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Old 04-03-2005, 10:46 PM   #1
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upgrade to SVT Wheels/Suspension

I'm looking at a good way to upgrade the ride and look of my '05 ZX3. Seems like a good way is to upgrade to the SVT wheels and SVT suspension kit. I like this option because it seems pretty reasonable and gives a good combination of handling and ride.

I haven't researched tires yet, but I know there is plenty here to read about them.

Does anyone have a feeling for how many hours of labor this would be? I don't have the tools or access to a garage, so I'll pretty much have to pay a mechanic. Just wondering how much the labor will cost. Unless someone in the SF Bay Area wants to help out :-)

Does this seem like a good upgrade? Any comments? It'll work right?


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Someone who knows one end of a wrench from another and has extra help should be able to do the fronts in two hours (one hour per side) and the rears in one hour (half hour per side). Someone (a mechanic) who has done it before and has access to a lift and air tools should be able to do the whole job in two hours or so (no refreshment breaks). If you have to do the whole job yourself, without an extra pair of hands, using a floor jack and jack stands, a refreshment break or two, and just plain taking your time four to five hours is generous. A focus is one of the easier cars to put springs and shocks on. No special tools are required, except a spring compressor which can be bought for less than 20.00 or are often loaned by many auto parts stores for free (deposit required). I recommend that after reading the install instructions posted online and on several of the vendors sites and you feel adventurous, take that install money you would pay someone else and use it to start your tool collection (a jack, two jack stands (four preferred) an a socket, wrench, plier, and screw driver set. At a bare bones minimum do the rears yourself.

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Old 04-04-2005, 10:28 AM   #3
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I replaced my whole passenger side suspension in 2 hrs once. The reason why it took so long is i didnt have the right tools to put on the strut. that is a B@#$h if u dont got the right tools. But u can do it pretty easy on ur own if ur car oriented. Just dont tighten the wheel bearing to much when u put everything back together. It kinda messes it up i did it twice like an ideot. But dont get the svt suspension get the eibach or h n r cup kit but the svt rims are bad a$% i think. I got my old svt rims for sale by the way.
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i don't know how much you are looking to spend but i spent a little over a grand at North Coast Perf (sponsor at this site) and got Eibach pro springs and svt wheels and tires. It took me and my friends close to 3 hours. Amazingly enough we did the read suspension in less then a half hour. But then again i have access to a nicely equipped garage.
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First, get the Chiltonís manual and burn in to keep warm, I know this time of year in the Bay area it can get cool in the afternoon. Using the instructions in it cost me over 3hrs I will never have back!

The front is easy and straight forward with a spring compressor, you don't need a compressor for the rears just remove the bolt on the lower control arm closest to the wheel, 17mm I think. And loosen or remove the rear sway bar. The rears WILL fall right out, but it might take just a little persuasion... now that will be $300, and I do take American Express.

See you can save money by doing it yourself.
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