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New spring kit installation thread 1 week, 6 days ago #83559

  • Ranger
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Here's a first stab re. guidance on how to replace the springs.

Take some careful measurements re. ride height. Do this at each corner, picking some logical location and measuring to ground. New springs will allow height to be adjusted a little bit, for good or ill, and you’ll want to adjust them to the same height that they were.

Rear. Get a pair of spring compressors from Harbor Freight. That will squeeze down the rear spring a bit and it will pop out. Put in your new spring and the plastic piece that holds it in place.

Front. Drop your front struts out of the strut tower. This will mean unfastening them from your control arms and sway bars. Cut off old spring perch (optional, but I’d do it). Thread new collar (gold) on to new threaded sleeve (red). Place sleeve over top of strut housing. Put spring in, put new top hat on, insert strut back into your camber plate.

Note that when you reconnect your control arm to your hub, you have to support the balljoint from below. Put a jack under the balljoint and lift the control arm. Otherwise when you turn that balljoint’s nut, the balljoint just turns, taunting you.

Be advised that I’m pulling all of this out of my butt. I’ve not actually installed this specific kit before. Hopefully someone who's actually installed this kit can chime in and help this thread.

Pic of set up www.condorspeedshop.com/collections/e30-parts/suspension

Spring compressor www.harborfreight.com/catalogsearch/result/index/?dir=asc&order=EAScore%2Cf%2CEAFeatured+Weight%2Cf%2CSale+Rank%2Cf&q=spring+compressor

Pickle fork to separate control arm balljoint www.harborfreight.com/tie-rod-separator-set-63738.html

Ball joint tool if you decide to separate tie rod end from hub. Don’t use this on control arm balljoint, it’s not strong enough. www.harborfreight.com/3-4-quarter-inch-forged-ball-joint-separator-99849.html
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Re: New spring kit installation thread 1 week, 6 days ago #83562

  • Rob in VA
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If you want to save a few bucks and don't like buying tool, some busted knuckles later and the rear springs will drop out. I was always able to get the rear springs out with no real problems.

Another option is, Advance Auto rents these tools out.

* Assumes you are converting from the SE30 old spec to the new spec *

Re: New spring kit installation thread 1 week, 6 days ago #83563

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I just wanted to note that if you plan to keep your car legal for SCCA ITS they have a minimum height rule.

Minimum ride height is five (5) inches, to be measured
without driver at the lowest point of the rocker panel, but
not to include welded seams or fasteners.
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