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Re: DIY WK spring install-use for shocks and struts as well

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Do you have a harbor freight near you ? I bought a set of compressors for 10 bucks. They are two pieces that clap on either side of the spring. I will take a pic of them as soon as I can.
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Do you have a harbor freight near you ? I bought a set of compressors for 10 bucks. They are two pieces that clap on either side of the spring. I will take a pic of them as soon as I can.

Thats where I got my compressor from. The coils on these eibachs are very close together, wound tight, that the arms/hooks of the compressor will not fit thru them. I even brought a spring to sears and the compressors they sell there will not fit either.
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Old 08-22-2009, 02:23 PM
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You should have bought them mounted. I have 2 sets of spare shocks/struts.

Did you send me srt Eibachs? My WK is really low now, sits like a dropped srt8. And in the rear I have to remove some of the bump stop because I keep bottoming it all the time.

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And I installed the Eibachs in about 12 hours in my driveway with my cousins help, but that was taking time to grill and drink alot. Lol. It really wasnt that difficult at all. I needed a compressor to remove the front stock springs but it wasnt needed for the eibachs I have, they are much shorter so the nut went right back on the shock. For some reason the rear lower shock bolts didnt want to come out easy, so I used a compressor to remove the stock springs and to install the Eibachs. I have the "clam shell" type compressor, so its heavey but worked great. Took a little manuvering to get the top of the front struts out while pushing up hard on the upper control arm to get the clearance. Seemed once I did the first front strut the other side went in half the time. Im glad i did it myself, learned new things.
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awesome Timmy!
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Re: DIY WK spring install-use for shocks and struts as well

I'd like to throw some more info here,as i recently did the swap to Eibach's without the use of a spring compressor. Removal of the assembly was exactly as stated in the instructions. To get the spring off I used an impact wrench to loosen the top nut about 3-4 turns. Then i layed the assembly on the ground with the strut and spring facing away from anything. I used a ratcheting wrench to take the nut the rest of the way off,it pops off kinda suddenly at the end and i knew that was going to happen so i put my foot on the body of the spring. The strut popped backwards about 6 inches. Not violently but enough that you'd maybe want to have something there to keep it form possibly flying away.

To put the spring on,i couldn't start the nut as even the eibach was too long. I ground out the slot in the truck,over top of the strut so i could get a socket through. I put the spring and strut assembly into the truck and used the weight of it to compress the spring until i could get the nut started and then impacted it on.

Saves some time and exspense if you're so inclined and have the tools. But most any exhaust or general shop should have a spring compressor that you could get the work done at for fairly cheap.
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lets see some pics bro
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Re: DIY WK spring install-use for shocks and struts as well

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Did you send me srt Eibachs? My WK is really low now, sits like a dropped srt8. And in the rear I have to remove some of the bump stop because I keep bottoming it all the time.

---------- Post added at 11:23 AM ---------- Previous post was at 11:16 AM ----------

And I installed the Eibachs in about 12 hours in my driveway with my cousins help, but that was taking time to grill and drink alot. Lol. It really wasnt that difficult at all. I needed a compressor to remove the front stock springs but it wasnt needed for the eibachs I have, they are much shorter so the nut went right back on the shock. For some reason the rear lower shock bolts didnt want to come out easy, so I used a compressor to remove the stock springs and to install the Eibachs. I have the "clam shell" type compressor, so its heavey but worked great. Took a little manuvering to get the top of the front struts out while pushing up hard on the upper control arm to get the clearance. Seemed once I did the first front strut the other side went in half the time. Im glad i did it myself, learned new things.
I bought them off e-bay as WK eibachs. I like the look better than mine. I looks awesome.
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yep...theyre def. the SRT eibachs
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yep...theyre def. the SRT eibachs

And I luv them, the drop is perfect to me. Just sux I already blew my front passenger shock which I think I did hitting a bump too fast on highway construction. I wouldnt of even noticed its blown except for all the oil all over my driveway and dripping from the top of the strut, and going over bumps on the highway now the front end feels like a boat traveling up and down. But thanks to scott I will have a slightly used working set of front struts here shortly to swap out.

The tops of the front spring coils are compressed just sitting there on level ground, is that normal?





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I'd like to throw some more info here,as i recently did the swap to Eibach's without the use of a spring compressor. Removal of the assembly was exactly as stated in the instructions. To get the spring off I used an impact wrench to loosen the top nut about 3-4 turns. Then i layed the assembly on the ground with the strut and spring facing away from anything. I used a ratcheting wrench to take the nut the rest of the way off,it pops off kinda suddenly at the end and i knew that was going to happen so i put my foot on the body of the spring. The strut popped backwards about 6 inches. Not violently but enough that you'd maybe want to have something there to keep it form possibly flying away.

To put the spring on,i couldn't start the nut as even the eibach was too long. I ground out the slot in the truck,over top of the strut so i could get a socket through. I put the spring and strut assembly into the truck and used the weight of it to compress the spring until i could get the nut started and then impacted it on.

Saves some time and exspense if you're so inclined and have the tools. But most any exhaust or general shop should have a spring compressor that you could get the work done at for fairly cheap.

My cousin had the same idea, the clam shell spring compressor arms dont fit between the coils of these eibachs so he said to install everything and use the weight of the car to compress the spring. The only thing, as you stated, is the hole above the nut is too small to fit a socket through. I def must have the srt eibachs, because I was able to fit the nut right on, even turning it a bit by hand without compressing the spring.

So anyone with the WK eibach's needs a compressor or has to grind out some metal at the mount in order to get them on, but anyone with srt eibachs will have them fit right on the strut.

And great idea, about just laying the assembly on the ground and undoing the nut. That is something I would def do.

And if anyone happens to be around my area, lowell Ma, and needs a spring compressor i have one you can gladly borrow.

---------- Post added at 01:42 PM ---------- Previous post was at 01:40 PM ----------

Oh, and FYI, I bought my clam shell type spring compressor off ebay, its used but works perfect, I paid .99 cents plus $30 shipping. Lol.
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Re: DIY WK spring install-use for shocks and struts as well

FYI- Save yourself some grief on the front shocks and take off the brake rotor, plus disconnect the lower clevis bolt and lower stabilizer bolt so the lower control arm will drop out of the way. Makes the job a lot easier.
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If I'm going from stock to SRT springs do you recomend doing them all around at the same time or can I do the rear one day and the front later on?
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If I'm going from stock to SRT springs do you recomend doing them all around at the same time or can I do the rear one day and the front later on?
You can do the rear one day and the front another, the truck will be an inch or so lower in the back then up front, might look like you have blow shocks or something, but i dont see it being a big deal
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