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Old 05-10-2000, 09:50 AM   #1
FatChanceTi
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Post My suspension install experience

Installed the WRX STi V5 suspension on my RS this past weekend.


Removal was relatively simple. Didn't need a cheater (breaker) bar, just used the 17" socket handle I bought at Ace Hardware (bonus: the 19mm lower strut nut size is the same as the wheel lugnuts. - this wrench works great for that). Anyhow, I used the 17" socket handle and a normal double end box wrench to remove the lower bolts. No Problem.

After the strusts were removed, redbaron (jeff) and myself were able to install the STi springs on the STi struts without a spring compressor, or too much hassle after we put them together the right way. The hardest part about doing this is getting the top nut off the struts. We used channel locks to twist the socket head, a small pipe wrench would have worked better.

Jeff had to leave a few hours into the job, but luckily my girlfriend was around, she has NO car experience at all, but we still were able to install the new struts/springs on the car without incident.
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Old 05-10-2000, 11:08 AM   #2
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Time saver: if you have a dremel tool, use it to cut the brake mount tabs. You can do the job without having to refill/bleed/disconnect the brakes. Saved a lot of mess and time. I also had to use the dremel on the espeed sensor wire mount. mine was seized up and would not come off. I bent the bracket really bad trying to unbolt it.

Just say NO! To each his own, but I would trade bleeding the brakes for having the brake lines and speed sensors securely fastened - actually I did

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Old 05-10-2000, 11:37 AM   #3
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I didn't cut my struts either, but I doubt the wire is going anywhere.

Drop another $150 on stainless braided brake lines and some good brake fluid and put some purpose behind it! At least the uprated brake fluid...
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Old 05-10-2000, 11:59 AM   #4
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speed sensors are fastened with zip ties, I dont think they're going anywhere, as for the brakes, if you bend the tabs back after re-installing, as I did, I don't think they will be going anywhere either. Plus the struts I bought from imprezer were already cut........

I agree, changing fluid/ upgrading to SS brake lines is the thorough way to do it, but this was fast, easy, and half of it was done for me already.

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Old 05-11-2000, 12:38 AM   #5
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Ryan,

Mine came right off, but the car only had about 1000 miles on it when I changed the suspension I guess if the new struts didn't have provision for attaching the brake lines, that sort of makes the decision for you!
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Old 05-11-2000, 12:44 AM   #6
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rao,

my RS has 59,000 miles, and two winters under its belt!

I had a pair of channel locks holding the bracket and still couldnt budge the thing. I cut as much of the bracket off as I could, and zip tied it to the strut (just like all the guys with KYB's have to do)

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