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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Jul 5th, 03, 01:42 PM Thread Starter
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Going to install my new suspension and was looking for any tips or do's and dont do's.
Here's the list: hotchkis 2in drop springs, 1.5 drop leafs,sway bar,shocks, aluminum body mounts and frame conectors.
I'm looking for tips on the body mounts and front springs. ...thanks ahead of time guys.....jeoff.

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Well many are going to say to search the archives, there truely is a wealth of information there. I just got done rebuilding my whole front end with Eibach springs and Energy Suspension Body/Control/Bumper bushings all around. Although I had ripped everything apart to get it all powdercoated and install everything anew.
Probably now is the time to consider if your ball joints need replacing, or any tie rod ends.
Go to your auto part store and get a loaner Spring Compressor, remove your shocks, now install the spring compressor loosely on the old spring (about 1/2" from snug). With tire removed and a jack about 1/2" below the lower ball joint end of the control arm, loosen the lower ball joint nut to give about 1/4" room, now hit the side of the spindle where the lower ball joint enters the spindle, the compression of the spring and the hitting of the spindle should cause it to eventually pop and become loose. Now you can jack up the control arm a little to allow you to unthread the nut the rest of the way, at this point tighten the spring compressor to start compressing the spring, you don't need to compress all the way but enough to allow some movement of the spring by hand should be good enough. Unbolt the old sway bar from BOTH control arms.
Now lower the jack slowly and the lower control arm will come down, out of the spindle. During this procedure I normally stand to the side of the car or front of the car while lowering the jack just incase, even though that spring compressor should be able to handle it. Once you have lowered the control arm all the way down, you can pull the compressed spring out and loosen it to remove the compressor. Unbolt the sway bar the rest of the way and remove it. Slide in the new sway bar and bolt loosely the main supports of the sway bar, don't try to connect it to the control arms until the car is resting on its tires again and you are done with everything else. Compress the new spring and slide it back in place, making sure the top end of the spring seats in the upper groove (use a flashlight to check), then jack up the control arm, checking multiple times to make sure that spring seats correctly, you might need to turn it a little, as you jack it, to make sure it seats where you want it. If one spring is seated differently than the other it could affect ride height between the two sides.
As for the body bushings. Do one at a time. Use the jack and two 4x4 blocks of wood, fronts by the radiator are easiest (except you need to remove the battery tray), you then unbolt it, use the jack and 4x4 blocks of wood to jack the radiator support up enough to remove the old bushings and install new. Cowl body bushings you do the same, using the support next to the body bushing as a jack point. Rears are a little trickly especially if you have subframe connectors. I found what works is you place the jack under the subframe just in front of the bushing, jack it up enough to touch, unbolt the old bushing, lower the jack all the way down slowly, if you can remove the bushing, great, if not, start jacking up the rear of the car to provide more clearance. Once in, jack up the subframe to get it into pushing after installing the main bushing then bolt it back up.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old Jul 6th, 03, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks brian. I got my old leafs put today and redrilled the wholes for the larger hotchkis u-bolts but ran out of time today. I'll have the new leafs and rear shocks in tomorrow then move to front end. I'll print your reply out for a handy guide in the garage.... thanks again....jeoff

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