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Old 08-23-2012, 04:33 PM   #1
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What is the best way to get the brake lines clear in the front in order to remove the stock springs?

Remove the caliper or the spindle?
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Old 08-23-2012, 08:28 PM   #2
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Re: Front springs

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Re: Front springs

let me know how this goes! i wanna replace springs but don't trust myself to do it!
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let me know how this goes! i wanna replace springs but don't trust myself to do it!
I did the back springs already, so much easier than I thought. The only problem I have with the front is getting those caliper bolts loose.
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I did the back springs already, so much easier than I thought. The only problem I have with the front is getting those caliper bolts loose.
Drop A Arm and use a Pry bar to pop them out . Pain in the *** but Imma do mine soon cut a coil
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Drop A Arm and use a Pry bar to pop them out . Pain in the *** but Imma do mine soon cut a coil
best way right here...i don't even use a pry bar i just pop it out by hand, but i can see how a bar would help lol
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I dropped an a arm and popped it out,put in the new spring put a wooden block under it and eased down on the jack until I could hook that a arm back up. A lot of tension very scary but it went smooth.just be careful
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Here's how I do front springs:
Raise the front of the car and support with jack stands.
Place the jack under the lower arm and apply slight pressure.
Unbolt the strut under the hood.
disconnect front sway bar
Unbolt the caliper and remove it from the rotor.
Slowly let down the jack being careful to not be hit by the strut.
Push the strut down slightly to clear the inner fender and swing the entire lower arm down and outward.
Remove the spring and install the new one making sure the orientation is the same.
Reverse the above steps using the jack to put the strut back in place.
It normally helps to get your head in there and look upward to guide the strut back into the alignment plate.
Tighten everything back and move to the other side and repeat.
Takes about an hour to do the whole thing from start to finish.

You'll also want to check all of the bolts you removed a few days later after some driving.
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I dropped an a arm and popped it out,put in the new spring put a wooden block under it and eased down on the jack until I could hook that a arm back up. A lot of tension very scary but it went smooth.just be careful
If I do them Ill make a write up
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Plus get an alignment soon as possible
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Here's how I do front springs:
Raise the front of the car and support with jack stands.
Place the jack under the lower arm and apply slight pressure.
Unbolt the strut under the hood.
disconnect front sway bar
Unbolt the caliper and remove it from the rotor.
Slowly let down the jack being careful to not be hit by the strut.
Push the strut down slightly to clear the inner fender and swing the entire lower arm down and outward.
Remove the spring and install the new one making sure the orientation is the same.
Reverse the above steps using the jack to put the strut back in place.
It normally helps to get your head in there and look upward to guide the strut back into the alignment plate.
Tighten everything back and move to the other side and repeat.
Takes about an hour to do the whole thing from start to finish.

You'll also want to check all of the bolts you removed a few days later after some driving.
Awesome writeup! My only problem was getting the caliper bolts off. Super tight, what torque specs should they be?
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Awesome writeup! My only problem was getting the caliper bolts off. Super tight, what torque specs should they be?
No idea... I just tighten by feel lol. My whole car is done that way
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No idea... I just tighten by feel lol. My whole car is done that way
I use German torque specs, Goodntight. Lol
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