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Old 05-13-14, 08:58 PM   #31
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going to attempt this in the next two days, I finally got my springs in.

I've never had to use an arm puller for an install. Is this needed or is there something else you can use instead? Do auto part stores rent arm pullers like they do spring compressors?
Not sure if they rent them out but I bought mine for about $15. Like Jeff noted, the susp parts are aluminum...didn't want to risk damaging them.
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Not sure if they rent them out but I bought mine for about $15. Like Jeff noted, the susp parts are aluminum...didn't want to risk damaging them.
That's not bad, which store did you find it at? Thanks
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That's not bad, which store did you find it at? Thanks
Autozone but pretty sure any major chain will have them...Amazon even.
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going to attempt this in the next two days, I finally got my springs in.

I've never had to use an arm puller for an install. Is this needed or is there something else you can use instead? Do auto part stores rent arm pullers like they do spring compressors?
No need for a control arm puller. All you have to do is tap on the metal that attached to the control arm (the part that runs vertical) with a hammer and the vibration will loosen it. when loosening the bolt, make sure you leave the bolt on with a little thread left so when the control arm is loose, it will catch itself. Then you can loosen the bolt to disconnect the control arm. Easy and less energy at work... Good Luck
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Thanks guys... for those that have done this install... What was the most difficult part. I've done a few on basic civics and mustangs but I'm just worried about starting it, hitting a snag and not having a car for a day, haha.
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This guide can be used for 3IS and maybe RC when it comes out since suspension setups are similar. Would also help to have torque values for these bolts.
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Thanks guys... for those that have done this install... What was the most difficult part. I've done a few on basic civics and mustangs but I'm just worried about starting it, hitting a snag and not having a car for a day, haha.
For me it was about having the right tools (especially an impact wrench) but there were two PITA:
For the fronts, it was definitely compressing the springs so make sure you have good spring compressors, and a good impact wrench. Also, make sure you note the position of the top cap before you remove stock spring. Use the markings on top of tower as a reference to ensure it goes on how it came off else it won't line up w/LCA.
As for the rears, aligning the bolts in the lower control arm was a pain so make sure you have a long screwdriver to help line it up (rubber mallet comes in handy here). Have fun, and look forward to seeing the final results.
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FYI... AWD front suspension is completely different haha.
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This will come in handy when I install my J5usa coilovers w/AVS support. Let's see how well it performs. Thanks Jeff!
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This will come in handy when I install my J5usa coilovers w/AVS support. Let's see how well it performs. Thanks Jeff!
Good to know they're available. Look forward to your review. Potential upgrade for me if/when someone produces a RCA fitment.
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Good to know they're available. Look forward to your review. Potential upgrade for me if/when someone produces a RCA fitment.
I'm also in the market for RCA for the front and rear. Looking for about 1" drop from RCA. That way, I won't have to deal with alignment and also reduce bump steer.
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Hi Jeff,
Thanks for the DIY post for the lowering of tanabe springs..I have a 2014 gs350 rwd fsport.. What do you thing is a good estimate of hours this job would take by a shop...First wheel shop quoted me 2.5 hours...Second general auto care place looked up lowering springs in the system and had it quoted at 4-5 hours but guy is a friend and will only charge the time it takes...I am also throwing on new 20" wheels at same time...Do the tanabe's need time to settle in or should i have the alignment done right away? both shops weren't ego maniacs atleast and open to me bringing in your DIY guide, knowing more info is always better ...
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Hi Jeff,
Thanks for the DIY post for the lowering of tanabe springs..I have a 2014 gs350 rwd fsport.. What do you thing is a good estimate of hours this job would take by a shop...First wheel shop quoted me 2.5 hours...Second general auto care place looked up lowering springs in the system and had it quoted at 4-5 hours but guy is a friend and will only charge the time it takes...I am also throwing on new 20" wheels at same time...Do the tanabe's need time to settle in or should i have the alignment done right away? both shops weren't ego maniacs atleast and open to me bringing in your DIY guide, knowing more info is always better ...
thanks
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Depends on the shop's confidence. My shop quoted $250 for spring install which equates to 2.5-3 hours if shop rates are ~$100/hr. Drive the car for a week or two to let them springs settle and then get an alignment. Then take pics and share!
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FYI... AWD front suspension is completely different haha.
I got my RSR super downs coming for my AWD what is the difference with the install?
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It usually takes me about 2-3 hours to do the install with one guy on the job. If I have 2 people on the job and split the work load, then it can be done in about 1-1.5 hours. Just depends on how busy everyone is around the shop.

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