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Old 02-26-2015, 08:02 PM   #1
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Installing lowering springs

Can someone point me in the right direction. I did a quick search and didn't find quite what I was looking for. I'm looking for a detailed guide on installing lowering springs. I will be installing my Sr springs this weekend. Thanks

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I will not be using a lift and this might sound dumb but when u lift the rear won't the car roll forward?

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Doing my suspension this weekend too. using this video to help. http://youtu.be/Mo9sg-mTmXw
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Can someone point me in the right direction. I did a quick search and didn't find quite what I was looking for. I'm looking for a detailed guide on installing lowering springs. I will be installing my Sr springs this weekend. Thanks

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I will not be using a lift and this might sound dumb but when u lift the rear won't the car roll forward?

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Yeah put a block or a rubber scotch block in front of the front tires so it won't. And in front of the rears when u raise the front.


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Yeah put a block or a rubber scotch block in front of the front tires so it won't. And in front of the rears when u raise the front.


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Thanks. You probably saved me from killing my self.

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Old 02-26-2015, 08:56 PM   #5
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Doing my suspension this weekend too. using this video to help. http://youtu.be/Mo9sg-mTmXw
Thanks! So I don't need a spring compressor for this method?

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Old 02-26-2015, 08:58 PM   #6
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I'll be trying it this way without one. Guess I'll see what happens. I'm to lazy to drive out of town to go get mine. Video shows he did it that way. I'll try it


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I'll try it that way too. I'm gonna attempt to do this myself tomorrow.

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Ya I'll get mine in sunday I think, need to paint the rear diff, paint all the new parts. And install a UCA first. U'll have to post some pix when ur done


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Old 02-26-2015, 09:10 PM   #9
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I'll try to post some before after and during shots.

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Old 02-26-2015, 09:11 PM   #10
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It looks easy the way they did it in the video with out the spring compressor. I had a good scare last year using a spring compressor replacing the struts on my dad's civic

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Kool. Good luck


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Ya I don't like them. Never thought of this way. I mean the guy did it in the video. Now if they were stock springs I don't think u could get them back one without one.


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I'm buying struts and shocks and the rest of the components one buy one. So I'll have no use for the stockers

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I read that the koni oranges lower the car another quarter inch.

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Well I'm just saying if u broke one on a different car or something.


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Old 02-26-2015, 09:16 PM   #15
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Well see how it comes along tomorrow! Can't wait

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Ya me too. My boxes have been sitting here for a week. Too cold here to turn the heat in the shop on, so I've been waiting. This weekend looks like my best chance. What else did u buy with the springs?


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J&M adjustable Panhard bar the aluminum one.

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What about the bump stops?just reuse the stock ones?

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I'm just going to shave mine down.


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Can you explain shave them down???

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Old 02-26-2015, 10:25 PM   #22
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Cut them in half.


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Old 02-26-2015, 10:32 PM   #23
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And use the top portion?

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Old 02-26-2015, 10:34 PM   #24
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No. The bottom part as that's the part that slips into the mount


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This method will work and it is really handy to have a second person with you to help.
For safety I would jack the car up and put 4 stands under the car, and in the rear don't put them under the rear end as you will need to have a hydraulic jack to raise and lower the rear end to get the springs out and put them back in. Raising the car at one end at a time is receipt for disaster.....IMO
Before you take the 4 strut mount bolts loose from the tower take a felt marker and go around the bolts to form a circle, when you put the strut back in the car with the lowered springs you have a guide to put the bolts back exactly where they were which will give you better than 80% of not having to align the car. Also, when you remove the strut mounts there should be an arrow or cut out in the top plate, make sure you notice how they come out and put them back exactly the same way. Also, try and hold the strut mounts together as they come apart very easily, and there are a lot of ball bearings that can fall out............the reason it is handy to have a second person handy.
Just a few pointers because I've done this 5 times with 2009 to 2014 Mustangs.
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This method will work and it is really handy to have a second person with you to help.
For safety I would jack the car up and put 4 stands under the car, and in the rear don't put them under the rear end as you will need to have a hydraulic jack to raise and lower the rear end to get the springs out and put them back in. Raising the car at one end at a time is receipt for disaster.....IMO
Before you take the 4 strut mount bolts loose from the tower take a felt marker and go around the bolts to form a circle, when you put the strut back in the car with the lowered springs you have a guide to put the bolts back exactly where they were which will give you better than 80% of not having to align the car. Also, when you remove the strut mounts there should be an arrow or cut out in the top plate, make sure you notice how they come out and put them back exactly the same way. Also, try and hold the strut mounts together as they come apart very easily, and there are a lot of ball bearings that can fall out............the reason it is handy to have a second person handy.
Just a few pointers because I've done this 5 times with 2009 to 2014 Mustangs.
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For the front I'll be OK jacking it up on side at a rime right? For the rear your saying to jack it front and back?

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For the front I'll be OK jacking it up on side at a rime right? For the rear your saying to jack it front and back?

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No, I was saying to jack the car up and put 4 jack stands under the car, one under each corner of the car. I suppose you could jack up the front of the car (both sides of the car) and put jack stands under the car because you will need a hydraulic jack to let the A arm down (one side at a time) to release the spring tension. I just don't think it is safe to jack one side up with the other on the ground..............in the video they had the car on a lift, but it would work the same if you the car on 4 jack stands, it would just make the work that much easier..........not to say a lot safer..........................IMHO
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I'm going to try it this way. My dad has 4 Jack stands and a jack. I understand now.

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As for the bump stops I'll cut them in half.

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Old 02-28-2015, 12:19 AM   #29
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Does any one know which way the rear springs go. I seen some do the tighter coils on top and some do the tighter coils on bottom. These are Sr springs btw

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