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Anyone here install shocks, struts and springs - February 15, 2013, 11:15 AM

So I am looking to upgrade my suspension on my car. Too bouncy. I have ordered my springs already. Chose H&R and looking to order my shocks & struts.

Trying to see if anyone here as done it? I believe I can do it and am planning to but may need some good old help or for the right price, might just get it done someone and save myself the hassle. Let me know if you know a place or know how to do them.

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February 15, 2013, 11:16 AM

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February 15, 2013, 11:45 AM

I helped do some on a Focus a few years ago. Not too hard. Air tools and pb blaster are your friend however. Or just an overly buff guy.


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February 15, 2013, 11:48 AM

Yea I dont think the difficulty is too bad. I am pretty good and taking things and putting back together. You basically stated my concern...I know I need spring compressor, jack stands and all that.


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February 15, 2013, 11:52 AM

I think autozone and advance rent out spring compressors. Or there is always Harbor Freight. A good torque wrench and haynes or factory service manual so you can torque everything back to spec. As far as jacks and jack stands. Buy the best you can afford and NEVER get under a car that is only on a jack. Dropping a car on yourself would be unfortunate.

edit: oh yea, don't forget to get an alignment after you change everything.


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Yea, got the alignment already set up. Still under 1 year warranty alignment from Tire Plus in Chantilly. Should have everything together and ready hopefully by next weekend. New tires get delivered Monday. Going on a set of 19x8.5 35 offset BBS Lemans Reps and should give me a flush look.


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Its only a 4 cylinder, but its my 4 cylinder. Can still look nice and be a everyday driver A to B car.

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February 15, 2013, 12:40 PM

You can do it yourself.

I did full suspension on mine this past year on blocks in my driveway. Struts, shocks, springs, swaybar bushings, CV joints, control arms, etc.

You will have to have someone do the springs or get the compressor like above. And DO NOT get the cheapie at home compressor. I'd pay to have someone with a proper wall-mounted unit do it. Springs can seriously fack your up if the cheapie fails.

Tutorial : How To Install Lowering Springs - Hyundai Forums : Hyundai Forum <---will help you

The rear shocks were easy.

My clutch was a motherfuggin PITA job from hell however, but you got it easy with just the suspension.
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Your not trying to hellaflush or bag it so its all good. I would judge you and give you -7 internetz if you wanted that ridiculous stance....

My last two cars were in that all show, no go category. I enjoyed it at the time and that is the only thing that matters. However, now that I have all go, fuck show....I don't think I can go back


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I helped do some on a Focus a few years ago. Not too hard. Air tools and pb blaster are your friend however. Or just an overly buff guy.
SVT Focus was quite the PITA compared to regular FoFo!

And +1 on the torque wrench. Borrow a good one. And get the manual for your car. Haynes/Chilton's is good. Don't lose bolts (label them in ziplock baggies).

Hyundai Sonata Shop Manual Service Repair Book Haynes Workshop Guide New Chilton | eBay

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February 15, 2013, 01:06 PM

Yea definitley think I want to do them myself for sure. I like knowing the ins and out(the engineering in me). This will allow me to know what is really going on. Planned on getting the book anyways. Been meaning to get it for years now.


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February 15, 2013, 02:33 PM

most places unless you are friends with them will not take springs off of your struts for "insurance reasons". the rentals from advance work just fine, ive used them many times it's just more work.

if i was gonna pay someone to swap them out i would take it to quality tire in woodbridge. other than that i would do it myself.
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February 15, 2013, 03:16 PM

if you lower your car more than 2 inches from factory ride hieght you will be buying tires every 2-3 months negative camber wear even if you get alignment unless you can find a chamber kit for your car to somewhat straighten your wheel up. replacing springs is very easy autozone rent out rentals for spring compressor for $99.00 and you get that money back when you return the tool and some basic tools should do the job. 30 mins per wheel.
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February 15, 2013, 03:21 PM

only lowering 1.3 rear and 1.5 front. And I have adjustable joints on the front to correct all camber issues if any arise.


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