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Krunk Fu
02-23-2008, 01:53 PM
Hey guys,
So i finally took the time to put in my new Billy HD's and my lesjofer springs. Installation went alot smoother than i thought it would. The difference in handling is night and day, almost all the body roll was eliminated and turning is much flater. It lowered my car more than i expected and looks awesome, heres some pictures:-D
http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u21/bgingerelli/026.jpg
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CAPT_BLOTTO
02-23-2008, 01:56 PM
i wish i had a lift

norcal505
02-23-2008, 01:57 PM
nice!
and you live near me too!

Crazychopstick
02-23-2008, 03:21 PM
Dang, you took off the entire strut assembly?

Krunk Fu
02-23-2008, 04:07 PM
nice!
and you live near me too!
yeah man, what part of the bay are you from? Im from Pleasant Hill, ever been there?

Dang, you took off the entire strut assembly?
yes sir

suterman
02-23-2008, 04:21 PM
Dang, you took off the entire strut assembly?

Is there an easier way?





Just done the same thing on mine (only with more rust). I see you just let the gaiters on the front hang down, I was worried about dirt and moisture getting up there but once its are down on the ground they sit on the perches no?

What do you think?

bag3lbit3s
02-23-2008, 04:21 PM
Ha...when I put my springs in I was too lazy to take the whole strut assembly out...hell I didn't even remove the brake lines or caliper. It was a balancing act, lol.

Very nice, I love my bilsteins and EST springs. Just need some swaybars to go along with it. I like the 240 badge in the front on the grille, kinda works well. I've got mine laying around somewhere when I removed it from my tailgate, think I might try that out.

Does your rotor have a dent in the side? I don't remember mine having that little dent on the side.
http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u21/bgingerelli/031.jpg

Crazychopstick
02-23-2008, 04:28 PM
Is there an easier way?


I guess I was just lazy. I did all my suspension work on the car, didn't even think of removing the entire peice.

Krunk Fu
02-23-2008, 04:42 PM
I like the 240 badge in the front on the grille, kinda works well. I've got mine laying around somewhere when I removed it from my tailgate, think I might try that out.
yeah man, i deffinently think the emblem looks better in the grille. Make sure to use a really strong glue. I used a 2 part epoxy and it has held up pretty well, some loose points tho. Gorilla glue would probably be youre best bet

jfs356
02-23-2008, 04:48 PM
Your car has the right stance now, no doubt.

jamin01
02-23-2008, 04:52 PM
I guess I was just lazy. I did all my suspension work on the car, didn't even think of removing the entire peice.

Same here, I didn't see a need to remove the whole strut assembly. Just have to be careful of the brake lines when pushing the assembly down and mind you don't put too much strain on them.

I was very pleased with the results also, certainly makes a huges difference. I had the same set up as you. How is the under axle pipe treating you now that the car is lower?

suterman
02-23-2008, 06:16 PM
I guess I was just lazy. I did all my suspension work on the car, didn't even think of removing the entire peice.

I suppose, When I did mine I took them off and took the whole thing to a bloke up the road, he has a big vice mounted strut compressor and did them in a flash plus getting the top nut off with a decent sized impact wrench for a few quid, I cant find the right spanner for the nut and the springs are scary with diy/hobby compressors.

towerymt
02-23-2008, 06:31 PM
Unbolt upper strut mount, unbolt sway bar end link, unbolt brake line support on the chassis (behind the strut tube) and lower the whole thing. Once the strut mount is out from under the fender, put the spring compressors on and remove the top nut on the strut. Remove the gland nut and slide the strut insert out.

And don't put the lift so high. I'd rather do it with the brake rotor almost touching the ground. That way you can slide a tire under the assembly if you need to support it.

volvo940tuner
02-23-2008, 06:35 PM
hm nice job. looks like its sittin pretty well..they might get slightly lower after like a month when you let the springs settle.
this is also the same setup im going with on my 944, bilstein HDs and B&Gs!
did you get your springs from FCP?

Krunk Fu
02-23-2008, 06:38 PM
did you get your springs from FCP
yeah, FCP had a set up for auction on ebay. 188 bucks plus shipping:-D

VolvoPunch
02-23-2008, 06:44 PM
yeah, FCP had a set up for auction on ebay. 188 bucks plus shipping:-D

Wait so FCP was selling the HD's and lowering springs for $188? How much was shipping. BTW the car looks great, I love clean white cars.

Krunk Fu
02-23-2008, 06:51 PM
Wait so FCP was selling the HD's and lowering springs for $188? How much was shipping. BTW the car looks great, I love clean white cars.
Only the springs are 188+shipping. I got my HD's on ebay, which i wish i wouldnt have for around 408 shipped. If youre gunna buy shocks buy them from a reputable company cuz you never know if youre gunna get a bad shock, and some ppl have no return policys

kammer
02-23-2008, 09:45 PM
I got my HD's on ebay, which i wish i wouldnt have for around 408 shipped. If youre gunna buy shocks buy them from a reputable company cuz you never know if youre gunna get a bad shock, and some ppl have no return policys

+1. I've had problems like that before.

Jordan
02-23-2008, 10:21 PM
I keep the assembly in the car. Low low to the ground like Towery said. I use a jack stand for pressure when I tighten the strut nut because my springs are so chopped the strut just spins freely. The jack loads the springs and gives friction so I can tighten it up.

Crazychopstick
02-23-2008, 11:53 PM
Unbolt upper strut mount, unbolt sway bar end link, unbolt brake line support on the chassis (behind the strut tube) and lower the whole thing. Once the strut mount is out from under the fender, put the spring compressors on and remove the top nut on the strut. Remove the gland nut and slide the strut insert out.

And don't put the lift so high. I'd rather do it with the brake rotor almost touching the ground. That way you can slide a tire under the assembly if you need to support it.

That's almost exactly how I did it. I even used a Volvo spare to support the dangling strut.

Tenacious Todd
02-23-2008, 11:55 PM
Looks nice but I also NEVER take out the whole strut assembly . :-P

Krunk Fu
02-24-2008, 02:19 PM
+1. I've had problems like that before.
yeah, its the worst. Nothing like getting a brand new shock that turns out to be blown:rant:

norcal505
02-24-2008, 02:21 PM
yeah man, what part of the bay are you from? Im from Pleasant Hill, ever been there?

Hell yeah!
I'm in Contra Costa Alot!
My dad works in Concord, so I'm down there alot. Plus, he borrows my car sometimes, so you might se it parked by an office:lol:

edit: im also in San Ramon/Blackhawk/Danville Area Alot.

Krunk Fu
02-24-2008, 02:59 PM
Hell yeah!
I'm in Contra Costa Alot!
My dad works in Concord, so I'm down there alot. Plus, he borrows my car sometimes, so you might se it parked by an office:lol:

edit: im also in San Ramon/Blackhawk/Danville Area Alot.


Right on man, I work in Danville, im always cruising around there. We should get some local meets/events going

norcal505
02-24-2008, 03:18 PM
We should get some local meets/events going
Yes.