Filed Under (Mazda) by admin on 16-06-2011
Suggested Tools: Floor Jack Jack Stands (2) Sockets: 12mm, 14mm, 15mm Socket Extensions Spring Compressor Installation Steps – FRONT SPRINGS 1. Jack the front of the car up, and support with the two jack stands. 2. Remove both front wheels from the vehicle. 3. Using a 15mm socket, remove the bolt from the lower tie arm: 4. Using a 12mm socket, remove the bolt holding the brake line in place: 5. Using a 15mm socket, remove the bolt from the lower strut clamp. 6. Using a 14mm socket, remove the bolt from the lower front sway bar linkage. 7. Support the bottom of the axle so the strut does not fall down during the next step. 8. Remove the 3 14mm strut mount bolts from the top of the strut tower, under the hood. 9. The strut/spring combo can now be removed from the vehicle. Use the spring compressor to allow the removal of the stock spring from around the strut. You will want to space the spring compressor at least 3 coils between the upper and lower “hooks” of the compressor to make sure you compress the spring enough. 10. Safely remove the compressed spring from around the stock strut and uncompress the spring slowly and evenly. Repeat steps 3-10 on the other side of the car. Installation of Aftermarket Springs 11. Compress the new spring and place over the stock strut. 12. Install the stock strut/spring “Cap” and make sure to line up one of the upper boltholes with the “bracket/clamp” plate on the bottom of the strut. This is key, as the strut will not reinstall if not done properly! a. Torque the nut onto the center strut bolt as much as possible, using a pair of pliers to hold the center post still and a wrench to turn the nut. If you don’t hold the center post still, it will spin with the nut as you get closer to the bottom. You should have 2-3 threads showing if you have tightened down all the way. b. Slowly uncompress the spring and make sure everything remains lined up, including the bottom of the spring. 13. Set the wishbone on the axle. 14. Insert the strut into the car then secure the top (3), 14mm bolts through the top of the strut tower. 15. Insert the bottom of the strut into the wishbone making sure the bottom of the strut lines up properly.
Filed Under (Honda) by admin on 25-12-2010
Special Tools Required Strut spring compressor, Branick MST-580A or Model 7200, or equivalent, commercially available Removal 1. Raise the front of the vehicle, and support it with safety stands in the proper locations. Remove the front wheels. 2. Remove the cotter pin (A) from the tie-rod end ball joint, and remove the nut (B). 3. Disconnect the tie-rod end from the steering arm on the damper using the special tool. 4. Remove the bolts (A), and remove the wheel sensor harness bracket (B) and brake hose bracket (C) from the damper. Do not disconnect the wheel sensor connector. 5. Remove the damper pinch bolts (A) while holding the nuts (B). 6. Remove the flange nuts (A) from the top of the damper. 7. Lower the lower arm, and remove the damper assembly (B). Disassembly/Inspection 1. Compress the damper spring with a commercially available strut spring compressor (A) according to the manufacturer’s instructions, then remove the self-locking nut (B) while holding the damper shaft (C) with a hex wrench (D). Do not compress the spring more than necessary to remove the nut. 2. Release the pressure from the strut spring compressor, then disassemble the damper as shown in the Exploded View.
Filed Under (Mitsubishi) by admin on 20-12-2010
Note: • It is recommended that this coilover kit product be installed by a trained technician/professional. • For factory strut removal instructions and diagrams, please refer to the factory service manual, or equivalent. Spring height adjustment: This coilover kit is designed to allow both race-ride and street-ride heights. It is not recommended to run race-ride height for normal street driving. This will result in more tire wear due to the excessive negative camber, which creates more stress on the wheel hubs and ball joints. With the vehicle jacked up and secured on jack stands, raise (clockwise) or lower (counter clockwise) the aluminum perches with the supplied spanner wrenches to the desired height. Depending on which way turned, securely tighten the other perch against it. Lower the vehicle to check ride height. This processed may need to be repeated until the desired ride height is achieved. Camber and toe settings will change depending on the height adjustments. A wheel alignment is recommended after complete installation. Front assembly First Step • Remove strut assembly from vehicle and disassemble. (CAUTION: For your safety use a spring compressor to disassemble strut assembly) Factory Strut Cap Carefully remove factory strut cap. Note: For a cleaner look and increased adjustability you can cut down the lower spring perch to a size slightly larger than the diameter of the coilover sleeve. Cut very cautiously! DO NOT CUT INTO SHOCK! Coilover Sleeve Install coilover sleeve with the non-threaded (bottom) portion over strut. Factory Strut Cap Reinstall factory strut cap Install Skunk2 coilover spring (Part #0500-250-008) Cone Shaped Top Hat Install coilover spring retainer (Aluminum, cone shaped top hat). Aluminum Bushing Install aluminum bushing (Included in kit O.D.15.2mm, I.D. 31mm, TH 13mm). Reinstall upper strut tower mount and torque to factory specs. Reinstall completed assembly in car and torque to factory specs.
Filed Under (Dodge) by admin on 27-05-2010
Removing Shock Absorber Attachment To Knuckle 8. Remove the shock absorber from the rear knuckle first when removing the shock absorber from vehicle by pushing down on the rear suspension. 9. Move shock assembly downward and tilt top of shock outward, then remove shock assembly from vehicle through top of wheel opening. DISASSEMBLY – SHOCK ASSEMBLY For the disassembly and assembly of the shock assembly, use strut spring compressor Pentastar Service Equipment (PSE) tool W-7200, or the equivalent, to compress the coil spring. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions closely.
Filed Under (Subaru) by admin on 26-04-2010
Exploded View Of Rear Suspension Assembly.1. Remove rear seat cushion and backrest. 2. Raise and support vehicle. 3. Remove rear wheels. 4. Disconnect brake hose from brake caliper. 5. Remove lower and upper strut mount retaining bolts, then the strut assembly. 6. Mount strut assembly in a suitable spring compressor. Ensure projections on compressor are seated on inner diameter of spring. 7. Compress spring until tension is relieved from spring seats. 8. Remove strut rod self-locking nut using a suitable socket wrench and spanner wrench tool No. 926510000 or equivalent. 9. Remove upper strut mount. 10. Slowly release spring tension, then remove coil spring, dust cover and helper from strut body. 11. Reverse procedure to install, noting the following: a. Mount coil spring with flat face toward lower spring seat. b. Use caution not to scratch piston rod. c. Install strut rod with new locking nut.
d. Refer to Figs. 7 and 8 for torque values. e. Bleed brake hydraulic system. Pneumatic Suspension