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Old April 16th, 2012, 07:22 AM   #1
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DIY Spring Install

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Does anyone know of a complete tutorial on how to Install springs. I found one on here, but it has some missing pictures.

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Old April 17th, 2012, 09:27 AM   #2
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anyone?
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Old April 17th, 2012, 09:53 AM   #3
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I've said this in the past and I'm going to say it again. If you don't have the basic experience to install springs and need a DIY, you will be better off having a shop do the install.

You will need to use a spring compressor which if used improperly can cause the spring to decompress and potentially kill you should it happen near your face.
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Old April 17th, 2012, 10:18 AM   #4
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I've said this in the past and I'm going to say it again. If you don't have the basic experience to install springs and need a DIY, you will be better off having a shop do the install.

You will need to use a spring compressor which if used improperly can cause the spring to decompress and potentially kill you should it happen near your face.
I understand what you are saying, but I like to do my own work on my car. The satisfaction from the end result is much higher. And if I mess up I have learned some thing new. Also I'm pretty sure even professionals refer to guides when they need to.
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Old April 17th, 2012, 10:43 AM   #5
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DIY remove strut from car.

http://www.handa-accessories.com/accord/hfpsusp.pdf

DIY remove and install spring from strut. different car same concept.

Mazda 3 Lowering Spring Install - YouTube
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Old April 17th, 2012, 06:06 PM   #6
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Old April 17th, 2012, 08:40 PM   #7
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I've said this in the past and I'm going to say it again. If you don't have the basic experience to install springs and need a DIY, you will be better off having a shop do the install.

You will need to use a spring compressor which if used improperly can cause the spring to decompress and potentially kill you should it happen near your face.
Whoa whoa whoa.. easy dude.. This is not true. Yes you will need to use a spring compressor, but it's pretty hard to use it wrong. I recently installed my own coilovers on my 6th gen sedan and it really wasn't that hard. I knew nothing about mechanics and suspension installation, but i pulled up a DIY guide on the internet, and went to work. I also rented a spring compressor from autozone and used it without much problem. I will say that it is always a good idea to work with another person.
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Old April 17th, 2012, 08:59 PM   #8
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leave it for the pross.. i do it all day so its easy for me to do even with out a spring compressor
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Old April 20th, 2012, 08:02 AM   #9
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Be safe and use common sense. I agree that it was not that difficult for me either. I don't know your mechanical skills so I'll at least assume that you at least know how to take out your suspension. worst case scenario if you do not feel comfortable using a spring compressor, you can always take out the suspension yourself and bring it to a shop to have them change out the springs for you.

Putting the assemble back on the car is a different story but anyway, proved to be a pain because I needed to push the whole hub assembly down to line up the bolt holes. I'm don't know if it's just my car or what but that is what I had to do.
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Old April 21st, 2012, 07:57 PM   #10
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Replacing struts - YouTube

this has a 7th gen accord getting a rear strut put in.
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Old April 21st, 2012, 09:52 PM   #11
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FFFuhq: Nice find, that is the same spring compressor I have. You can buy this at Harbor Freight.
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Old April 21st, 2012, 10:34 PM   #12
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i love harbor freight haha you can get a spring compressor as little as 14.99
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Old April 22nd, 2012, 12:14 PM   #13
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Thanks for all the help you guys!
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Old August 6th, 2012, 08:37 PM   #14
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So I finally found the time to try and install the spring in my own. I took of all the necessary nuts needed to remove the strut, but It would just not come free. I'm able to move the bottom, but the top thats held by the 3 14mm bolts would hit not come free no matter how hard I jiggled the bottom of the strut. Anyone know what the issue is?
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Old August 6th, 2012, 08:55 PM   #15
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there are 5 bolts on the front struts
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Old August 6th, 2012, 09:30 PM   #16
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there are 5 bolts on the front struts
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w/ two bolts still on you really wont be able to remove the strut. lol.
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Old August 6th, 2012, 10:08 PM   #17
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Sorry I should have made my self clear. I removed the main 17mm the 14mm above it and the 3 14mms in the engine bay. I separated the fork from the shock and I'm able to move the shock freely from the bottom but the top just won't budge free.
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There are remaining 12mm nuts inside of the engine bay near the 14mm you removed that also need to be taken off for the strut assembly to come out.
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Sorry I should have made my self clear. I removed the main 17mm the 14mm above it and the 3 14mms in the engine bay. I separated the fork from the shock and I'm able to move the shock freely from the bottom but the top just won't budge free.
The engine bay has 5 nuts on the strut top hat. All in a circle next to each other, you can't miss it. Then the top will fall loose.
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Old August 7th, 2012, 02:32 PM   #20
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It's seems the DIY guide I was looking at doesn't even mention those two remaining nuts at the top. Thanks for the help guys.
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