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Ok, Just installed my some Koni's this weekend. This is my first attempt to do a DIY with pics so hopefully its helpful.
- It seems like a task to cut the struts and install but actually was quite simple.
- Also did the rears but lost patience with pictures. I will add an important note on the rears that my trial and error may help with.
-Sockets, extensions, wrenches. Primarily 12, 14, 19.
- Torque and impact wrench if you got one.
- Pipe Cutter (for the cleanest cut)
- Jack and Jack stands unless your awesome enough to have a lift.
- Nail Polish (thats right, works great but may piss off your wife)
- Spring compressor (can be rented at autozone, you pay for them and when you return them get a refund) that is their rental program.
After Jacking up the car and taking off the wheel, taking off the front strut starts with removing the 12mm brake line bracket, two 19mm brake disk arm bolts, and 14mm socket, and detaching the clips reference in the picture. I placed a jack under the brake disc, to keep that from falling straight down.
Now to get to the top end of the strut. First remove the front strut bolt access cover and then remove the 3 bolts and dust cover. I believe the 3 bolts are 14mm but dont recall.
After removing those items, the strut should be able to be removed from the car and the fun stuff begins.
When removing the spring from the strut, its important to mark the original locations of all parts being taken apart. *Warning- I use my wifes nail polish. Its hardens and doesnt wipe off but do this at your own risk. Sleeping on the couch sucks so an alternate can be used.
Use the spring compressors to compress the springs to be able to take off the top hat section of the strut. Caution should be taken when doing this step as they are under load and taking a spring to the face is never a good things. The use of a impact wrench makes this easy. Ive done it without when putting the lowering springs in and its wrenching for days.
To remove the top bolt, you will need an allen wrench and for me a pair or jenky pliers. I had nothing else that would accommodate the allen wrench. Once the bolt is removed, the springs can be removed.
The Konis drop into your stock struts and use them as a housing. This requires the strut to be cut. Instructions are included but you will have to measure the mark on the koni shock and mark that measurement on your stock strut.