Sunday, January 25, 2009

Frustrations with Springs

Okay, I admit it. I'm an obsessed control freak. That said, let's move on...

The drooping front suspension on the Civic is really getting me down (no pun intended) and I'm getting anxious with the coil-over kit sitting in my living room. So, I spent an hour and a half watching you-tube videos last night to see if I could install the coil-overs myself.

My biggest frustration is that I can't find a spring compressor that will work with the springs on the Civic. The space between the coils is just too small to fit a standard spring compressor in.

Remember this beast from several months ago? The hooks are too thick to fit between the coils, so it's been sitting in my garage.

I even ran out to Sears and spent $54 on a smaller pair of compressors. These are still too thick, so I returned them for a (fortunately) full refund.

In the end, I'm going to take a calculated risk and end up possibly damaging a bunch of stuff. Sounds like fun, huh? In short, I'm going to remove the springs and install the coil-overs without a spring compressor.

Here goes...

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