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Old 04-15-2000, 01:16 AM   #1
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Smile ANYONE WANNA HELP OUT A TARD???

so does anyone want to help out a fellow subie owner.. im replaceing the struts/springs.. with H&R and Kyb gr-2. i have a 91 legacy L. I started today.. couldnt get off the struts gave up putt everything back together and then cried . but yea, if anyone on here with experience in lowering would like to help me out.. i would be extremely thankful. at the moment im broke and cant afford a shop to install them..

ok thanks.. Mark Tomlinson
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Old 04-15-2000, 06:00 AM   #2
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What exactly were you stuck on? Were the bolts frozen? If so, soak them for a few days in WD40, etc. Also, make sure you have a nice long breaker bar to get those bolts off. My 90 Laser was the same way...everything was frozen tight. But, with a long enough bar, they should come free. (if not, hit some weights for a while...that helps too! hehe)

Tell us what you were stuck on.

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Old 04-16-2000, 12:26 AM   #3
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it was definitly the bolts that hook the strut to the brake assembly.. they just wouldnt budge. i guess i could soak them in some wd40.. i just dont really have the time to attempt it again. oh yea and im 170 lbs, its all muscle of course ... i had a breaker bar and some pipeing.. it just wasnt going anywhere even with my 200 lb friend hangin on it..
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Old 04-16-2000, 07:07 AM   #4
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I know your pain! I just installed (by myself) my KYB/AGX with the stock springs (couldn't afford new ones ) Although I can't help with the physical labor I CAN offer some tips

Because I reused my stock springs I had to rent a spring compressor from my local NAPA autoparts store. I originally tried without it but my frustration got the better of me I found it impossable to line up the upper spring perch/washer/upper bearing whilst lowering the car onto the strut. It was by far easier to assemble the strut/spring/upper bearing on the bench and install the whole assembly in one shot, the aggrevation factor was MUCH lower!

I would also recommend doing both fronts or rears at the same time, if not, the sway bar will need to be disconnected.

On the upper bolts of the front uprights (the part that holds the wheels) is the castor (camber?) adjustment bolt, you will want to mark this bolt so that you may return it to the same setting to avoid having to get an alignment.

I jacked up my car using the stock jack in the trunk getting it as high as I could and put jackstands under the flats of the rocker panels, much safer and very sturdy.

Pick up some 'PB', it is a Liquid Wrenh type product and spray the nuts several times a day a couple of days before you start the project, it will do wonders

Let me know if you have any questions.

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Old 04-16-2000, 01:03 PM   #5
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the struts come in the box with a plastic ribbon that compresses it.. do i just remove it or what? my friend siad you have to install it like that then cut if off.. that makes no sense to me at all. ok any info will help me out.. thanks
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If they are KYB's, you are suppose to cut that string when off the car, then using your hand move the shock in/out all the way until it feels 'smooth'. This helps set the gasses correctly. I don't know why fully, but it should be on the instructions with the struts (check the box).

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in the instructions it says nothing about cutting the plastic strip. just on who to install/remove them. no specific details, but in you sayin to do so.. what will happen when i cut the strip? and yes they are KYB gr2's.
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nevermind i took a chance and did it..
thier fine.. haha why was i so worried?
thanks kevin for the help
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Old 04-17-2000, 09:46 AM   #9
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Anytime Bean! I have gotten fairly good at removing/installing suspensions, since I have done it on my old 95 Talon TSi, my 90 Laser turbo, and also my 99 Legacy 2.5GT. It's not a difficult job, as long as you have the right tools, PATIENCE, and enough energy.

My biggest problem was trying to reinstall the shock/spring assembly. It was very hard to get the caliper assembly low enough and in position to put the 2 main bolts back in. Another person sure would make this job easier. I would have to try and use one foot on the lug studs, step down on the assembly, and then slide a screwdriver through the bolt holes just to hold the thing in place. Then I would muscle the whole thing (many explitives flying at this point, spitting/slobbering like I was competing in the Worlds Strongman Competition) enough to get one of the bolts through.

Best of luck!

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