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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-23-2004, 09:06 PM
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Im gonna be doing a spring swap soon because my car sits about 4 inches higher than normal because the previous owner had 24inch rims on it. whats required when changing springs besides the compressor I have done plenty of engine swaps and drops just never messed with suspensions and wanted to know what to expect?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-24-2004, 07:55 PM
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Who needs a compressor?? If it's the rears, it's easy, just do a search for the exact method. But basic is, put the car up on jackstands, put the jack under the axle, undo the lower shock bolts, slowly lower the jack, spring falls out. Repeat for other side.
post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-26-2004, 08:01 PM
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If you are doing front springs then you will definitely want a compressor. Especially if you have never done suspension work before. Front springs can be dangerous so be careful. Given that he had 24" rims on it you may also want to take a look at ball joints, bushings, and steering gear. Yeah it might be expensive to buy all of those parts, but it beats taking the front end apart again in 6 months. Just my opinion. If you don't plan on replacing anything else then you will probably want to invest in (or rent) a puller of some sort to separate the ball joints from the spindle. Otherwise you will more than likely rip the ball joint boots if you use a pickle fork. Unless of course you are going to use the other method of unbolting the control arms from the frame mounts. Other than that some big wrenches, PB blaster, a good floor jack, jack stands, and a service manual and you should be all set.
post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-27-2004, 12:27 AM
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springs should come out with out a compressor, the back is the easiest, jack it up by the body, letting the axle hang and you should be able to compress them enough with your hands to get them out. Front requires dropping the LCA, jack the car up by the crossmember or body. Support with jackstand. unbolt the caliper, unbolt the LBJ. Pickefork the LBJ and the control arm. Keep a floor jack 1/2" to 1" under the LCA. Hit the pickle fork with a sledge, the LCA goes pop and lands on the jack. Slowly lower the jack until you can get the spring out. Installation is reverse minus the pickle fork.
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