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Old 08-07-2002, 06:34   #1 (permalink)
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front struts on EA

can anyone tell me if I need to compress the coils on the front of my ea to get the struts out. I have the new springs and struts to go in. Have done the back ( Kings super lows) Looking good, but gotta get the front done. Not a good look.
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Yes; they need to be compressed.
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Old 08-07-2002, 17:45   #3 (permalink)
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No, they don't! Not if you are taking it out as a unit (spring/shock).

The shock will contain the spring at the shocks full extension.
Jack the car up and support on stands,
You may need to remove the brake caliper,
Undo the upper balljoint, undo the sway bar mount and
maybe even loosen the inner pivot to allow it all to droop.
Then disconnect the shock mount from the lower arm,
Carefully undo the 3 surrounding bolts at the top and lower the assembly out, allowing to lower arm/spindle to fully droop to provide clearance.

If you are going to disassemble the spring/shock unit it will need the spring compressed/clamped.
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Thumbs up struts

Thanks guys,
Did the job today, as it progressed realised the upper control arm and brake caliper had to come off. First side took 2 hrs , other side 3/4 of an hour. The KYB struts did have the spring carrier about 10 mm further down the strut body than the pedders that were on it . This did I think drop it a bit more but it looks and drives great, glad I went for the super lows. Drove over a few speed bumps no problem. Another thing I noticed was just how much robuster the KYB struts when compared to the standard ones. Well worth the extra $45 each. Any way another job done, exhaust next.
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