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Old 07-05-2006, 05:11 PM   #1
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Default Anyone in central MA area bored and want to help install some struts and springs?

I have a full assembled set of KYB AGXs and Tanabe springs and tophats sitting in my trunk waiting to get put it. I just pulled my car into the garage and I'm going to put it up and remove the wheels and stuff right now.

I live in Shrewsbury, so call my cell, 508 887 0200, if you want to come help out.

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Old 07-05-2006, 05:43 PM   #2
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haha you should help me with my Tein springs when you have time !!! im at work right now !
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Old 07-05-2006, 05:46 PM   #3
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Well, forget it, it's not happening. I busted out the air gun and I can't get the lugs to budge. I'm going to go check how tight they are with a torque wrench before I take the car off the jacks. Now I'm ****ing pissed, I never wanted to take my car to the place I did and have some random person do my ****, but no, my mom insisted I take it to this guy because he always treats her well. Yeah, and she's on her fifth pair of rotors at 85k miles on her Subaru

**** this I'm out.
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Old 07-05-2006, 06:25 PM   #4
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Foiled at getting the lugs off? Did Hulk Hogan put them on?

Post an update when you get to the install.. I'm considering a similar upgrade for my TS and am sucking up every install thread I can find.
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Old 07-05-2006, 06:37 PM   #5
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get yourself a breaker bar
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Old 07-05-2006, 06:57 PM   #6
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I busted out the air gun and I can't get the lugs to budge.
You sure you are turning them counter-clockwise?
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Old 07-05-2006, 07:08 PM   #7
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You sure you are turning them counter-clockwise?
I am positive. This is why I hate taking my car to ****ing tire shops. Usually I go right back home and retorque them, but I had to get inspected and leave for NY, so I decided to skip it. Now I know why my wheel has been randomly shaking around 70mph
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Old 07-05-2006, 07:12 PM   #8
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woah.....
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Old 07-05-2006, 07:14 PM   #9
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dude you cant get off teh LUGNUTS, please put the tools down and run away from your car.
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Old 07-05-2006, 07:20 PM   #10
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I busted out the air gun and I can't get the lugs to budge.
maybe get someone to help hold the gun?

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Yeah, and she's on her fifth pair of rotors at 85k miles on her Subaru
what does a bad Mechanic have to do with a bad driver? not to bust ur balls but, hey...
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Old 07-05-2006, 07:39 PM   #11
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maybe get someone to help hold the gun?


what does a bad Mechanic have to do with a bad driver? not to bust ur balls but, hey...
I'm not saying she's not a bad driver, but the first set lasted 40k, and she's been through a new set every 10k since she started going to this place. Her driving habits have not changed, she's the same whackjob.
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Old 07-05-2006, 07:46 PM   #12
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Direct Tire used to always over-torque my lugnuts. Make sure that the next time, they only tighten them to 80 ft lbs. And you might also want to put a little anti-seize on your wheel studs.

And Snap on breaker bars are the best.
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Old 07-05-2006, 07:49 PM   #13
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Direct Tire used to always over-torque my lugnuts. Make sure that the next time, they only tighten them to 80 ft lbs. And you might also want to put a little anti-seize on your wheel studs.

And Snap on breaker bars are the best.
I checked the tire and wheel forum and read that stock specs are to tighten to 65.7 ft lbs, but 68-70 is ok. I have a feeling these are WAY over. That was a quick search though so I don't know if it's correct.
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Old 07-05-2006, 08:04 PM   #14
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I was going by Honda specs. For the correct specs, call up the service department of your dealership... those specs are not in your owners manual under the changing the tire section?

So yeah, yours must be way over-tightened. Direct Tire uses air tools to take those off and put them back on. You should have that tire shop loosen the lugnuts for you in case they've ****ed them up or your wheel studs.

