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    suspension parts install

    hello everyone,.. i neeed some tips and tricks to get some suspension parts done.. will appreciate the help.


    i have
    lower control arms single adj
    panhard bar single adj
    relocation brackets

    i have no clue how to put them on.. do i have to lift the car to adjust the parts?
    how do i know how tighten do they have to be?
    i have so much questios to ask.lol.

    hope some one can help..thanks


    also got springs and shocks to install

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    Are the relocation brackets "bolt-in" or "weld-in"? If they're bolt-in you should be able to install them with regular hand tools, along with the rest of the parts. Did they not come with instructions?

    You will be able to adjust the parts on the car.

    Rear springs and shocks will be easy to do...not even a 30 minute install. The fronts will be a little harder, and you may want to consider getting them professionally installed.

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    Relocation brackets are bolt in.

    For the rear shocks do I lift the car from the body or rear end?

    Didn't came with instructions.


    The front shocks/springs seems harder. Specially the drivers side.
    I heard about people saying one of the nuts spins and it doesn't come off. Which one Is that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98maro View Post
    Relocation brackets are bolt in.

    For the rear shocks do I lift the car from the body or rear end?

    Didn't came with instructions.


    The front shocks/springs seems harder. Specially the drivers side.
    I heard about people saying one of the nuts spins and it doesn't come off. Which one Is that?
    -I haven't installed relocation brackets yet, but I can't see them being too difficult, should just be bolting them on so they end up in line and directly under the factory LCA mount on the rear axle.
    -set all new pieces to about the same length as the stamped factory pieces so you have a good starting point, also a good time to put a layer of grease on all bushings.
    -then I'd go into the hatch pull back the carpet behind the back seats, pull up the 2 pieces of foam and unbolt the rear shocks from the top
    -to do all the rear suspension work you will need to lift the car by the body and I'd put a jack under the rearend to hold it's weight
    -once you disconnect/remove the old panhard and LCA you can let down on the jack a little to drop the rear and you should be able to pull out the springs and unbolt the lower shocks and then pull them out. I forget but you might need to disconnect the rear sway bar also.
    -reverse process to get it back together: bolt bottom of new shocks in, place new springs in, slowly jack up rearend to make sure everything is lining up, I wouldn't cut the shocks packing cable/tie until you are sure you have the nut started on top if you can
    -install new LCAs then panhard but don't tighten untill you have all parts in (if they are on car adjustable tighten everything down, if not you can leave snug untill you have them in their final adjusted locations) easier with 2 people as it's tough to push the rearend and line up bolt holes. I have also been known to use rachet straps to pull on the rearend and hold it in place while I start bolts
    -set the car back down, tighten shock top nuts, bounce car up and down on the suspension a couple times, take measurements: panhard adjusts right left of rearend, LCA adjust front to back of wheel in wheelwell
    -put car back up on jackstands make adjustments repeat, tighten everyting up when done.
    I'm sure I forgot something but hopefully you get the general idea.

    front spring and shocks are a little tougher, you'll need a spring compressor tool (a lot of auto parts stores rent them for free)
    http://www.ls1.com/forums/showthread...ock-on-4th-gen
    is a good read
    Last edited by TransAmX2; 07-28-2011 at 06:51 AM.

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    thansk so much.. now i know what ill be dealing with.. doesnt seem easy but not hard either..
    thanks again

    the problem is that idk how to adjust the parts. it comes with a nut but seems that is only to hold it once its adjusted.,
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    everything single adjustable... probably made a mystake with that

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    you shouldn't have to touch the swaybar. I'm gonna be doing that same job in the next few day (minus the shocks, did those already) except i'm lowering it. I lowered the front already and if your not technically inclined or have a healthy set of tool and patience let someone who knows the job do the front. It could be more trouble than your ready for. Mine was so rusted and degraded i needed new upper mounts and perches cause i couldn't remove anything from the old assembly. I let you know how it goes.

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    I just did mine single adj. I pulled my car up on ramps and tightened the lca to where they aligned in the holes I had 200 lbs in the trunk. haha the pan rod I installed it and adjusted it on the floor. I looked at the rear and it was a little to the right so I picked it off the ground with a jack under the rear and adjusted it till it looked centered. I guess it worked...My 60 foot was better than before.

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    thanks guys.. ill be doing this soon,
    a friend of mine will be helping me, so it wont be that hard..
    im kinda dissapointed with the sinlge adj parts, i thought i could adjust them tight but they dont work like thta.
    i should of known and get the double adj..

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    there is on car adjustable parts tht what I should have gotten my lca in

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    Quote Originally Posted by BANDITO View Post
    there is on car adjustable parts tht what I should have gotten my lca in
    me too.. i regret so bad now lol.. but its way more expensive
    thats the double adj

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    only like 30 bucks I think idk but it works for me so eh ^_^

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    yes, single adjustable you will need to install, measure, take one end off and twist to adjust and reconnect, but once it's set you should be done unless you change your suspension geometry.

    double adjustable (on car adjustable) you install once and adjust with everything connected.

    there are pros and cons to each, double adj is easier to install in the first place and make any changes, but you will need to periodocly check that the jam nunts are tight and it hasn't moved out of adjustment, single adjustable is cheeper and you set it once and forget it, but takes longer to set up initially or adjust afterwards.

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