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Old 07-27-2012, 03:12 PM   #1
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FRPP springs install. Which side up?

Hey guys. I'm about to install my FRPP springs and have a question, mostly for the rear. How can I tell I'm installing the springs in the right way and not upside down?

Also does anyone have instructions on how to assemble the front spring onto the strut?

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The front is easy:

Bump stop, then the boot for it,

Then the spring, Spring plate, then the bearing sits on top of the plate, and then you put the nut on, while the spring is compressed with a spring compressor.

On the rear, pay attention to what the ones in there now look like for top and bottom, it's been a while since I did mine, so anyone feel free to jump in and add more.
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For the rear, the coils are closer together on the top of the spring

For the front, you need to use spring compressors to compress the spring enough to fit all the components onto the shock.

The install order is: "strut, spring, metal cup, strut bearing, cup with 3 bolts, then big bolt" -from the 2008 FRPP specific thread

I remember it being slightly difficult and the most time consuming part of it, because the spring doesn't sit flat on the strut mount, it's angled and therefore the top of the strut is pointed close to 1 side of the spring. You have to set the spring compressors so that you have enough shrinkage on the spring but also so it doesn't interfer with anything like the metal cup/ hat of the assembly.
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Don't forget about the bump stop going onto the struts shaft first!

I stupidly made that mistake the first time, luckily I noticed before I put the car down.
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That for the help guys. On average what should I torque all the bolts down too?
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I couldn't find the document online I was looking for, most bolts are 35-40 ft.lbs. The large bolt holding the shock in to the control arm is 85 ft.lbs. (with the welded bolt on one side)

This is straight from memory...hopefully someone chimes in with more accurate details
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I couldn't find the document online I was looking for, most bolts are 35-40 ft.lbs. The large bolt holding the shock in to the control arm is 85 ft.lbs. (with the welded bolt on one side)

This is straight from memory...hopefully someone chimes in with more accurate details
That does sound about right. Thanks very much!
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Also to let you know, when you assemble the front struts, you will notice the nut will not hit the thread lock.

From what people say, you do not need to do anything, it will not come un-done, just tighten it to about 65ft-lb's.

But I had pops take it to work, and shave the bottom of the nut so that it would, little tricky though, because you need a CNC machine that will spray water on it, so that the heat does not weaken the nut. It should not be done with a grinder or something that will heat the nut up.

Hope this all help man.
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Thanks! That would of deffinetly stopped me in my tracks!
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Got the aisle soon kit today. It does make a difference which strut goes on the left as which goes on the right is that right? How about Spings?
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