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Old 02-21-2013, 03:51 PM   #1
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Eibach sportline & sways install complete 6 hrs

Ok all I just picked up the Eibach sportline set with front & rear sways. Should at my door any day, any suggestions on install ? tricks ..tips. I could change out the springs and struts in my VW in a couple hours.

Im sure I missed a how to in my search ..

The main question I have, Is it easier to mark all stock positions and dis assemble then install ? or is just easier to unbolt compress springs, remove install new springs on struts, compress and re install ? the rears look straight forward.

The sway bars I never installed a set .. so again any tricks or tips. Thanks in advance






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Old 02-21-2013, 09:20 PM   #2
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Are you going to change out the struts/shocks also? Is your '04 250 a 6.0L?
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:49 AM   #3
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Yup she is a 6.0 150k on the odo. I use it to haul my hang gliders and dirt bikes.

Looking for a good set today (strut/shock) ..suggestions?


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Old 02-21-2013, 10:59 PM   #4
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He wrote a "how to" on the sport line install, pic heavy.

The RSB is pretty straight forward once you get under the car.
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Blarson, lol he and I have been in communication. I had a couple tricks with my VW = more wrenching but made the job easier in the long run. I figured the sways would be pretty straight forward.

Im just on the fence about wrenching myself or paying $$$ local shops are all $500 plus

Includes install and alignment. labor rate in my area is about $110hr


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He wrote a "how to" on the sport line install, pic heavy.

The RSB is pretty straight forward once you get under the car.
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Blarson, lol he and I have been in communication. I had a couple tricks with my VW = more wrenching but made the job easier in the long run. I figured the sways would be pretty straight forward.

Im just on the fence about wrenching myself or paying $$$ local shops are all $500 plus

Includes install and alignment. labor rate in my area is about $110hr
Is that dealers or shops? It should only take 2hrs to install struts/springs.
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Old 03-01-2013, 10:18 PM   #7
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Ok, I just got this all done and need to write a little DIY with small video.

I installed springs front rear and sways front rear.

Started 1 pm done at 7 pm 6 hrs of wrenching.

Rears took me no lie 30 min for sway and springs.

Fronts about 5.5 hours.

This is not a job for a novice, putting in the front sway requires finesse and muscle. the sway bar comes out behind the steering pump and you must unbolt
the engine tray from the body. The front struts can be done with out any special tools, i have a video of what it should look like when you get ready to remove the strut.

Blarson did a lot of the front end work on his pic heavy thread so i will add mine with his after i get permission. Brad forgive me if you stated this in your thread ... but you need to be careful taking the struts apart the top mounting plate can come apart and send bearings all over ... I have video of that as well to save some one from a bad day.

stay tuned ... first impression good so far.

Louder road noise
A little stiffer
a lot less roll

it really does need a good set of dampers and shocks.... I sure hope some come to market soon.

I did leave the stock shocks and dampers on ... will need to upgrade in 30k miles for sure.
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Wow a video would have been a great service. I just did a prokit install with a friend today and it took us 8 freaking hrs. He's a wrench vet but knows older cars and I'm a novice at best.

The rears were quick and easy but the front struts were such a bitch. Had no idea about the barrings in the cap and nearly lost them. I probably decreased the life of the CV joints banging at the knuckle to get the strut off. There has to be a better way; how to the Ford techs do it? I know I'm missing something obvious. And to top it off, I scratched my paint.

I kept searching on here for installs but the only one that I found for the MK3 with pics, started with the struts already off. Everything is back on now and working fine but it feels as if I've awakened some premature gremlin waiting to strike. Sorry to vent.
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Wow a video would have been a great service. I just did a prokit install with a friend today and it took us 8 freaking hrs. He's a wrench vet but knows older cars and I'm a novice at best.

The rears were quick and easy but the front struts were such a bitch. Had no idea about the barrings in the cap and nearly lost them. I probably decreased the life of the CV joints banging at the knuckle to get the strut off. There has to be a better way; how to the Ford techs do it? I know I'm missing something obvious. And to top it off, I scratched my paint.

I kept searching on here for installs but the only one that I found for the MK3 with pics, started with the struts already off. Everything is back on now and working fine but it feels as if I've awakened some premature gremlin waiting to strike. Sorry to vent.
Sounds like me workin on my cars. My luck always seems to go 50/50. I like the saying,"if modifying cars were easy, everyone would do it".
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Wow a video would have been a great service. I just did a prokit install with a friend today and it took us 8 freaking hrs. He's a wrench vet but knows older cars and I'm a novice at best.

The rears were quick and easy but the front struts were such a bitch. Had no idea about the barrings in the cap and nearly lost them. I probably decreased the life of the CV joints banging at the knuckle to get the strut off. There has to be a better way; how to the Ford techs do it? I know I'm missing something obvious. And to top it off, I scratched my paint.>>>>Undue the sway bar link on the strut & the pinch bolt & pound on the top of the knuckle to loosen the strut from the knuckle. Or you could open up the pincer's on the knuckle w/ a prybar.<<<<

I kept searching on here for installs but the only one that I found for the MK3 with pics, started with the struts already off. Everything is back on now and working fine but it feels as if I've awakened some premature gremlin waiting to strike. Sorry to vent.
"Deeprecon1'' also replaced the front sway bar too. Dropping the cradle adds a little time.
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