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Degree of Difficulty: Installing New Strut/Spring Combo

I've got the Tokico Blues and Eibach ProKit sitting on my floor right now. I'm considering having someone put the springs on the struts for me and then I'll do the install myself. I want to know how hard this is going to be. My biggest DIYs to date: driver's side axle install and radiator install. Minor repairs have been: air intake, oil changes, fuel filter change, diz and rotor, plugs and wires. I have no air tools and no lift, but I do have 2 jack stands, a good jack, and the Helms. My Honda Mech says he will do the full install for $322. Not sure what he would charge just for putting the springs on the struts. So, on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being hardest, where does this install rank?
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Re: Degree of Difficulty: Installing New Strut/Spring Combo

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Re: Degree of Difficulty: Installing New Strut/Spring Combo

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Re: Degree of Difficulty: Installing New Strut/Spring Combo

I moved it for you.

It's not so much that it's hard, but time consuming. You also need to have the springs compressed before you put them on, which you would need a spring compressor for. Besides that, you really only need the standard tools like screwdrivers, wrenches, and a good metric socket set. Also good to have a pack of beer and lots of patience.
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Re: Degree of Difficulty: Installing New Strut/Spring Combo

well if you go out to shucks, or any of there outlets you can rent a spring compressor and do everything yourself for free
you might need a helping hand at one put but if you know everything that your supposed to do then you helper will just have to follow directions.
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Re: Degree of Difficulty: Installing New Strut/Spring Combo

its pretty easy man
just did it in my car. takes some time though. Get the spring compressor from AutoZone and follow the manual. I did an ES bushing kit at the same time and that wasnt that bad either. You have to have your car alligned afterwards though. Thats the only thing that could be a PITA if you dont know what your doin.
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Re: Degree of Difficulty: Installing New Strut/Spring Combo

Ya it's not that bad. Maybe a 3 on your rating system. Helms helps a ton, and if you look here:
http://www.ntpog.org/mods/fifth-spri...-springs.shtml
That's a how to for installing springs/struts. In that example he actually uses the same springs you're using. But like the others said, just make sure you get a spring compressor (easy to use) and you'll be good to go!

Now that I looked at that article again, he uses stock shocks (dumb idea), but all you have to do is put the new springs around your new shocks and then work from there.
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Re: Degree of Difficulty: Installing New Strut/Spring Combo

The Fronts will be easier then the rears.
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Re: Degree of Difficulty: Installing New Strut/Spring Combo

Thanks for the encouragement, I will attempt this. I've got just the Prelude so is there anything additional I need to pick up at AutoZone before I get dirty on this (besides the spring compressor already suggested)? Nothing I hate more than having the car on jack stands with the wheels off and then realizing I need to go pick something up.
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Re: Degree of Difficulty: Installing New Strut/Spring Combo

I would pick up "liquid wrench" or some kind of lubricant if you are using hand tools to get some of the nuts and bolts off. Just in case.
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Re: Degree of Difficulty: Installing New Strut/Spring Combo

Okay, so I don't know how to tell the diff between a front and rear spring. The telephone number on the Eibach box is disconnected and the number on the web goes straight to voicemail. In the pic below, which are the rear and the front? And which way is up and down?
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Re: Degree of Difficulty: Installing New Strut/Spring Combo

Going to do this work Friday morning. Anyone know which go on the front and which go on the rear. Oh yeah, and which way is up? Muchas Gracias.
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Re: Degree of Difficulty: Installing New Strut/Spring Combo

If you can read "Eibach" right side up then thats how it is installed into the struts.

Short ones go up front, big ones in the rear.
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Re: Degree of Difficulty: Installing New Strut/Spring Combo

Okay, I installed the two fronts today. New Eibachs over Tokico Blue. Something isn't right. After the install, I took it around the block and there is a squeak like a heavy bedspring when I hit bumps. Coming from both sides. Everything is torqued to spec, didn't forget anything. The front dropped 3/4" with the smaller Eibachs.

Here is the top of the strut after install. Same number of threads showing as before.

Here is a shot of the installed strut/spring not under load.

Here is a shot of it under load:


Any ideas about the squeaks? The rears are not installed, it is possible that is the problem? Or should I just expect squeaks for a certain period of time? I am so not happy.
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Re: Degree of Difficulty: Installing New Strut/Spring Combo

I just read a suspension DIY for a 5th Gen. He had bump stops. I only reused what was on the stock setup and there were no bump stops. Should I have bought some and used them?
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Re: Degree of Difficulty: Installing New Strut/Spring Combo

Okay, just went back over my steps. I didn't torque the self-locking nut at the top of the damper. If I torque that down, maybe everything will be okay. Still wondering about that bump stop though.
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Re: Degree of Difficulty: Installing New Strut/Spring Combo

Update. I bought a 3/8" drive Allen Key set so that I could properly tighten the top center self-locking nut. Tightened it down and there are no nasty squeaks. Rides nice up front. Now I start the rears.
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Re: Degree of Difficulty: Installing New Strut/Spring Combo

I swear on my car the longer ones went up front

yea mine squeaked for a lil while, once everything gets broken in then it should go away
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Re: Degree of Difficulty: Installing New Strut/Spring Combo

Okay, new question. I just pulled off the right rear and there was a bump stop in there of some kind. Pinkish in color is is totally dried out and flaky. Question: Do I need to go trying to find a replacement for this or just complete the install. The fronts didn't have bump stops and this deteriorated piece was maybe a 1/8" thick.
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Re: Degree of Difficulty: Installing New Strut/Spring Combo

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Okay, new question. I just pulled off the right rear and there was a bump stop in there of some kind. Pinkish in color is is totally dried out and flaky. Question: Do I need to go trying to find a replacement for this or just complete the install. The fronts didn't have bump stops and this deteriorated piece was maybe a 1/8" thick.
If you don't want to buy new shocks anytime soon, then yes, you need them.
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