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Old April 9th, 2009, 05:13 PM   #1
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Coilover Install (I tried searching I promise)

Okay guys, I am thinking of getting some tein SS with the upper pillow mounts, local here has a great deal for me. Im wondering how hard is something like this to install?

Is it cheaper to take to a shop or is this something I can knock out in a couple hours in my driveway?

If anyone has a DIY on how to do it, it would be MUCH MUCH appreciated!

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Old April 9th, 2009, 05:36 PM   #2
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very easy with simple hand tools, need to go rent a spring compressor at local parts store.

http://syclone.motocrew.com/CG5/suspension.htm
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Old April 9th, 2009, 05:48 PM   #3
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Thanks for the response!

You need to compress the springs, even if the coilovers are already to go?

Sorry if I am asking a stupid question...I am just a complete newbie when it comes to suspension.
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Old April 9th, 2009, 05:52 PM   #4
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need to compress the OEM springs,helps get them out;in some cases.
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yeah last thing you want to do is lose some components when the spring shoots up
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Old April 9th, 2009, 06:11 PM   #6
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Why are you taking apart the OEM struts? The Tein SS-P already have the mounts on them. Just remove the entire OEM strut assembly from the car and replace it with the SS-P assembly. Shouldn't take long at all. The part that takes the longest is compressing and decompressing the spring.

I've never had to compress the OEM springs to get the struts off the car. Just take a step back and look a how you're gonna shimmy it out.
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Old April 9th, 2009, 06:17 PM   #7
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I am not taking anything off yet ;-). So far I was trying to get opinions to see whether this is even something that I can attempt myself or not.

Okay so the springs can just stay on the stock stuts, and just unscrew and wiggle out, then wiggle in the new ones direct bolt right?

Sounds easy enough if thats the case.

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Why are you taking apart the OEM struts? The Tein SS-P already have the mounts on them. Just remove the entire OEM strut assembly from the car and replace it with the SS-P assembly. Shouldn't take long at all. The part that takes the longest is compressing and decompressing the spring.

I've never had to compress the OEM springs to get the struts off the car. Just take a step back and look a how you're gonna shimmy it out.
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yes if you are getting the Tein's that are completed ready to roll, then yes..just a matter of wiggling,pushing and cussing to get it back up..need either a floor jack or another set of hands/feet.
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Getting the OEM struts out requires a bit of finesse...getting the Teins in is really easy because they're shorter overall by default.
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exactly what i was going to say coilsovers are a lil bit smaller ... it will help to have a buddy around and a laptop with wifi for quick v6p access ! lol g/l with ur install
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Old April 9th, 2009, 08:12 PM   #11
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Okay, I picked them up and will attempt to get at least two of them done tonight. Yikes its going to be a long night.
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Old April 9th, 2009, 08:46 PM   #12
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mother****ers at tirekingdom stripped my lug and I cant get it off...ahhhhh gonna wait til morning and give them a piece of mind.
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Old April 9th, 2009, 08:59 PM   #13
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Is there anybody in orlando that knows how to do this install? ha ha ha
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Old April 9th, 2009, 11:03 PM   #14
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Go to Autozone and pick up a Hayne's manual. It's pretty cheap and it'll tell you exactly what you need to remove to get the struts out.
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true. i will be doing this soon. hopefully. if your good with hands on this should be ok for you.
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Old April 10th, 2009, 01:33 PM   #16
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So, the lugs are fixed, and late tonight I can start the project. But looking at my car, where are the rear bolts? Do i go from the back seat or the trunk?
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Old April 10th, 2009, 01:45 PM   #17
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Fold down the back seat. Remove that plastic trim that runs the width of the car. You'll see where the top of the struts come through and the bolts that you'll need to remove.
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Next to the speakers..
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Old April 10th, 2009, 02:09 PM   #19
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you guys are the best
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Old April 10th, 2009, 05:46 PM   #20
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im between orlando and tampa.. i can help u if u want..
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I want to say that I can handle it, but if you want to help because your not busy and don't have anything to do, then by all means ha ha. I feel like it cant be that hard thanks to everyone helping me find everything, but nothing EVER goes to plan as I have learned over the years.
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Nothing ever goes as planned...but it's still not an install that requires a crazy amount of mechanical skill. You're not really disassembling anything...just taking some bolts out and putting them back in. Nothing like engine work. Especially since the new coilovers have top mounts already.
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took me wayy too long to do haha
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Old April 11th, 2009, 12:04 PM   #24
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Nothing ever goes as planned...but it's still not an install that requires a crazy amount of mechanical skill. You're not really disassembling anything...just taking some bolts out and putting them back in. Nothing like engine work. Especially since the new coilovers have top mounts already.
Thanks, yeah I am really fortunate to have the top mounts already done, I'm not sure the guy knew what he was selling to be honest I got a great deal.

I dont see it being too tough, but 7 years of wear on the bolts might have some extraaaa rust down there.
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just go spend 6$ on a large can of PB blaster and you will be fine.
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Old April 11th, 2009, 01:51 PM   #26
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I forgot to mention I had a 2DR, I removed all of the back seats and panels to find the shocks connected to the rear deck sort of. Still helps to have the panels out for and room I think just a different spot than the 4DR.
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get a breaker bar...it's not that bad.
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Old April 11th, 2009, 07:56 PM   #28
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I swear. from here on out, NEVER go to tire kingdom to get tires put on, NEVER EVER. They cross threaded my center cap and it wont come off. My wheels are now ruined worst case scenario or the cap will be stripped best case scenario. Tomorrow is easter so I doubt they are open. These are NEVER getting put on i swear. Its just my luck honestly that those ****tards at tire kingdom cant do anything correctly
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Old April 11th, 2009, 08:14 PM   #29
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how do you cross thread a center cap?
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how do you cross thread a center cap?
Exactly. Basically on my wheels, there is a lug cover, and then a center cap that screws on to the vehicle. Yesterday when I went in to have them fix my stripped lug lock, they had to take the lock off of each wheel. (Because they also stripped the lock "key"). So when I had time today I went out and 3 of the 4 came off without a hitch. The 4th is STUCK on there like theres no way its coming off. I went to Autozone where the guy grabbed his biggest wrench and tried it, with ZERO luck even moving it a little. Its definitely destroyed. God I cannot wait to ***** them out.
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