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Old 08-18-2003, 08:15 PM   #1
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I just acquired a set of H&R sport springs for my '99 Outback Sport (Impreza) and am almost ready to install... Before I do, is there any words from the wise, useful advice, or do's/don'ts that I should know about? Also, what special tools do I need besides a spring compressor? Thanks.
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Old 08-18-2003, 08:22 PM   #2
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I installed mine and a friends on his WRX sedan. Take alook at

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...5&pagenumber=1

That should answer most or all of your questions, let me know.
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Old 08-19-2003, 03:47 AM   #3
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Thanks man. That helps a lot.

Do you have any advice on the initial steps of the install (taking the strut/spring assembly off the car)? What was the hardest part?

Spring compressors are available at Napa for around $20??! AWESOME!! I'll save over $200 by installing the springs myself
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Old 08-19-2003, 04:16 AM   #4
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I just put the KYB AGX struts and new tops in.
Don't try to do them one side then the other. Do them front then rear or rear then front.
Both wheels(front or rear) must be off the ground at the same time ie. you can't do one corner at a time with only one wheel jacked up.
Use 6pt. sockets.
Mark your front camber bolts/struts, so that you can get the camber bolts back in the way they came out.
Be careful with the brake lines/abs wires.
Watch how the struts come apart, and where/how pieces are oriented and put them back the same way.
Use some grease on your perches and isolators(the rubber pieces on the bottom of the rears and top of the fronts) to stop squeakies.
The stock struts probably won't last too long with the drop of H&R's.
KYB won't warranty that much drop either, and I don't know about Koni's.

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Old 08-19-2003, 10:27 AM   #5
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have a air gun. This will save you the most time, I mean a LOT of time. Just make sure you do one side of the springs then the other when the compressor is on them. compress the spring until the strut is loose. Then remove it. Then slowly un-compress the spring so it does not "pop" on you. Go slow on the first one, take your time.
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Thanks a bunch. I'm going to be installing them after I come back from The Tool Peddler... One last question... Does the subie have macpherson struts?? The spring compressor for macpherson's are only $20 while one for a regular shock/strut is $33...

Anyways, wish me luck and thanks a ****load for the help.
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Old 08-19-2003, 06:07 PM   #7
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Just a reference. My stock struts have lasted just fine with H&R's and it's been about a year... Though AGX's are getting aquired this week
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Old 08-20-2003, 02:11 AM   #8
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SO....
I went to Sears and bought a floor jack, and jack stands. I went to Tool Peddler and got the spring compressor... Got home, raised the car, threw the jacks under, took the wheels off and was ready and rarin to go... BUT... I couldn't remove any bolts that I needed to!! I tried liquid wrench, I tried WD-40... Nothing worked... the bolts never budged... I put a long pipe on the end of the wrench to get more leverage and the pipe broke!! ***!!

Keep in mind that this is a Wisconsin car; AKA: Lots-o-snow and salt in the winter... Any suggestions?? Any help? Damn I'd like to do these springs myself... For one, I went out and bought $60-70 in tools and two, it will cost me over $200 for some place to install them for me.

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Dude, you gonna need impact tools. You may be able to rent an electric 110v 1/2" drive impact. Look in the phone book for tool rentals and call around.

That or find a LONG piece of cast iron pipe, and a 24" long 1/2" drive breaker bar and pray something dosen't snap....

Might try something like this...
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=31877
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Old 08-20-2003, 10:16 AM   #10
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200 buck in tools is a investment that you can use for a long time. Even if you buy the impact gun, and only rent the air compressor you will be ahead because you have the tools now. With out the impact gun, it will take you a good full day. That sucks you can not get it off, but you need the gun. Also get a extra socket 17mm I think I used and make that special tool so a wrench can get a hold of it when undoing the center bolt on the strut. Having the right tools make life easy, and better yet SAFE!
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Old 08-20-2003, 12:43 PM   #11
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Thanks again guys. I think I'm going to delay the installation until I can get an impact gun. $80 isn't that bad, I just have to wait for my next paycheck. Ahh, I love living life one paycheck at a time. Oh wait, I don't. I also need an air compressor?
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