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Old 09-06-2013, 09:10 AM   #1
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Hey guys,

I am dreading putting these springs on my car. I have Saleen Racecraft springs I am putting on my 2000 GT. I am not a suspension guy. I CAN do it, but I am dreading the front (back is easy).

I have seen walk throughs and videos, and a few you can do yourself and a few need a partner. I am leaning towards the unbolting of the strut fom the top, and dropping the spindle/ararm down..pictures look easy , but I worry about damage to the fender. (especially without the partner.

I was thinking of actually going the same way - except to unbolt the strut from the spindle and lower that way.

Does anyone have better advice, walk throughs etc.


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Old 09-07-2013, 05:39 PM   #2
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I installed FRPP B springs on my '00 GT myself. As you know the rears are so easy they almost install themselves. However, I had to use a spring compressor in order to get the front OEM spring out as well as the new spring going back in. Even though it is shorter, I still had to use a spring compressor. The method I did was drop the strut through the tower, just like you're describing. There really is no magic solution. Outside the of paying real close attention to your brake lines, the process is straightforward. Rent (for free from Autozon) a spring compressor if you are doing it alone. You will thank me later. SOme peope don't need them, but I did. And I allowed for tons of room for the suspension to hang. Now if you have something even shorter than a B spring, like an Eibach, then you might not have any issues with the install portion.

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Old 09-08-2013, 09:11 AM   #3
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Where are you located? I'm on my phone so it may say but I can't see... I can install springs in these cars in my sleep if you were close that would be convenient

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Thanks Tim..do I need the spring compressor that goes through the center of the spring or the other one. Theyare saleen racecraft(I have seen alot that states they are basically eibach) I am really more worried about getting everything lined back up at the strut mount/caster/camber plate) again..never done it.
I amprobably overthinking it though..lol

And David..Iam in okc,, probablly a little to far...thanks though!
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You can make alignment marks on the strut tower with a sharpie to get it in the ball park. However, you're going to need an alignment afterward anyway. Therefore, I wouldn't worry to much about getting it lined up yourself. I allowed a couple of days for the springs to settle, then got an alignment at NTB. No problems.

The rental spring compressor I used had a block that compressed it from the outside of the spring.

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Good luck, I watched, and kind of helped, Tim install the springs and remember that the front were a bitch, but he got them to work.
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thanks..Tim..did you need any help or did you just do with an audience? And did you just take strut off or did you do this


http://www.mustangworld.com/ourpics/...edaspring1.htm


It looks so damn easy in this..I am just worried about the fender thats why I was wondering if just taking strut loose from the knuckle and leaving the strut connected to the tower and dropping if it would work.
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I typically remove the strut at the top and pull it out next to the fender. If your springs are any shorter than the frpp springs you won't need a spring compressor at all.

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thanks guys ..sorry to be a pain.. engine and all that i can do..front suspension on my own car scares the $%#$ out of me since I have never done it.//lol
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no...unfortunately things came up this weekend, so...going to try and work it this coming weekend.. will post before and after pics..
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