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Old 03-18-2009, 04:30 AM   #1
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DIY : Spring install

This is to help those that would like to try it themselves
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Old 03-18-2009, 01:35 PM   #2
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they make it look so simple!
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Old 03-19-2009, 12:40 AM   #3
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Good link, but removing wipers and associated cowl covers is not necessary.
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Old 03-19-2009, 12:47 AM   #4
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I did mine without removing the cowl or wiper blades
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Old 03-20-2009, 01:34 AM   #5
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Is it possible to do this without the spring compressor? and i'm curious as well, any negative effects to going with the lowering springs? Also, why would lowering springs cause you to need an alignment done since when the car comes stock from the factory without being driven much it doesn't need one?
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Old 03-20-2009, 03:50 AM   #6
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You need the spring compressor to remove the stock front springs safely. If you are installing shorter aftermarket springs you should be able to install the new springs without using the compressor. No compressor is needed for the rear springs.
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Old 03-20-2009, 10:15 AM   #7
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Does anyone know how much I could expect to pay to rent a spring compressor?

I have been toying with the idea of lowering my Yaris, but the cost of install that I was quoted is more than I would want to spend. If I could do it myself lowering will be a much more feasible option, even if it took me all day to complete the job.
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Old 03-20-2009, 11:53 AM   #8
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I'd still like to know what the cons of using lowering springs are and also the reason for why one would need an alignment after installing them?
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Old 03-20-2009, 12:52 PM   #9
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Your car could bottom out over speed bumps that you could clear before. Stiffer ride the BOSS may not like. Front lip may become intimate with the odd parking curb. Toe in will be effected by the lower ride height.
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Old 03-20-2009, 01:23 PM   #10
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The toe will be affected by the lower ride height which is the reason for the alignment or it will always affect it?
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Old 03-20-2009, 02:35 PM   #11
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The toe will be affected by the lower ride height which is the reason for the alignment or it will always affect it?
Look at it this way, as you stand your feet are closer together. Now as you crotch down, you spread your legs apart (changing the position of feet) to accommodate the change in stance. Well, when you lower/raise your car, the "stance" is different. Now the tires are sitting at a different angle to accommodate the new position. So you will need an alignment so that the tires will not wear out prematurely. It is only done at the time you change the springs.
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Old 03-20-2009, 02:50 PM   #12
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ahhh thank you for the insight. how does the tire place know what alignment to give it to make it right? I really don't know so i'm trying to learn
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ahhh thank you for the insight. how does the tire place know what alignment to give it to make it right? I really don't know so i'm trying to learn
they hang reflectors on your tires and shoot lasers at them. then a computer tells them which bolt to tighten and how much.
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Old 03-20-2009, 03:33 PM   #14
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Does anyone know how much I could expect to pay to rent a spring compressor?

I have been toying with the idea of lowering my Yaris, but the cost of install that I was quoted is more than I would want to spend. If I could do it myself lowering will be a much more feasible option, even if it took me all day to complete the job.
You can do it 808 Brokanic style. Use a C-clamp and Be REALLY REALLY CAREFUL with it. I mean REALLY REALLY careful. You get hit by one of those springs....man it'll leave a HUGE HUGE bruise. but yea......brokanic style use c clamps lol


and I think stock alignment on our car is 0 toe and 0 camber but don't quote me on that...
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Old 03-20-2009, 05:57 PM   #15
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I have not done this on a newer car but…

I have used a ratchet strap to hold the coils of the spring where they were at. This will let you get them out since there compressed. Once out stick them under a different car and use it’s weight to let them back out.
If you try this use your brain. Use a few wraps on the springs. You just need the flat rope (webbing) not any of the metal stuff of the straps; to get the needed friction a clove hitch or two will hold it.

I did this with the springs off a 1 ton truck a few times.
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Old 03-21-2009, 10:12 AM   #16
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Does installing the springs void the 60k factory warranty?

And one last question is can you take the TRD lowering springs, install them then get an alignment and your done? Or do you need one of the lowering camber kits or something like that.

I was reading a story about someone who installed some eibachs I think it was and they had to order a specific camber kit or something so the shop could do a proper alignment because they could not do it without it. I'm kind of confused by that story of the person and then about how it says the TRD lowering springs does not change the vehicles suspension and handling geometry.

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Does installing the springs void the 60k factory warranty?

And one last question is can you take the TRD lowering springs, install them then get an alignment and your done? Or do you need one of the lowering camber kits or something like that.

I was reading a story about someone who installed some eibachs I think it was and they had to order a specific camber kit or something so the shop could do a proper alignment because they could not do it without it. I'm kind of confused by that story of the person and then about how it says the TRD lowering springs does not change the vehicles suspension and handling geometry.
You only need camber bolts if you want to change the camber. You don't need to change the camber. It is optional, and mostly used for the track.
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Old 03-21-2009, 06:58 PM   #18
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Does anyone know how much I could expect to pay to rent a spring compressor?
Autozone will lend you the tool for NOTHING. All you have to do is leave a deposit for them.
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