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Old 01-20-2009, 07:28 PM   #1
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I just purchased some SPT Pinks for my daily commuter and was wondering if anyone can help or has a shop that I can go to. I have never installed any springs before and would be grateful for any help. Thanks
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Old 01-20-2009, 07:52 PM   #2
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if its a strut and spring combo allready together i wouldnt waste money on a shop, but if changing springs you do need to compress the fronts to remove. its a time consuming job but pretty simple on the fronts all you really need to do is mark the top bolts in the bottom of the struts to the spindle, thats your camber. [you can use a marker] the rear the hardest parts are takin the back seats and the wheels off, pretty simple just take your time.
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Old 01-20-2009, 07:53 PM   #3
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u can go to auto innovations, thay have a deal for spring install and alignment
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Old 01-20-2009, 08:06 PM   #4
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u can go to auto innovations, thay have a deal for spring install and alignment
Thanks for the shop's info. I just called them and its ~200. Do you know anyone locally that is willing to do help?
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Old 01-21-2009, 01:40 PM   #5
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Thanks for the shop's info. I just called them and its ~200. Do you know anyone locally that is willing to do help?
Just do that. Just an alignment is $80. If you don't have any of the tools you need, that's gonna be just as expensive. A nice torque wrench is $80. A breaker bar is like $10-15... stuff adds up. Save yourself the headache. And it is actually helpful if you had airtools.
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Old 01-21-2009, 03:43 PM   #6
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Just do that. Just an alignment is $80. If you don't have any of the tools you need, that's gonna be just as expensive. A nice torque wrench is $80. A breaker bar is like $10-15... stuff adds up. Save yourself the headache. And it is actually helpful if you had airtools.
Your right, I'll just take it to them. Saves the headache and all the work. Thanks.
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Old 01-21-2009, 05:42 PM   #7
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Plus, compressing a spring with some of the clearly non-professional tools out there is very dangerous. Some jobs are fairly easy do it yourselfers. I would not consider this to be one of them.

Auto Innovations is a good place as they can perform the alignment when they are done.
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Too bad I'm in the opposite direction (North Bay). I have all the tools we'd need, and experience with ~10 swaps. Price? I've been bribed with beer and BBQ before.
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You should be able to install them yourself with regular hand tools and you can borrow spring compressors from many auto parts store and return them free of charge, they operate with hand tools. It is super easy but does take time. Then take it for an alignment and ask them to check that everything is torqued to specs shops near me wouldnt even charge for that if you are getting an alignment.
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Plus, compressing a spring with some of the clearly non-professional tools out there is very dangerous. Some jobs are fairly easy do it yourselfers. I would not consider this to be one of them.

Auto Innovations is a good place as they can perform the alignment when they are done.
I'm ALL d.i.y , including the handfuls of suspension jobs over the past couple years. If tools are used properly, by ANYONE both pro and non-pro, then there's not a safety risk. I've used the spring compressors I bought @ the local parts store without incident on multiple vehicles.

I wouldn't suggest a rookie/non mechanically inclined person do this sort of job. But if someone has the ability to use hand tools, read & follow a how-to, and has time/patience. Its entirely doable.
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I just purchased some SPT Pinks for my daily commuter and was wondering if anyone can help or has a shop that I can go to. I have never installed any springs before and would be grateful for any help. Thanks
I'm in the middle of this job right now. I've got wagon pinks and putting them on Ohlins.

I was going to go to Auto Innovations as well (will for the alignment, as I usually do) but I decided I wanted the experience.

If you want to try it, go to Autozone and rent the ~$50 MacPherson strut compressors. Your money is fully refunded when you return the tool.

You'll need a socket wrench with 10,12,17, and 19mm sockets. It really helps to have an impact wrench to tighten the top nut. A breaker bar helps with breaking loose the strut nuts.

Read the "DIY suspension" stuff carefully and think about each step. If you don't think you can do that, then pay someone. But really, if you have mechanical sense, you can do it. Subaru springs aren't under that much tension, so it's less dangerous than some other cars.
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Old 01-23-2009, 12:04 PM   #12
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Thanks for all the advices guys. I went ahead and got them done by a local mechanic. He's price was extremely reasonable and his work is reliable. The SPT springs did not give the drop that many would like, but the handling has greatly improved. Anyone who is deciding whether to get these springs, I give it a +1. Pictures will be up soon
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Old 01-23-2009, 12:18 PM   #13
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If you just put them on and are judging based on your current drop then just wait. Over the course of the next few weeks your car is going to settle and get a bit lower than it already is.
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