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Old 06-25-2010, 09:15 AM   #1
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Strut rod/compressed spring clearance, want to be sure

I've done several searches in every permutation I can think of. Found a few leads that seem to say this is normal, but I just want to be sure.

I took my struts/springs/top hats to an indy shop down the street to have them compressed and assembled so I can take out the old assemblies and just put in the new without fussing with compressing/changing etc. I was replacing 90% of the assemblies anyway.

They're having a hell of a time getting the springs on the struts as the strut rod is short. Have others run into this? OEM sport struts and springs. Do they just need to really fully compress the springs to get the assembly together? They do have a wall mounted press. This is really starting to p*** me off as I need these for tomorrow. It should have been a 20 minute job with a real press, that was the reason I went this way with it.

Please, any input would be appreciated.
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Old 06-25-2010, 11:51 AM   #2
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Old 10-18-2010, 10:36 AM   #3
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Compressing spring for front strut

Any word on this? in looking at the parts I was sent in my h&r touring cupkit, its seems near impossible to get the strut rod to clear the spring even if the spring was FULLY compressed! Did your guy figure this out? I was thinking I was sent the wrong parts, but not the case. I wish someone had pics of a full install of one of these, but having a hard time finding anything with a search.

Thanks much,
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Old 10-18-2010, 12:26 PM   #4
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I recently purchased an H&R cup kit myself and found the same issue. The fix is that you need to use a spring compressor that is made for lowering springs. That is the only way. I compressor for regular springs does not apply enough pressure to get lowering/sport springs mounted on the strut. That is the way I was able to get them on. Hope this helped...
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Old 10-18-2010, 12:33 PM   #5
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Recently did mine.

Took it to a local shop with a wall mounted press, and yes it was a b**ch. Just compress the hell out of it.
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