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Does anyone know if you need a spring compressor to install lowering springs into an STi? ... or can I do it with just a hoist and a set of typical tools? (socket sets, etc)

I love working on my bikes but have never touched a car before. My buddy just bought a proper hoist and I'm thinking about giving it a go.
Thanks guys!
 

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a spring compressor would make the job a LOT easier
 

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damn, that's what I was afraid of.... so I have to press the springs into the macpherson strut housing? ...even with the wheels hanging free?

I assume that means the spring tension is not completely relieved when you drop all the weight off the vehicle and dangle the wheels in the air?
 

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damn, that's what I was afraid of.... so I have to press the springs into the macpherson strut housing? ...even with the wheels hanging free?

I assume that means the spring tension is not completely relieved when you drop all the weight off the vehicle and dangle the wheels in the air?
The wheels gotta come off, dude. Do you mean the axel hanging free? Also, I've never attempted a suspension job w/o a spring compressor. I'm pretty sure you need one on this car.
 

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yeahh... you need to completely take the wheels off.


no offense, but when it comes to something as important as suspension, i would not mess around with unchartered territory

either

a) get someone to come help you that has experience
b) take it to a tuner shop who can put them on.
 

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+1 on the experience. i did the springs on my 07 TR. spring compressor is not needed, if you have one i would use it to be safe but the spring does not have much tension on it at all
 

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When i installed my Cobb springs a few months ago it was pretty easy. With a little guidance on one strut from my friends dad, we did the rest by ourselves. We did need a compressor though. And you do need to take the wheels off or at least the one you are working on.
 

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+1 on the experience. i did the springs on my 07 TR. spring compressor is not needed, if you have one i would use it to be safe but the spring does not have much tension on it at all
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to (i guess) compress the spring, i basically used 2 "c clamps" (not sure exactly if that's what they where) and compressed it until i could put it on/take it off.
 

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Hey Pornstar... that's using your knoggin... if there is very little tension on the springs I can probably just c-clamp a couple rungs of the spring and shorten the spring 1/2 inch or so before I can unbolt the strut.....
 
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