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Old 02-07-2002, 07:33 PM   #1
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Default installing TEIN HA's or any coilovers for that matter.

hi guys, I'm a newbie here... I got a 2002 WRX on 2/4/02 and planning to install HA's very soon. it's on order, hope to get it by next weekend.

for those of you with experience taking apart the sus on the WRX, would you let me know how you went about the rear shocks?

1. how do you access the top strut bolts?
do i need to take off the rear seats? if so, how do I do that?

2. I downloaded the HA installation instructions and it says
to put vehicle weight on the axle carrier....the heck is that?
the lower arm good enough? this is to keep the shaft from
coming apart inside the joint, correct?

please help, thanx!
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Old 02-07-2002, 08:04 PM   #2
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Where did you downloaded the instruction for HA? i want to download it too.. i have a tein HA sitting in my room waiting to be installed... i just gotta arrange time with my self.. please let me know.
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Old 02-08-2002, 12:44 AM   #3
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6-12mm bolts to remove both pieces of backseat, and dont make the mistake of unbolting the center seatbelt bolt, you can just pull the seatbelt out and pull it around the corner of the seat when your about to remove the backrest portion of your rear seat.

I dont usually just jack the car up by the rear diff in the back, and the front xmember support in the middle for the front. i would unbolt the bottom of the struts first, then the tops, and back in reverse order.

you can do the whole install with 17mm wrench and socket, large breaker bar, 12mm wrench and socket. and whatever is needed for the brake lines in the front, and a flat head for the rear brake line clips.

I would opt to keep the rear metal cover cups on (you will know what im talking about when you take the rear seats off and look at the rear strut tops. Make sure you set the dampening when you install them to save you from removing the rear seats to reset them.

good luck,

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Old 02-08-2002, 10:36 AM   #4
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ej20-thanks for the info! btw, where is the 6bolts located on the backrest? I looked there this morning and could not see any bolts...its my first time dealing with a suby....thanks amillion.

oh yah, I got the instructions (its in Jpnese) from tein.co.jp>technical instructions (? support?) >subaru>Impreza

it's full manual in pdf.
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Old 02-08-2002, 01:50 PM   #5
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First, it's helpful to roll down the rear windows before starting to get a bit more clearance for getting the seat sections out.

You'll see two bolts on the vertical section just before the seat cushion.

Loosen those (12mm) and remove them.

Lift UP on the seat cushion in the front, you need to unhook it from the hook that connects it to the backrest portion. You need to lift the front part WAY up. Play with it and it will eventually come out.

With the seat portion gone, there are four bolts for the backrest portion, all in locations previously covered by seat portion.

Loosen those (12mm) and remove them.

Open the passthrough (it hooks to the frame) and lift straight up to undo the hooks in the corners by the seat belt tensioners.

Now you would be able to go straight out one of the doors. Be careful of the center seatbelt and the big metal prongs that stick out the bottom of the backrest.

At that point it's very clear where the strut tops are.
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Old 02-08-2002, 04:33 PM   #6
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concillian- thanks very much for that info!
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