Rootus said:Chain the springs, especially the fronts, for the removal process.
Low-5.0 said:You can do that if you want to feel safe, but it's not required. By the time I got my springs to where they actually come out, there wasn't much pressure on them at all.
That is one of the most absurd comments I have ever heard in this forum, and I have seen some real doozies. Perhaps "you can wear a seatbelt if you want to feel safe, but it's not required" would be another nugget of sage advice?Low-5.0 said:You can do that if you want to feel safe, but it's not required.
The key phrase is "after I lowered the control arm". Of course at that point you're safe. But from the moment you start lowering the control arm, until the point when all tension has been removed from the spring, you are at risk. Something breaks as the load shifts, or whatever, and now the shit has hit the fan. The kid who died was probably in front of the wheel hub lowering the jack to release the tension on the control arm. I remember that his death was caused by trauma resulting from being hit in the chest by the spring.Low-5.0 said:Sorry, I hadn't heard any stories about the springs popping out on our cars. Mine had almost no pressure on them after I lowered the control arm.
kendoo130 said:Here's some advice for you-go pay somebody that knows what they're doing to install them for you. It can be a pain in the butt if you're not sure what you're doing-and like stated before you can hurt yourself.
1hot5.0 said:IMO a waste of money. Springs are very easy to install.
Any tips/advice have already been given here. You will really like the sportline springs though. BE sure to post pics when your done.
Low-5.0 said:The rear springs are cake! Jack up both sides of the rear and put jackstands under the car. Remove the sway bar(2 bolts on each side). Place the jack under the end of the lower control arm where it attatches to the rearend, unbolt the control arm and lower the jack. Install the new spring and bolt the control arm back on. Repeat for the other side.
The front is a little tricky. You can do it several ways. First, you will need to remove the brake caliper and rotor. Edit: Forgot about the front sway bar, that needs unbolted too. Then unbolt the strut from the spindle. If you are replacing the ball joints, use a ball joint separator(looks like a fork) to separate the spindle from the control arm. Make sure you have a jack under the control arm before doing this, then lower the jack after the spindle is separated. Remove spring, change ball joints, reinstall.
If you don't want to replace your ball joints, you can remove the two bolts holding the contol arm to the k-member. That way is kind of a pain to get lined back up when reinstalling the springs, but it will save your ball joints.
Pick up a Haynes/Chiltons manual if you dont have one. I used that as a guide when changing my springs.