Spring Installation How To

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  1. cobalt123

    cobalt123 Platinum Member

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    Disclaimer: I cant take credit for the how-to, if its yours pm me will discuss it there.



    I used the #1 springs avalible on "Cobalt-Addiction" for $139.99. They claim a 1.25" read drop and a .75" front drop.

    Lets get to it!!!

    -Block the front wheels and jack up the rear of the car and. Support it with Jack-Stands.
    -SUPPORT (don't raise it up) the rear axel with the jack.
    - Remove the lower bolt holding the rear strut on. Thiss one...
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    -Lower the rear axel slowly
    -All you need to do to remove the rear springs is pull them out, they are NOT bolted in anywhere.
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    They will look like this... Assebled on the left, dissassembled on the right.
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    -Pull out the Bump Stops (cut if desired), and reinstall the bump stops on your new springs.
    - Re-install the assembled springs in your car and use the jack to rais it up and line up the lower strut bolt.
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    -Replace wheels, lower car, remove blocks under front wheels, and release E-brake (this is when you will see the full drop).
    -Here is a before and after of the rear wheel gap if you did it right...

    Now the front!!
    -Block the back wheels!!!!! & use E-brake.
    -Remove this bolt...
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    -Take out the 2 bolts holding the lower part of the front strut on...
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    -Have someone support the strut while you remove these bolts...
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    This is the assembly you should pull out. (Compared to new spring)
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    -Use Spring Compressors (avalible at any auto parts store) to compress the springs...
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    -Once they are compressed enough. remove this bolt on the top...
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    -Pull the top plates off...
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    -If you want to cut the bump stop (recomended), it is located in the dist cover. Just push it out and cut it...
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    -Put the Spring compressers on the new springs and put it all back together...
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    -Re-install everything!!!
    -Remove blocks from back wheels and E-brake.




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    I really like these and would recomend them to any one who wants a lower, daily driver. Big bumps suck at low speeds, but once you get on the freeway above 60mph it handles AWSOME, and I really think the ride is BETTER that stock. Corners REALLY sweet.

    Please feel free to PM me with any questions.:
     
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  2. Jhop16

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    awsome, i've been sceptical about getting lowering springs bcuz i have no idea how to do it, Now i'm beginning to think about it again with this writeup i can probably figure it out!!!...

    How much does the spring compressor cost??


    goood write up A++++!!!
     
  3. cobalt123

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    the spring compressors i picked up at pep boys for i think it was around 35-40 bucks (there fairly heavy)

    yeah you finish both rear wheel wells in 30 mins top, the PITB is the front struts

    i can help you if you have any complications
     
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    You have the same spring compressor I do. They work pretty well I have used mine like twenty times for my car and others. Good investment!
     
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    i did mine for the second time....today i broke my personal record...installed all the springs in exactly 30mins today..all by myself...yay for me.

    last time it was 2 of us when i worked on lilSS's car...and i did that one in about 20 mins..but it was 2 of us.

    I had the stock SS springs...and today i upgraded to some megan racing springs (prototypes) and they really leveled out the car nicely..i got about an 1.3" drop in the rear and about .6" in the front. car looks way better now...all level but i still have some wheel gap....its all good. cuz too low and im fucked in these street of SoCal
     
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    what does cutting the bump stop do?
     
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    since the springs are shorter you will hit the bump stop when the car "bounces", so we make them shorter to avoid this
     
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    I have my springs sitting in the house, been there for over a month i just haven't had time to put them on
     
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    This may help to(sportlines)
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    thanks, i have the ark gt-f but i believe that they are pretty much sportline imitations
     

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