Coilover install on 2002 sedan
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    Registered User airsofter69's Avatar
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    Coilover install on 2002 sedan

    Ok im getting a set of Apex racing series coilovers and i wanna know how to install them. ive read all the past install posts but they are for a wagon. i dont know how to take my rear seats out so im a lil skeptical about that. Just let me know if anyone has a write up. Otherwise i guess ill make a good one when i do mine.
    2002 black wrx BuGeYe
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    samething minus the rear strut bar
    New England F4
    Syms Racing Team
    13.3 @ 101.43

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    Registered User WMAWRX's Avatar
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    Greenwich, CT
    A few install notes:

    An impact wrench is a very nice thing to have when breaking the lower strut bolts, they're torqued on tighter than you could imagine. If you don't have access to an impact, a 3 foot breaker bar/cheater bar combo should work. Use a 12pt 19mm impact socket so you don't strip the bolt head/break the socket. If things get really stubborn (I had trouble w/the lower pass side rear), heat the nut with a benz-o-matic torch for a few seconds and it'll reluctantly come off.

    Conversely, be very gentle with the strut top (camber plate) bolts. These guys are only torqued to 12 ft/lbs and if you are too eager, you'll shear them clean off. Use a torque wrench and get it right the first time.

    be sure to jack up BOTH sides of the car at the same time and do the install Front and Rear, not side to side. Remove both stock struts first before re-installing the coilovers. If you do not do it this way, the OE strut can shred the CV boot and it can be extremely difficult to align the new struts.

    If your rear dampening adjustment is located on the top of the strut, leave off the metal covers in the rear so you can access the adjusments without having to unbolt the strut.

    Get your ride height and aligment set professionally as soon as possible after installation. Use a good shop that has corner-balancing scales and has done race-alignments before; it makes a 100% difference in how your new coilovers will perform. (you could have the best in the world, but setup wrong they could perform worse than stock!)

    Finally, take your time, and bring beer for when you need fuel to operate the breaker bar.
    New England F4

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    VF22/FMIC/UTEC/Pinks/ACT/STi RA's/Apex'i N1 Type-V's - Tuned at XXTuning, 270 WHP/ 270 TQ @ 18.5psi. 12.697@ 108.95

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