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Author Topic: Suspension stage 1 - my own version and questions on it  (Read 20403 times)
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« Reply #45 on: February 23, 2009, 11:04:34 PM »

All it takes is some sockets, and wrenches.  A jack and a jackstand and a spring compressor.  If you have a friend who is a mechanic and he doesn't have a spring compressor he must work on nothing but go karts.   Grin

They aren't expensive, what you save in paying for the install will let you buy him a set as a gift and still save you hundreds of dollars.

A good set of directions like the ones in Keith's book would be a good idea.
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« Reply #46 on: February 23, 2009, 11:11:25 PM »

He's installed springs on his cars so I'm sure he does. He's helping me with DP and full FM intake that way I know everything is done right. So it looks like I owe him big. I'll have to invest in Keith's Book.
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« Reply #47 on: February 23, 2009, 11:44:58 PM »

Well worth the money
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White Knight    1991 Crystal White   #99 CSP
Silver Bullet     1992 Silverstone     #17 SM2  FM I+ Turbo  (Gone but not forgotten)
Honey B          1992 Sunburst Yellow #99 SM2 J.R. M45
Whooosh         2004 Titanium MazdaSpeed MX5  #403 of 4000
Subie              2006 Steel Gray WRX STi Cobb Stage 2 (Gone but not forgotten)
No name yet    2008 Velocity Yellow Tintcoat Z06 Corvette
No Name yet    2014 Ashen Grey Metallic Camaro 2SS 1LE

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« Reply #48 on: February 23, 2009, 11:50:10 PM »

Just got off the phone with my buddy. He said he's got the tools. We are set for Saturday morning. Thank God! DP comes tomorrow and I think I'll order the book tomorrow also.
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« Reply #49 on: February 24, 2009, 03:28:11 AM »

so much more fun to do it yourself!! and if anything breaks, you'll know how to fix it....or at least who to blame it on  Roll Eyes

geeze 6 hours to install springs!!! half a day of work at a mechanic? that sounds WAY too high!
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« Reply #50 on: February 24, 2009, 03:37:26 AM »

That's what I thought. 6 hours? Oh well. We'll see how long it takes on Saturday. He didn't think that it would take quite that long. I do plan on selling the OEM springs since springs are so time consuming. I won't go through the trouble of putting them back on so if anyone is interested in OEM springs just let me know.
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SOLD 4/2010: '04 Ti MSM #568   Full FM Intake / FM DP / H&R Springs / Stewart-Warner Boost Gauge / 215/40-17 Dunlop Z1 Star Specs
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« Reply #51 on: February 24, 2009, 03:43:11 AM »

Take some detail pics of the install if possible. I will eventually tackle this when i do mine..
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« Reply #52 on: February 24, 2009, 12:07:14 PM »

Having done about 10-15 sets of shocks i will tell you it can easily take that long for someone to do.  Remember you have to disassemble part of the front suspension, 2 or 3 different methods available, to get the shocks out.  In the rear you have to remove the trunk liner first.  This isn't a matter of jacking up the car and undoing 2 bolts like most older American cars.  After the shocks are out you still have to compress the springs to disassemble the assembly and compress the new springs to reassemble it.

BTW, have a nice long crow bar or something of the sort to help push down the rear suspension helps a lot to get the rear shocks out.
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4 Miatas but who's counting!!   Cool

White Knight    1991 Crystal White   #99 CSP
Silver Bullet     1992 Silverstone     #17 SM2  FM I+ Turbo  (Gone but not forgotten)
Honey B          1992 Sunburst Yellow #99 SM2 J.R. M45
Whooosh         2004 Titanium MazdaSpeed MX5  #403 of 4000
Subie              2006 Steel Gray WRX STi Cobb Stage 2 (Gone but not forgotten)
No name yet    2008 Velocity Yellow Tintcoat Z06 Corvette
No Name yet    2014 Ashen Grey Metallic Camaro 2SS 1LE

“There are only three sports: mountain climbing, bull fighting, and motor racing. All the rest are merely games.”
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« Reply #53 on: March 01, 2009, 05:31:47 AM »

Well we got the H&R springs on today. They way shops calculate time for installs it's ridiculous. We did the rear shocks first in less than 2 hours. Consistent labor times said over 3 hrs for the rears. Took an hour lunch and then started on the fronts. 2 to 2.5 hours. Left front was being a little difficult. Saved me $450. Just need to get an alignment now. I'm pretty happy with the stiffness and with the money saved means sway bar possibility. My buddy was amazed at the rigidness of the frame of the car when it was jacked up. I've never seen a car this rigid either. Lift the rear corner and the other corner practically goes up too. I let him take it out for a spin which was weird for me being in the passenger side. He loved the handling better than his highway patrol modified 5.0 Mustang. Of course acceleration wasn't quite up to what he's used to.

I'm cleaning the OEM springs and prepping for resale. Only 22,500 miles on them.   
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SOLD 4/2010: '04 Ti MSM #568   Full FM Intake / FM DP / H&R Springs / Stewart-Warner Boost Gauge / 215/40-17 Dunlop Z1 Star Specs
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