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Old 03-20-2009, 03:36 PM   #1
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Tools needed for suspension upgrade?

I was wondering what tools are need to do the suspension switch

I also would know what size sockets are used also

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all the bolts use a 15mm, the top of the strurts take a 13mm.

if you have access to it a aircompressor with an impact hammer is a really good thing to have on hand. also rent a pair of spring compressors from auto zone if you dont have some already. and a set of allen wrenchs, and a pair of vise grips.

thats about it really it is pretty easy to do.
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ok.... thanks---
I undestand how the front comes out --- but what bolts do I need to take out for the back --Just the one on the trailing arm on the lower control or what

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or is there a good how to floating around
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google search svt suspension install. first link.
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all you need is a few wrenches/sockets, spring compressors, and allen wrenches. I did it all w/ basic hand tools, and it took me a few hours, but that was it!!!
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Be sure to soak those bolts with WD-40 or something to get them to remove easier, but then again, you're in Texas so I'm sure all those bolts are rust-free

BTW: I edited your title and put you in the Wheels, Tires, Brakes & Suspension forum.
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Lets not forget a torque wrench!! lol. Its not that bad. There are a couple things to watch for though.

-When putting the new strut/spring assembly back into the steering knuckle, thread the strut bottom clamp bolt through (but don't tighten) and then put the strut in the clamp. There is a tab on the backs of the strut that sits on top of this bolt. Putting the bolt through first makes sure the strut seats in the correct area. Just be sure to load the suspension (use a jack under the steering knuckle) before tightening this all the way. This ensures the tab is on top of the bolt and that the strut is seated correctly in the knuckle.

-When putting the rear springs in watch for this. The tops of the stock springs have a rubber isolator that is swapped over onto the aftermarket spring. This isolator has a slot in it that corrosponds with a tab on where the top of the spring seats into the bottom of the subframe. (hope this makes sense) Be sure to get this aligned.

-Be sure to loosen the top main strut nuts before removing them from the vehicle. Otherwise you better have some seriously strong hands to hold the strut stationary while loosening this nut. Its a locknut.

Just take your time, torque everything to spec, and you will be fine. Its really not that rough.
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A breaker bar might come in handy as well. When I did my suspension install the bolts in the rear were a pain to get loose.
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just look at my how to for when i did my s uspension i think, i dont rememer if i covered the tool requirements in it all lol
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