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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-22-2002, 07:00 AM
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I installed my new springs yesterday and I am trying to figure out if mabe I put the front ones in wrong because the front does not look like it lowered any I was wondering is there a detent that the springs should be sitting in or did I do somthing wrong the back is very low hiding part of the tire and seems very soft ( mabe because I kept stock shocks ).thanks in advance
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-22-2002, 02:25 PM
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Give it a few days and miles to settle, it should drop.
post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-22-2002, 05:20 PM
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There are little indentations in the lower control arms that you need to line the end of the coil up with. I didn't realize that the first time we installed the springs in the wagon and wondered why it sat crooked. Also, you *might* not have the spring lined up correctly in the top. That happened to me while installing the springs in the '95. (Reminder: don't install hard to see things when it's getting dark out.) The top of the spring was crooked and wound up resting on the little "fingers" that help hold the spring in place.

You should have an immediately noticable drop when you install the Intrax. If not then I'd take a look and see if either of the aforementioned things has happened.
 
post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-22-2002, 05:55 PM
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by threeimpalas:
Also, you *might* not have the spring lined up correctly in the top. That happened to me while installing the springs in the '95. (Reminder: don't install hard to see things when it's getting dark out.) The top of the spring was crooked and wound up resting on the little "fingers" that help hold the spring in place.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Doh. I think I did this on my 9C1. What's the quickest/easiest way to remedy the situation? The only two things I can think of is break loose the lower BJ from the steering knuckle, with a jack under the arm, lower the CA, and twist the spring. The other method I've been told is to put a jack under the lower CA at the *frame* and remove the bushing bolts, then drop the CA with the jack. What do you recommend? It sits a little higher on the driver's side.
post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-22-2002, 07:26 PM
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Definitely break it loose at the balljoint. It's a BEEATCH getting those bolts lined back up in the frame if you're fighting the spring at the same time
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