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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-16-2002, 08:30 PM
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Hey Guys,

I am in the process of installing the springs I got today. I am not sure if I was suppose to know this or not; but how does the rear & front springs go? The Hotchkis spring have one side in which the coils are closer together than the other side. Closer together on top or bottom? I didn't get any instruction with the springs...don't know if I was suppose to or not.

Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-16-2002, 08:57 PM
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Hey JB,

I have never seen Hotchkis springs but...

Front springs - the "flat" end of the spring goes up, irregardless of how the individual coil spacing goes.

Rear springs - I can't really remember but, I THINK the smaller pig tail diameter goes up (if you can check by looking at how the original springs came out).

Good luck! [img]smile.gif[/img]

Mike
post #3 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-16-2002, 08:57 PM
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first congrats on receiving your springs, still waiting on mine.

I believe the spring coils that are closer should be on bottom. I am no expert, but I know that you want to get these done, and wanted to offer some help. I searched all archives and cannot find anything on installing the springs, including the FAQ page.

I will continue to look for you though and if I find something, I will shoot it over to you.

good luck!
 
post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-16-2002, 09:27 PM
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Guys thanks for your quick responses! [img]tongue.gif[/img]

Rear Springs:

The new and old are about the same height and the pigtails look the same size. I am thinking that the closer coils should be at the bottom because that is the closest similarity between the old spring and the new one.

Again thanks for the search! I had bustn looking around also with no luck. I also went to the hotchkis website and found nothing.
I kinda put all my tools away and figure to work on it tomorrow morning.

I hope with the pictures(courtesy of the impala super store) someone can make a good guess.

Thanks!

post #5 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-17-2002, 05:42 AM
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TTT
post #6 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-17-2002, 07:25 AM
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hey jim i only have you down for HAL shocks, i dont see an order for hotchkis coils????? let me know


JB
im not why hotchkis doesnt put instructions with these but i wiill have an answer in a little while. ThanksS

nick
post #7 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-17-2002, 07:43 AM
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JB
if you look on the springs you'll see hotchkins and some numbers, you should be able to read the writing,install right-side up. I had the same problem and call hotchkins. now I have a question for you how did you get the old stuff off the front?
post #8 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-17-2002, 07:51 AM
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catcaddy,

Thanks for the info! I saw the #s but I figure ask since sometimes common sense is not your best helper.

I have not done the front springs yet. I will either tonight or tommorrow morning. I will update as soon as I do the front.
I figure to start with the back since I didn't have much time to work on the installation.
post #9 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-17-2002, 12:18 PM
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To install/remove the front springs, you need to pull the wheels, then pull the calipers off of the rotors (hang them from the frame rail hole just to the right of the a-frame mount with a piece of wire or coathanger). Then undo the sway-bar mount from the lower A arm, as this will limit the amount the lower A arm can swing down once the upper balljoint is removed. You must remove the UPPER balljoint from it's seat, not the lower (trust me =P ). Leave a hydraulic jack under the lower A arm when you undo the upper balljoint. Make sure you put the front end of the car into the sky to make sure your lower A-arm has enough room to swing down. Slowly let the hydraulic jack down until it has reached it's maximum travel and pry the spring out with either a crowbar or a metal rod (make sure there isn't alot of tension on the spring still, Shake it with your hand and make sure). After that, just reverse the process on install =) Lowered springs go in a hell of alot easier than the stock ones. As for hte rear, just undo the shock mounts and upper control arms and let the rearend swing down with a hydraulic jack. Those springs just fall out like nothing once you do that. Good Luck, Email me if you have any more questions. And those donuts that you have go on the upper side of the springs, they're for noise dampening.

-Matt Norris
post #10 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-17-2002, 03:11 PM
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On the rear springs, usually the "further spaced" coils go DOWN, not up. At least that's the directions on the Moog Cargo Coils (progressive springs) that I have.

Also be sure you get the spring pigtails lined up correctly both front (covering ONE hole, but not both, in the spring pocket) and rear (the top pigtail end should be pointed directly towards the left side of the car).
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