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Old 12-06-2013, 12:16 AM   #11
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You will need the spring hats is what they are called. I remember doing them on JPDavis's car (2007 SES) and mine did not have them.
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You will need the spring hats is what they are called. I remember doing them on JPDavis's car (2007 SES) and mine did not have them.
Sweet, thanks for the help man! Where could I get some and how much would they be? And there's a 2007 wagon at my local pullapart I could check but I've heard the wagons have different suspension. What exactly do these things look like? A rubber bushing type thing?
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I am actually trying to find you a picture right now, I swear I just screen shotted it less then 20 minutes ago!
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Found it:


Left spring is wrong, right spring is right. You need that metal piece on top of the spring bro! I was going to order mine off line, I am sure you could use a junk yard car, I even think the wagons front suspension is the same, the rear is different.
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I also believe that the new Mazda springs are like ours, mine were off of an 07 Mazda 3 sedan.
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I didn't even think to check the mazdas lol so the guy in that screenshot got new (top hats)? If that's what they're called lol and the only problem is I think the wagon only had one of the front struts lol but it may have been taken apart and put inside the car. Ill check again saturday. Whats the safest way to take the front apart? After removing it from the car of course.
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I think finding a Focus or Mazda spring hat will be best.

Its actually pretty easy.

Follow the shock down to where it connects with the knuckle. Take out that bolt.

Remove your sway bar endlinks, you will need an open wrench and a allen key.

Use your weight to push the lower control arm to pull the strut out of the "kunckle"

Pop your hood and un-bolt the three top bolts and your strut will come out.

NOW the SAFEST way to do this next part is with coil spring compressors although when we did Jame's car and mine we did not use one. If you don't SLOWLY unbolt the top bolt of the strut while stepping on the spring. It will pop, might be scary the first time, I know I was scared but if you do it slowly it will hardly jump or pop. Once that is off the spring will come off through the top of the strut. Replace spring and add the spring hat. Then add YOUR 08-11 strut top hat and use the spring compressors to compress the spring so you can re-bolt everything back. Once rebolted repeat the first steps.
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If you look at his picture, the thinner part is on top on the left, he flipped the thinner part to the bottom and added the spring hat then put it back together the same way. I know he ran it this way for awhile with no issues at all.
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Always use spring compressors when disassembling and reassembling the front struts.

Just because you did it without and didn't get hurt doesn't mean that someone else won't.
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Always use spring compressors when disassembling and reassembling the front struts.

Just because you did it without and didn't get hurt doesn't mean that someone else won't.
I DID recommend it, I've personally never used one. I'm still living.

BTW Minty - Autozone rents them for 20$ and they will be worth loaning out a Jackson because they make it so much easier and safer.
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