently (family). Didn't bring my wagon or I woulda given you a ring.
 

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yeah im insane james i have lowered 2 escorts in the last year this way. WHY does EVERYONE think you need a spring compressor to take them off. its going to boing yes but its not going to kill you or cause a dismemberment! 91sleeper watched me do one and he can verify the fact no one gets hurt doing it.

you will need a compressor to put it back together tho. unless your going to run coil-overs then you just turn them down and the strut pops out the top of the sleeve cap and bolt back up.

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Sophmore year in high school I watched a guy take off the center bolt...the bolt popped up, hit the hood, bounced down and hit the windshield, bounced up about 20 feet, hit the wall...taking a chunk out (of the concrete) before It finally landed about 30 feet away on the empty driveway.

Damage? cracked windshield, chunk of out shop wall and it took about 40 minutes to get the spring compressed enough to be able to take the spring/strut out of the project car. Meanwhile me and my parther were standing about 2 feet away when the fuggin thing popped off...that hood could have very easily been my head, and my life.

NOW you know why I think it's STUPID to do it that way. Those springs are under a tremendous amount of force and if you take off the one thing holding them, well it'll catch up to you sooner or later. Play it safe/smart, not easy.
 

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Alright bitches... listen up:

I got some eibach rear camber bolts too. Where the hell do those go?

Thanks for all the help dudes. Long live feoa!
 

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siragan said:
Alright bitches... listen up:

I got some eibach rear camber bolts too. Where the hell do those go?

Thanks for all the help dudes. Long live feoa!
Unless your suspension is bent or you are lowering more than 4" you don't need to adjust the camber. But all the do is replace one of the strut to knuckle bolts and allow you to adjust the camber by rotating the bolt. Useful for autocrossing I suppose, but besides that there is not really a need for them.
 
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