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Old 11-19-2002, 01:16 AM   #1
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Question Newbie Needs Springs Installed

Hi BAIC list,

I am the proud owner of an 03 WC Blue WRX. I have been lurking on the site for about a week or so trying to absorb as much as possible.

I can do most installs, but my wife refuses to let me do a spring install due to the many horror stores resulting from exploding struts/springs.

So, can anyone recommend an installer along the Penninsula (Milbrea to Sunnyvale) that could do the install and alignment?

I haven't bought the springs yet as many installers appreciate selling the product and installing.

Thanks in advance!

ps: I have noticed a few requests for installers, maybe we could start a thread on preferred installers.
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Old 11-19-2002, 02:35 AM   #2
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Bill and Chris from I-speed should be able to help you out for a nominal fee (or beer and eye candy) I'm sure they'll chime in shortly.

Otherwise, I've had good experience at RedStar racing in Hayward. Sounds like it might be a little far, but worth the drive to watch those crazy fools work
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Old 11-19-2002, 01:06 PM   #3
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Thanks,

I am getting some new tires/wheels this weekend so I would like to get lower soon as well.

I have looked over on Scooby Mods, but I can't find this information, do you need a spring compressor to do this job? If a spring compressor is not needed, then I can can do this one myself.
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Old 11-19-2002, 01:23 PM   #4
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Thanks,

I am getting some new tires/wheels this weekend so I would like to get lower soon as well.

I have looked over on Scooby Mods, but I can't find this information, do you need a spring compressor to do this job? If a spring compressor is not needed, then I can can do this one myself.
ispeed or autonnivations.
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Old 11-19-2002, 02:46 PM   #5
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Hi BAIC list,

I can do most installs, but my wife refuses to let me do a spring install due to the many horror stores resulting from exploding struts/springs.
Well, the WRX springs are anti-climactic if drama is what you're looking for. If you're removing the stock springs and installing lowering springs then you don't even need a spring compressor. If she's afraid you're going to get hurt give me a shout when you want to do the install and I'll undo the springs. Or, tell her you're taking the car to have the install done at "Dreamlot" and I'll meet you there. $17 bucks an hour gets you a shop full of tools as well as a lift. Of course we'd do the work ourselves . If she reads this board that idea is gone .

Cheers, Joe
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Old 11-19-2002, 03:49 PM   #6
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Hi BAIC list,

I am the proud owner of an 03 WC Blue WRX. I have been lurking on the site for about a week or so trying to absorb as much as possible.

I can do most installs, but my wife refuses to let me do a spring install due to the many horror stores resulting from exploding struts/springs.

So, can anyone recommend an installer along the Penninsula (Milbrea to Sunnyvale) that could do the install and alignment?

I haven't bought the springs yet as many installers appreciate selling the product and installing.

Thanks in advance!

ps: I have noticed a few requests for installers, maybe we could start a thread on preferred installers.
Ok I have basic "wrenching" experience . Nothing major, but basic bolt on stuff... I had never done a spring install before, and I was able to do it with my friend in about 3 hours --with going slowly.

It really is a 2 person job, but if you read the how-to's, you can do it with most basic tools in easily under 3.5 hours. You can read a quick writeup on my experience at http://wrx.wiredgeek.net

For the work involved, i highly recomend doing it yourself - its not that difficult.

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Old 11-19-2002, 07:23 PM   #7
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Alright, you all gave me confidence to do it myself, that's generally the best way to get to know your car anyway.

Just to clarify, if I can raise the car fully off the ground, do I need a spring compressor?

Thanks for the input, the Eibachs are ordered and should arrive in a couple of days.
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Old 11-19-2002, 07:40 PM   #8
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Yes, you need a spring compressor. No, you dont have to buy one, and no they arent expensive. I borrowed one from Pep Boys for free, but you can even buy them for $50.

1) Raise the car off the ground
2) Take off wheels
3) Remove entire strut/spring assemblys. You do NOT need a spring compressor at this point, because the strut top holds the spring in.
4) Use the spring compressor on the spring to tighten it down till the spring is loose inside of the strut assembly.
5) Take off the strut top -- see my webpage as well as as many how=to's as you can for help on this -- this is the one tricky part.
6) take out spring, put new one in
7) put top back on ( you dont need the compressor for this)
8) bolt assembly back into car
9) reassemble car

your done..

really, the hardest part is step #5. And its just a bit tricky, not hard..

Good luck!

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Old 11-19-2002, 10:07 PM   #9
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What springs are you using? Depending on how much you lower it, you might want to invest in some stiffer shocks.

You don't need a compressor. Just looses the strut bolt just enough so it's barely on. Then wrap it in a blanket, and toss it into the street! Haha, jk. Go "borrow" a compressor from Pepboys, and I'd recommend having some help when doing this. An extra set of hands makes the job a lot easier.

Good luck!
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Old 11-19-2002, 11:23 PM   #10
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***Anyone know the torque specs for the strut nuts and bolts?***

Jademonkey: I will look for a big old blanket to wrap them up in :>

I am going with the Eibach Pro's. I am in my 40's and the old bones appreciate a little cush for everyday driving. I have been looking at the Koni adjustables, I had them on an old Porche along time ago and they were a great mix of comfort and performance. I should be getting my Konig Passport 18" wheels and Kumho 225/45's mounted by the end of the week.

Look out Manny, Moe and Jerk, I am coming to get your spring compressor!!!

Thanks again everyone, this site is a great resource.
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Old 11-19-2002, 11:28 PM   #11
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hey, what and where exactly is dreamlot..?
thanks
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Old 11-20-2002, 12:56 AM   #12
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Well, the WRX springs are anti-climactic if drama is what you're looking for. If you're removing the stock springs and installing lowering springs then you don't even need a spring compressor. If she's afraid you're going to get hurt give me a shout when you want to do the install and I'll undo the springs. Or, tell her you're taking the car to have the install done at "Dreamlot" and I'll meet you there. $17 bucks an hour gets you a shop full of tools as well as a lift. Of course we'd do the work ourselves . If she reads this board that idea is gone .

Cheers, Joe
It's a DIY garage. In Mountain View. www.dreamlot.com
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Old 11-20-2002, 06:35 PM   #13
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I have the eibach sport springs on KYB AGX (Adjustible shocks) and I enjoy the firm yet smooth ride, and the ability to adjust. And a little less pocket book depletion than Koni's. Even the springs themselfs, paired with a larger rear sway bar of course, will give you excellent feedback, allow you to carry much more speed through turns, and will not injure kidneys when floating over humps and bumps in the road. This should be a manditory first mod!

Dreamlot?

WOW! I've never seen or heard of that place before. And here I was stressin about having to install fuel rails in the middle of downtown Santa Cruz with my mickey mouse travel tool box. I miss my garage

More info on Dreamlot..their site sux
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Old 12-07-2002, 06:55 PM   #14
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Just wanted to let everyone know the Eibach install is complete an the car looks and handles great!

If you follow Matt's (Diranged) instructions above you will be fine. The upper and lower 19mm bolts are tough to get off so make sure you have a long breaker bar or a fresh high quality 19 mm closed end wrench that you can pound on with a BFH (Big F'ing Hammer). Also, before you remove the upper 19 mm front bolts, check to see their exact position, their strength number "10" is printed on the top of the bolt. This bolt is used for camber/caster adjustment. If you replace the bolt exactly as you reomved it, the spring install will give you a bit of negative camber.

Other wise, follow Matt's instructions and review the P1 install in ScoobyMods.

Thanks for everyone's help!!!

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