Originally Posted by alanchad
Are the front springs harder to compress than the rears?
It seems that the fronts have to compress much more (appx 7 inches total) than the rear.
The shop that is doing mine did the rears, but are concerned that I have the wrong shocks or
springs for the front because of the extra compression required.
The shaft on the front shocks are much shorter than the rears.( By shaft I am referring to the
threaded rod that protrudes from the shock body.)
I ordered all new oem parts from Sewell using part numbers from the forum.
Any comments/suggestions/insight are appreciated.
The compression coil springs for the front is slightly thicker than those for the rear, as such, it requires more force to compress as compared to what’s needed for the rear. Typically, you need only to compress the spring enough to remove compression against the strut mount, say, 3-4 inches, until the bottom tip of the spring is lifted off of the seat on the strut.
One quick way to tell the difference between a front strut from a rear strut is by looking at the bottom mounting hole. The front strut has a straight through hole, while the rear one has a “step” hole (that is, the 2 ends of the hole are not the same size).