Otherwise, anti-seize is just something good to have around when working on our New England cars that get so much road salt on them in the wintertime. *sigh*
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Old 07-05-2006, 08:19 PM   #15
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It will be a hell of a lot easier with the car on the ground to break them loose. I'll stop by tomorrow and give you a hand.
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Old 07-05-2006, 08:24 PM   #16
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it's 58-72 lb.ft on my owner's manual. My prodrives have been sitting in the trunk for a month now, anyone wanna help me installing them?
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Old 07-05-2006, 08:40 PM   #17
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It will be a hell of a lot easier with the car on the ground to break them loose. I'll stop by tomorrow and give you a hand.
LOL! How true! I missed that!
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Old 07-05-2006, 10:35 PM   #18
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Wow,
you need a breaker bar. I just did my springs about a month ago. Took it all apart and back together. Even if they overtightened them, you should be able to break them loose with a breaker bar. Given that the air gun will pump out on average about 250 ft.lb. of torque, you can still break that loose by hand. Well......at least I did. When I did my rear springs, the rear strut bolts were on there at about 160 ft.lb. of torque and my air gun could not even break them loose. I set the thing to max torque but they must have seized. I snapped 3/8s to 1/2 socket adapter yanking on the bolt while almost lifting the car off the stands. I eventually broke the bolts loose by using 1/2 inch true socket on the bolts. The moral of the story is: get a breaker bar, grow stronger or get a strong friend to help. YOU CAN DOOO IITTTTT!!!!
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Old 07-05-2006, 11:52 PM   #19
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+1 on buy a breaker bar. I woudl suggest buying a craftsman bar at Sears because when you break it you can bring it back and get a new one. I break them when I put a six foot metal pipe on the end of them but then you have so much leverage it doesn't matter how strong you are.

Also it is much easier to loosen lugnuts when the wheels are still on the ground and the car is in gear.

I wish I didn't work so much or I would def make the short ride down 140 to help you out...
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Old 07-06-2006, 12:12 AM   #20
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The Snap on ones that I have are much beefier and stiffer than any of the other brands we've had (Husky, Craftsman). Breaking loose a tough bolt is much easier with them. And plus there is the lifetime Snap on warranty.
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Old 07-06-2006, 12:41 AM   #21
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Well, we probably have a breaker bar, I just don't know where it is. My mom and stepdad are on Nantucket right now, and I wanted to do the suspension while my stepdad wasn't here, as he enjoys bitching about imports. Our bored out '69 vette sits in the garage, so my brother started it up and moved it out. Last time I was instructed to move the Corvette I left a 6ft strip in REVERSE, just moving it in the driveway. It wasn't like I could just call my stepdad and be like "Hey where's that breaker bar," if he knows we did this I will be in big trouble. Thank God it goes to Lou's next Tuesday. Oh yeah, we don't have $$ for Snap On tools, sorry.

Dan (DJ_STI) better be calling me after he gets out of class tomorrow, and we can get this done. My brother has sun poisoning and his arms are nasty so he can't help with the wrenching.
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Old 07-06-2006, 01:01 AM   #22
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youre like 21 dude tell your stepdad to eat a twinkee lol

unless its his car
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Old 07-06-2006, 01:09 AM   #23
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youre like 21 dude tell your stepdad to eat a twinkee lol

unless its his car
The Corvette is his car. There is tons of fun to be had in that car, but I don't know if he'll ever take it to NED
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Old 07-06-2006, 01:13 AM   #24
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Dan (DJ_STI) better be calling me after he gets out of class tomorrow, and we can get this done. My brother has sun poisoning and his arms are nasty so he can't help with the wrenching.
The FABULOUS miata also needs to be fixed, so if I get out of class a bit early tomorrow I can stop by. I'll bring my famous breaker bar, nothing has failed it. Do I need to bring any sockets/wrenches or do you have all the tools basically required?
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Old 07-06-2006, 01:16 AM   #25
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The FABULOUS miata also needs to be fixed, so if I get out of class a bit early tomorrow I can stop by. I'll bring my famous breaker bar, nothing has failed it. Do I need to bring any sockets/wrenches or do you have all the tools basically required?
Dan, I have everything else. If not, Pete probably has it, and we can run by his house and steal it
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