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Old March 30th, 2013, 09:50 PM   #41 (permalink)
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The list above for tools is everything that is needed?
I am really considering lowering springs, as the ride height is pretty high. If I do them myself, and the struts leak within the next few months, I can just take them off and put the OEM ones back on for warranty purposes.
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I think it is. I'd add 2 more jack stands and an impact wrench for a more ideal install, but that should do it.
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Old March 30th, 2013, 10:40 PM   #42 (permalink)
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Okay, I don't have a large enough air compressor for an impact wrench, so I will try without.
I have bookmarked this for when money starts flowing and I can do more mods
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Okay, I don't have a large enough air compressor for an impact wrench, so I will try without.
Me neither! really want to start looking for a good Air Compressor, but I'm balancing functionality aganst garage space. I don't own a snow blower because it doesn't make sense to take up the garage space for it. I'm afraid a large air compressor would fall into the same category.
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Well, if I barley have enough cash for the springs (if I ever can get the cash) I think an air compressor and air tools is out. Haha.
You can get 12v ones for cheap, but they are rather lame at only a few 100lb/ft.
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Old March 31st, 2013, 08:02 AM   #45 (permalink)
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okay i think i may have explain what is happening wrong. (front) -- the number one bolt is turning but the allen key is stripped but i dont know what "boot" youre talking about to grab if its the part with the four blue dots on it thats not rubber atleast for me. (rear) i removed all the bolts i neede to the three on top the one on the bottom but the rubber housing around the bottom is stuck to my car so it wouldnt fall off. using spring compressors and a crow bar it still wouldnt come off.
hopefully i explain it better for you
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and if youre replacing your end links whcih ones are you looking at just curious
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Old March 31st, 2013, 08:26 AM   #47 (permalink)
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and if youre replacing your end links whcih ones are you looking at just curious
fabguy built some seriously heavyweight end links, but they aren't maintenance free. I haven't seen a decent replacement for the fronts, that weren't made by fabguy, those suckers are 11 1/2" long!

For the rears, I'm considering a universal set from Energy Suspension:

Pivot Style Universal Endlinks, $74.99 direct from ES.

Or Moog makes an OEM replacement: sway bar links. $50-60/pair.
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okay thanks and for not still trying to get the stock ones off the from struts.
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okay i think i may have explain what is happening wrong. (front) -- the number one bolt is turning but the allen key is stripped but i dont know what "boot" youre talking about to grab if its the part with the four blue dots on it thats not rubber atleast for me. (rear) i removed all the bolts i neede to the three on top the one on the bottom but the rubber housing around the bottom is stuck to my car so it wouldnt fall off. using spring compressors and a crow bar it still wouldnt come off.
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Each end of the link has a rubber boot, or ring around it, to keep road chow out of the connection. Put a socket on the nut, and SPIN it. With your other hand, get your fingers behind the rubber boot and feel what spins while you turn the nut. You don't want to put your wrench on this boot, but the part of the end link that is spinning. There is a metal ring in there, you'll feel it.

To get the rear shock off, beat the hell out of it with a rubber mallet. If the bolt is off, it is still sitting on a large pin and you slide it off that pin toward the center of the car. That's what I did. Or tap the assembly with a sledge will working the shock back and forth.
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okay ill give both of those a shot im heading back into the shop today to work on it. thanks for the help happy easter
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Suppose this would be enough to crack the bolts off without stripping them?
Kawasaki 841426 1/2-Inch Impact 7.5-Amp Wrench - Amazon.com
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I hate to revive a thread that's been quiet for a few months, but I need to ask for some advice. I can't get the lower bolt that holds the rears on to loosen up. I soaked the damn things with PB Blaster for close to three hours hitting it with a fresh coat every half hour or so. Any ideas?
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Impact wrench, mallet of some sort, punch???
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Breaker bar with a mallet didn't budge it at all. Worse comes to worse, I'll take it in to my work's shop and use the impact tools on it and see how that goes. I'm just nervous of stripping the bolt with how stubborn it is.
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Breaker bar with a mallet didn't budge it at all. Worse comes to worse, I'll take it in to my work's shop and use the impact tools on it and see how that goes. I'm just nervous of stripping the bolt with how stubborn it is.
Try applying liquid wrench every day for about a week and see .
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Hey guys, already got lowering springs and the tools...but I dont have any impact tool or pneaumatic one...so..my question... Its possible do all the step without those?
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Yes. It's entirely doable with hand tools, just be prepared to work longer because of it. The rears will take no time at all, but the fronts will suck solely because of the huge bolts that connect the strut to the A arm are a pain in the ass. Load up on liquid wrench and hit them a few times a day for a few days before you do the work to loosen them up.
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I know its a old thread sooo hoping for some good advice. So I loosen up the three screws on top and took the bottom screw off but when I tryed taking off the shock it seem stuck I tryed hitting it with a hammer ...with a crow bar and it seem like if there was plastic around it like some type of silicon I was woundering of this was normal or if I am doin something wrong . Thanks
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O yea I'm trying to take the rear ones off
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So I have already done my back lowering springs but I have the front ones off but I can't brake the top of it to put my front lowering springs on. Does anyone exactly how to take off the front lower springs?
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So I have already done my back lowering springs but I have the front ones off but I can't brake the top of it to put my front lowering springs on. Does anyone exactly how to take off the front lower springs?

My dad did mine I'll see if he remembers . I do know you gotta make sure all tension is off the one your working on.


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Is anyone else only seeing the first picture in the write-up, and the rest are broken links? I'm pretty sure I can do this, but taking a look at the pics before tackling such a job would be helpful.
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there broken for me as well, and i wish some one would do a right up for a convertible, i cant find the bolts for the rear struts.
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Was able to do mine with out all pics working. It's not bad at all.
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eibach pro kit, install help!!

I'm new to this site, I been looking to install eibach pro kit on my 2006 GS and this is the best thread I've found on this subject. However, I'm having 2 problems, one being the picture which are not visible, making it hard to picture the job. And the whole cutting the bump stop or how it even looks. Is this done for all 4? Or just the back?...... also is there any way to bring those pictures back up?...it's such a great thread but it be even better with those pics, as a guide.
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So I've been looking for a thread like this. however the step by step pictures will not pop up for me. Anyway I could get some more help please?
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This DIY was mine a long time ago from the old 4G forum...
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