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Old 05-02-2012, 06:24 AM   #31
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I recently replaced the stock ZX3 stuff (only 48k mi) with the SVT kit, it is much better in every way that I expected.
That is good to hear!
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Old 05-02-2012, 06:36 AM   #32
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Aha!

Well according to Dave here, the closer/tighter wound end should go DOWN - it is the softer end.
http://www.initialdave.com/cars/tech...onbasics05.htm

I would think we want the softer end down, and the stiffer end up... the spring responds easily to little bumps under the wheel, bigger bumps make the spring get progressively stiffer the bigger the bump.

Make sense?

Thanks all, I couldn't have done this without ya!

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Old 05-02-2012, 06:48 AM   #33
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Some fun pics:

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Old 05-02-2012, 09:45 AM   #34
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In reality it doesn't make a lot of difference. The softer end will always compress (be active) first regardless of its position. That said, I've always put the soft (tightly wound) end down as well. More importantly is that the spring is properly positioned (seated) in the spring seats and if that means reversing it, so be it.
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:51 AM   #35
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Cool, thanks Geezer!
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Old 05-04-2012, 11:03 AM   #36
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Old strut take down

Right front is complete, left front is almost complete.

Compressing the old RF strut was a pain in the ass - but I had to do it, I needed the top mount plate and the boot. I bought everything I thought I would need to replace the struts completely, but I missed the top spring seat plate and the boot - no big deal.

SO, last night I had a brilliant idea - wrap that old LF strut in a blanket, mash the blanket around one of the spring coils, and CUT that bitch with my trusty 4" angle grinder!

It worked perfectly - I was a little scared over how much tension was on that spring, but turned out it wasn't bad. It banged pretty good on the first cut, but I did 2 more cuts and there was no tension left anywhere.

The worst part was when I had to stomp out a smoldering blanket!


Tonight:
Put left-front back together, install new LCAs, shocks, bar, etc. in the rear, then take 'er for a spin!

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Old 05-11-2012, 03:49 PM   #37
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FINISHED!

I finished it on Friday the 4th, about 2230. I had it aligned on Monday the 7th.

I am still driving on my 15" steelies with winter tires, but it is awesome! It rides so smooth now, and feels like it handles sportier - like with a more powerful engine or something.

Next up: find a good deal on 16" or 17" wheels for summer tires.

Thanks all for your comments & advice!

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Old 05-22-2012, 04:06 AM   #38
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can anyone tell me how much of a drop the svt suspension gave their zts
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About a half-inch.
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Old 05-22-2012, 05:54 AM   #40
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That's what I thought other people keep saying it will give an inch and a half
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