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Old 07-12-2013, 12:29 PM   #521
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Got the fronts in this morning. I set it to...well, I let it 3/4" from all the way down. The rears are still set just a tad under stock height for now. Didn't want to readjust until everything had settled. I wasn't sure how far it would settle in the front. I'm guessing when all said and done, should be a little under 2" lower than stock, give or take. Obviously I can adjust from there. First pic is the 5-minute later picture I snapped quick, as a gauge to see how it goes from here. Right after the picture, I took it down the road and back to see if there was any clunking. No, but something seemed like it was vibrating/rubbing. Even though I didn't put my spacers on the front, I was sure I had about 5mm clearance on the inside anyway, but thought, maybe under driving, it's catching something. Came back, and realized I never tightened my lugs after dropping the car back to the ground. Oops.



My installation went as follows, for easiest order:

To Remove old:

- Place a jack under the balljoint, and unbolt the pinch bolt (18mm) at the bottom, and the end links (16mm stock).
- Loosen the top three of the mount (13mm), but don't remove yet.
- Slowly lower the jack, while wiggling the hub assembly, and it should shimmy out just fine as you lower away.
- Remove top three bolts, and remove strut assembly.

To Install: (after you have your completed assembly ready)

- Seat the bottom of the strut into the pinch assembly, line up the pin into the groove, and let it sit as far in as it can go.
- Install the new end link on the swaybar side first. (17mm on new parts)
- Slowly raise the jack back up, pushing the assembly up until lined up with the new end link, and install end link into the assembly. Be careful not to catch your strut mount on anything as you do.
- Continue raising the assembly, guiding the strut mount into the tower. I went up a little farther, letting the springs compress by a couple inches, just to make sure the bottom had fully seated.
- Tighten the pinch bolt at the bottom (18mm) and the three top mount nuts (13mm).

Done. That was the order I ended up doing the passenger side in, since I seemed to have to keep going back and forth on the drivers side between up, down, this, and that. So this order, turned out to be the simplest, and least amount of steps for me.

Only notes I can say, was that the new end links I rec'd are 17mm, whereas the stock ones coming out were 16mm, so I did have to make a quick run to the store for an open end 17 lol.

So far though, so good. Nothing out of the ordinary, and just about to head the 30 miles to work. Tomorrow is another couple hours of driving throughout the day, so sunday should be fun to see.

EDIT: Added the 2nd pic from work, a little clearer to see height on. Gonna give it the weekend, and probably drop it down a little more.
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Old 07-13-2013, 02:03 PM   #522
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Looks like its as high (or low >_>) as my car on stock sport suspension. Max out these coils and post up pictures, I'd love to see it.
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Old 07-14-2013, 06:24 PM   #523
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Yeah, it really hadn't settled in the front much yet. It's a little better now, but I can definitely tell the difference from where it was. Went back and looked at another picture I had before, and there's a definite change in the front. And the rears, I had set high already so that's not much different. So, I'm thinking about going out in a minute and tweaking, depending on how ambitious I feel after today lol. I'll post pictures when I do, tho.

(Putting off the adjustment til at least morning - Got my beater Cavalier back from my brother and had to spend the evening bleeding the brakes and topping off fluids in prep of dumping it on Craigslist)

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Old 07-14-2013, 10:31 PM   #524
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Old 07-15-2013, 10:48 AM   #525
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Heading outside in 5 mins to at least drop the fronts the rest of the way. Depending on how my jack plays, maybe the rears too lol. It hates my gravel driveway, and for some reason doesn't like to lift straight for the rears. Weird, I know, but...maybe I'll just take everything to work and do those there after I get out lol. We'll see! I'll snap some pics when I get the front lowered down further.

EDIT: Didn't get a chance to hit the rears, gotta head to work. But the fronts only take like 10 minutes, so here's a quick snap of it now. Again, remember that they've only been on the car a few days, so there's still more settling to be had. And not sure if it makes a difference compared to others, but I also started with brand new everything in the front, mounts, washers, added a strut bar, the works. So it might be a little stiffer than people that might have reused parts? I dunno, but here's how it sits now:
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:31 PM   #526
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How many of you guys are running these on your DD? Everyday, I'm one click away from ordering these.
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:32 PM   #527
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:07 PM   #528
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Yep, it's my DD as well. Granted, I've only got about 300 miles on mine so far, so Steven has pretty much all of us beat. Don't hesitate, you'll be glad you pull the trigger!
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Old 07-17-2013, 04:18 AM   #529
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:26 AM   #531
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Kris, do you suggest buying any reinforcement plates along with the kit?
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Steven, how many miles are on your coils?

Are there any pictures of these coils maxed out on 19's?
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Kris, do you suggest buying any reinforcement plates along with the kit?
I bought rear plates, and a strut bar with mine just as a precaution. Was going to do fronts too, just figured I'd hold off since I got the bar. But really, as inexpensive as they are for front/rears, there's almost no reason not to.
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In your sig, are you on 18's with the coils maxed out?
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Not required but it seems that most people like this upgrade.
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Front maxed out, back can go down about another inch, 19" wheels.
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I have a quick question for you guys, do you recommend upgrading my endlinks to impala ones? fth001 recommended I do but is there anyone that runs the endlinks that come with the kit? Thanks in advance
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I have a quick question for you guys, do you recommend upgrading my endlinks to impala ones? fth001 recommended I do but is there anyone that runs the endlinks that come with the kit? Thanks in advance
The kit already comes with the proper shorter end links, I dont see why you would ever need the impala ones.
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Yeah, I just used what came with the kit, figured that they've already been put together to operate together, so why take a chance on others.
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