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jonas 04-27-2002 10:35 PM

HELP Dinan Suspension and Exhaust
 
I am so confused that I not even know where to start, I got my Dinan stage II suspension this week and I went to install today, before I did that I went to talk to a friend with mechanic inclinations as I am trying to do this as a hobby and I already installed the CAI and brake pads, which I never had done in my life until a few months ago. Now it comes my questioning after you guys knowing that I am close to what it can be called mechanic illiterate.

1. I went today to Pep Boys and I got a torque wrench, and some spring compressors, my question is do I need an Impact wrench to work on the suspension of our cars? My friend told me that I would need that to unbolt the "Jesus" nut that goes in the top of front shock, otherwise the shock would run together with the nut itself and would never get off, as he said that I need all the torque at once to pull that nut out of the top of the shock. Does it makes any sense to you guys? The tool cost 79.00 and I don't think that I will be making too many suspension inroads after this one.

2. Does anyone know a good DIY on the Dinan suspension, their instructions are good but not as detailed as I would need as an enthusiast mechanic wannabe.

3. I saw Vinnimac tool to cut the exhaust pipe, and I have a few questions, do I only clamp the Dinan exhaust on the cutted pipe? Do I need to have a gasket or something like that in order for it not to leak? If I am going back to stock how do I do that? And last what is Vinnimac's tool to cut the pipe, can I use a saw to do it?

I know that is a lot of questions, but I am really f@*#&up here with this thing that I decided to do not knowing the entire game plan.

Thanks in advance!

jonas 04-28-2002 07:39 AM

Re: HELP Dinan Suspension and Exhaust
 
Quote:

Originally posted by jonas
I am so confused that I not even know where to start, I got my Dinan stage II suspension this week and I went to install today, before I did that I went to talk to a friend with mechanic inclinations as I am trying to do this as a hobby and I already installed the CAI and brake pads, which I never had done in my life until a few months ago. Now it comes my questioning after you guys knowing that I am close to what it can be called mechanic illiterate.

1. I went today to Pep Boys and I got a torque wrench, and some spring compressors, my question is do I need an Impact wrench to work on the suspension of our cars? My friend told me that I would need that to unbolt the "Jesus" nut that goes in the top of front shock, otherwise the shock would run together with the nut itself and would never get off, as he said that I need all the torque at once to pull that nut out of the top of the shock. Does it makes any sense to you guys? The tool cost 79.00 and I don't think that I will be making too many suspension inroads after this one.

2. Does anyone know a good DIY on the Dinan suspension, their instructions are good but not as detailed as I would need as an enthusiast mechanic wannabe.

3. I saw Vinnimac tool to cut the exhaust pipe, and I have a few questions, do I only clamp the Dinan exhaust on the cutted pipe? Do I need to have a gasket or something like that in order for it not to leak? If I am going back to stock how do I do that? And last what is Vinnimac's tool to cut the pipe, can I use a saw to do it?

I know that is a lot of questions, but I am really f@*#&up here with this thing that I decided to do not knowing the entire game plan.

Thanks in advance!

C'monn peeps no one knows anything?:confused:

valerie 04-28-2002 11:53 AM

sorry - wish I could help, but with the Dinan stuff I let the dealer do the installs - maybe try emailing Dave or Karl, I dont know about Stage II but they have done other types of suspension installs

good luck

jonas 04-28-2002 06:44 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by valerie
sorry - wish I could help, but with the Dinan stuff I let the dealer do the installs - maybe try emailing Dave or Karl, I dont know about Stage II but they have done other types of suspension installs

good luck

Thanks Val, I appreciate your support, I will wait and see if some folks can help me out, I am absolutely sure that Vinnimac will make his coments.

vinnymac 04-28-2002 10:24 PM

Jonas...
 
Let's see, where shall I begin...

1.) You shouldn't need an impact wrench to do your suspension. At most a breaker bar if the nut is on really tight, but I doubt you'll even need to got that far. Try this link for a suspension DIY...it is very well written: http://www.bimmermods.com/howto_e46coilovers.htm

2.) The tool I posted the pic of is a chain-style tailpipe cutter. I only used it because I didn't have access to a lift to get the car high enough to use a torch or saw. I'd recommend using an electric saw if you have the tools. That chain tail pipe cutter is a really bitch to use and takes forever! The Dinan exhaust should have clamps at the end of the pipes and just clamps right on to you exhaust pipes and gives a very good seal. Just make sure you measure correctly before you cut! If you want to put your stock pipes back on...just get a set of clamps and put it back on...not a big deal.

Let us know if you have any other questions. Good luck! :tongue:


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