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Old 07-04-2002, 05:28 PM   #1
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Unhappy I need help with spring installation

I want to put in my eibach pro kit springs, but no one in town will do it for under $400. I only found two places that would even do it in the first place. i need help with either finding a place that will do it for cheap, ive got about $150 to spend, or someone that is willing to help me do it.

id prefer the second option but i dont have a clue what im doing. ive been to scoobymods.com and got a little info, but not enough that i feel confedent in doing this myself. I also ned to know exactly what tools i need.

Help me out guys. my springs are just sitting in my living room taunting me.
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Old 07-04-2002, 10:21 PM   #2
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you need to rent a spring compressor. airtools would make the job easier. maybe some of the e-town guys can help you out?
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Old 07-04-2002, 11:39 PM   #3
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The worse part is that without cutting the brake line bracket, you will have to bleed the brakes which adds more labour cost. And removing the springs from the stock struts is no easy job either.
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Old 07-04-2002, 11:42 PM   #4
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Talking Markus to the rescue!!!!

NO PROBLEM!! I'd be more than happy to help out.

If you and I can arrange a time for you to come up in E-Town, we'll have you on the road on your new springs, three hours later (if that). All it will cost you is a case of Beer and some Pizza!!

I've done this three time on my own car now (long story) and its quite simple. Despite popular belief, you do not need spring compressors for the Impreza, although you most certainly do need an extra pair of hands and someone of my bodyweight to push on the top spring retainer and viola it off. No, i'm not fat, but I am big.

I have the air tools, I have the dremmel tool (slight cut required on the brake line retainer <== sounds worse than it really is), and the know how.

Let me know.

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Old 07-04-2002, 11:45 PM   #5
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The worse part is that without cutting the brake line bracket, you will have to bleed the brakes which adds more labour cost. And removing the springs from the stock struts is no easy job either.
We obviously have a difference of opinion here. After the first time where we were stumbling around the car to figure what comes off where, etc. etc., I thought this was relatively easy.
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Old 07-05-2002, 12:15 AM   #6
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markus:

i will take you up on your offer. ill let you know when i can make the trip to e town. im off to a wedding this weekend in BC. but if its good for you, how does next weekend sound? i dont have a lot of weight but i do have hands, and i can get beer and pizza fairly easily.

is there anything i need to bring besides beer, the car and the springs? ie brake fluid, tools ect?
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Old 07-05-2002, 12:34 AM   #7
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As far as the brakes are concerned, I've always done it the easier way of making a small cut on the brake bracket such that you can bend the bracket just enough that you can get the brake line out of there without disconnecting anything.

Like I said, I've done this three time before, and no broken brackets or loose brakes lines have resulted from this. In fact, I've driven this way for more miles than I did with the stock suspension and zero problems.

As it relates to timing, we're going to have to do this carefully. The 14th is an autocross at Nameo so the Sunday is shot. The following weekend I'm off one holidays until July 29th, so my only real "window" is July 13th. However, I have to check with my wife to see if she's okay with this. Sorry to sound so whipped, but with all the travel I do, I have to be very careful and ensure that I give my wife and kids "time with Dad" too.

Give me a call at my cell phone sometime on the weekend and we'll chat ==> 800-414-2314.

BTW, my REAL name is Mark, but I go by Markus too.

Cheers,
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Old 07-05-2002, 04:44 AM   #8
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Are you driving to the wedding here in BC? If you are and you're in Vancouver there are plenty of shops that can install the springs for less than $400.

But it appears MARKus has agreed to do it already so...let him do it.
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Old 07-05-2002, 08:00 AM   #9
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markus knows exactly what he's talking about... good to have someone who knows how to install suspension... which is really important... just don't let anyone named JACK install stuff on your car...

i've done three too... first two times i used a hacksaw... hehhe then i discovered the canadian tire NOOKMUM spinning saw hehehe
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Old 07-05-2002, 03:06 PM   #10
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markus, you can do it without a spring compressor? thats pretty amazing. when i replaced my springs and struts(stock replacements) i had to use a spring compressor cause i couldn't get enough damn weight on the strut.

yeah, don't let Jack aka GTBGUY touch your car :monkey:
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Old 07-05-2002, 07:36 PM   #11
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markus, you can do it without a spring compressor? thats pretty amazing. when i replaced my springs and struts(stock replacements) i had to use a spring compressor cause i couldn't get enough damn weight on the strut.
Like I said, I'm not Fat but I am big. 240+ lbs will compress the stock springs enough that a spring compressor is not required.
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Old 07-05-2002, 07:38 PM   #12
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But it appears MARKus has agreed to do it already so...let him do it.
Us BARN-boys aren't afraid of getting our hands dirty unlike some people I know. **cough**Kent**cough**
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Old 07-06-2002, 12:53 AM   #13
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if you know what your doing you don't NEED a spring compressor... but i got a story to tell you about some BODY that even had a srping compressor and almost took off his own head LOL.... i was walking back cause i knew HE didn't do it right... and the top bolt came flying out and almost decapitated him... LOL

***cough.. Jack ****cough
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Old 07-06-2002, 03:43 PM   #14
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I work at a shop that does this every day & I'd sooner trust Mark to give me a hand than I would doing this by myself at the shop. He knows what he's taking about. I change my springs every spring and fall, it's not as hard as some would have you believe. Look at your method of payment, it should explain a few things?
I just couldn't resist.
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Old 07-07-2002, 08:01 PM   #15
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well i just got back from the wedding. in was in some town called elkford, bc. yeah its a one horse town.

Markus: I will see if i can swing saturday. the wife works so ill have to find a babysitter. Let me know if the wife is giving you a free pass next weekend. id call you but the weekend is almost over and i dont want to impose. but i will if you tell me to.

Let me know whats up.
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Old 07-09-2002, 02:23 AM   #16
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Look at your method of payment, it should explain a few things?
I just couldn't resist.
JK MB
Are you kidding? Work on a car and free beer? Who could ask for more?
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Old 07-09-2002, 02:33 AM   #17
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I couldn't agree more, my friend.
Will the Hula girls be there?
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Old 07-09-2002, 02:37 AM   #18
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Well, I suppose I could ask my wife to try a grass skirt on since it is at my house...
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Old 07-09-2002, 03:22 AM   #19
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Markus - How's the gun-rack coming along?
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Old 07-09-2002, 04:24 PM   #20
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Markus:
Saturday is good for me. Shoot me an email so i know if its good for you, what time to show up, and some directions to your place and the closest beer store (we wouldn't want warm beer would we?).

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Old 07-09-2002, 04:29 PM   #21
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Markus likes the warm beer and the soggy pretzels.
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Old 07-10-2002, 12:01 AM   #22
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Markus - How's the gun-rack coming along?
[Arnold voice] I like you little Kent, that is why I kill you last [/Arnold voice]

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Sweet, I get to see all them other muffins die first!!
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Old 07-10-2002, 12:07 AM   #24
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we wouldn't want warm beer would we?

Brock
Hi Brock ==> No!! Warm beer would be "deal breaking" bad.

Anyway, back on topic. "The Boss" gave me the "okay" as long as she gets to choose the beer ==> God I love my wife She's put in an order for John Labatt Classic. Can you manage?

So, that being said, can you be at my place between 12:00 - 12:30pm? Cal me at my cellular at 800-414-2314. My "Real" name is Mark, so ask for Mark.

Like I posted before, we're looking at 3 hours TOPS!! We'll have you home for supper.

Any others want to hang-out and see the procedure done? It should be very similar/same on a GDA as it is on a GC8.
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Sweet, I get to see all them other muffins die first!!
ROTFLMAO!!!!
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