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Old 09-04-2013, 11:35 AM   #1
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With my schedule during school, I just recently got lowering springs and absolutely no time to install them. I work Tuesday-Sunday and school Monday- Friday. I'm curious if shops install these? If anyone has done this I'd love to hear some input.
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There are shops that will do it. But they will probably over charge you for such an easy job.
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I wouldn't say they over charge to install, especially on the fronts, because you have to seperate the lower ball joints. And if done carelessly, could be quite dangerous to the mechanic! But I do agree that the rear coils are very simple.
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I wouldn't say they over charge to install, especially on the fronts, because you have to seperate the lower ball joints. And if done carelessly, could be quite dangerous to the mechanic! But I do agree that the rear coils are very simple.
I'm a complete novice with mechanics and i was able to do my rear and front springs in a few hours my first time.
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I wouldn't say a few hours is a good time, but depending on how many mustangs the tech has worked on, they would probably charge straight time too.
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With my schedule during school, I just recently got lowering springs and absolutely no time to install them. I work Tuesday-Sunday and school Monday- Friday. I'm curious if shops install these? If anyone has done this I'd love to hear some input.

I understand the time crunch haha, it took almost 5 months for me to put mine in finally. I do agree with a shop will prob over charge. The best suggestion I can give is to call around to different places and ask how much it will be to install them. If you do find the time though and have the tools you need laying around definately give it a try. I'm not mechanically inclined, infact I'm learning on this car but I managed to put in all four sides with help from some air tools in about 2 hours. That includes raising all four sides with a weak scissors jack and taking bs breaks to talk to some of the females walking around my apt complex haha
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I wouldn't say they over charge to install, especially on the fronts, because you have to seperate the lower ball joints. And if done carelessly, could be quite dangerous to the mechanic! But I do agree that the rear coils are very simple.
Your ball joints don't need to come out on the fronts. If they tech is halfway competent it's a 1.5-2 hour job for them.
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Thanks for all the input, but it looks like I'm just gonna have to wait it out until I get a spare day, in pretty good with cars, so I don't believe I'll have a problem! I'm anxious, tired of the 4x4 look haha!
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Find a write up...by myself I can do a set in an hour..1.5 hours if I'm taking my time. As for separating the ball joints....do what lol? All you do is

-jack up car
-take off wheel
-unbolt caliper (2bolts)
-unbolt strut from control arm (2bolts)
-press down control arm and pull out stock spring (a compressor would make it faster but you can do it by hand just be ready for it to pop out. I always use my hands so I know its possible)
-put in new spring (shorter lowering spring goes in pretty easy may need a pry bar to get top in perfectly)
-use jack to lift control arm back up to strut
-bolt up strut
-bolt up caliper
-Bolt on wheel and drop it down


And this is all with hand tools and pb blaster
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One of the easiest jobs you can do is lower you're car. For first time give youreself 3-5hours just so you can take you're time.
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Find a write up...by myself I can do a set in an hour..1.5 hours if I'm taking my time. As for separating the ball joints....do what lol? All you do is

-jack up car
-take off wheel
-unbolt caliper (2bolts)
-unbolt strut from control arm (2bolts)
-press down control arm and pull out stock spring (a compressor would make it faster but you can do it by hand just be ready for it to pop out. I always use my hands so I know its possible)
-put in new spring (shorter lowering spring goes in pretty easy may need a pry bar to get top in perfectly)
-use jack to lift control arm back up to strut
-bolt up strut
-bolt up caliper
-Bolt on wheel and drop it down

And this is all with hand tools and pb blaster
I do this but remove the ABS sensor as well
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