• BC Racing coilovers with 6kg springs (front) and 8 kg springs (rear). The additional set on the left are 4 kg -- just in case.
  • Beginning with the rear...
  • Start by disconnecting the brake line on the left side. Grab a 12mm wrench and go to town.
  • Disconnected and moved aside.
  • Remove the bolt connecting the rear sway bar. 14mm socket and wrench required.
  • Grab your shop monkey and a 19mm wrench and socket to remove the two spindel bolts.
  • Pull the brake assembly down and out. Then unscrew the three bolts (14mm) from the top of the strut and remove the tired suspension.
  • Old and new, side-by-side. Remove the swaybar end links from the stock strut and...
  • ... install onto the coilover.
  • Install the new coilover, beginning with the three bolts at the top of the strut (14mm).
  • You'll need to jack up the control arm to line up the spindel holes so you can insert the bolts.
  • With a good bit of force, jiggling and prayers, the bolts should go though with minimal fuss. Tighten them up with a 19mm socket and wrench.
  • Reinstall the endlinks to the sway bar (14mm).
  • Everything looks good so far, the only rub is getting the brake line bracket to fit flush.
  • Unfortunately, no matter how much cajoling, we couldn't get rid of the gap. Bending it wouldn't work and we were averse to putting stack of bolts in there because of the angle.
  • Solution: zip ties. It's not perfect, but we'll be fitting stainless steel lines later, so we're less than worried. On to the fronts...
  • Ready for removal.
  • Again, we removed the brake line and ABS line. The brake line is attached by a 10 mm bolt, while the ABS line can be removed with an allen. The two lower spindle bolts were removed (19mm), along with the three 14mm nuts holding the strut in up top.
  • The old unit removed. You can see the ABS line on the left and the brake line on the right.
  • Awaiting insertion.
  • New vs. Old. No contest which is prettier, but will it stick better?
  • Inserted the strut and tightened down the three, 14mm bolts.
  • Line the spindle up with the new coilover setup.
  • Then jack it up to reinstall the spindle bolts (19 mm). Putting the bolts in proved a bit more difficult than in the rear, as the holes weren't drilled exactly to spec. No need to grind, just a little bit of wiggling and brute force was enough to get them into their new home. We reinstalled the brake lines (no issues) and the ABS line. Everything was torqued down to spec and so began the hemming and hawing over ride height.
  • Stock ride height.
  • Dropped 1-1/4 inches in the front and 1-1/8 inch in the rear.

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