Can I install struts with ground controls from home?

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Can I install struts with ground controls from home?

Postby celigts » Sun May 05, 2013 12:41 am

Is this possible and do I need anything special? Things to watch out if I can? I have my front struts here and want to replace them.

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Re: Can I install struts with ground controls from home?

Postby celigts » Mon May 06, 2013 11:59 pm

Possible?
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Re: Can I install struts with ground controls from home?

Postby maxxhavoc » Tue May 07, 2013 12:30 am

If you are asking if adding GC coilovers to your struts is possible - Yes, I have them on my GTS. They work pretty well for the money, but expect clunking. Much, much clunking.
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Re: Can I install struts with ground controls from home?

Postby celigts » Tue May 07, 2013 12:42 am

maxxhavoc wrote:If you are asking if adding GC coilovers to your struts is possible - Yes, I have them on my GTS. They work pretty well for the money, but expect clunking. Much, much clunking.


No no. If changing struts is possible from home without special tools. Did you install the kit with the rubber o-rings in the height adjusting sleeve?
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Re: Can I install struts with ground controls from home?

Postby lumbercis » Tue May 07, 2013 5:55 pm

Look in the BGB and it will usually tell you if you'll need specific tools. (Celicatech hosts online versions). Never start a job on your car without reading the repair manual instructions first.

Replacing struts is relatively simple. I've done it in my driveway several times. I'm not sure if there are any special considerations for the ground control sleeves. I imagine the clunking that was reported earlier may be due to needing helper springs, but not sure since I've never had them.
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Re: Can I install struts with ground controls from home?

Postby CMS-GT4 » Tue May 07, 2013 6:28 pm

I thought the GC sleeve were supposed to be welded to the strut housing? Is this no longer the case or only optional?
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Re: Can I install struts with ground controls from home?

Postby underscore » Tue May 07, 2013 6:41 pm

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maxxhavoc wrote:If you are asking if adding GC coilovers to your struts is possible - Yes, I have them on my GTS. They work pretty well for the money, but expect clunking. Much, much clunking.


No no. If changing struts is possible from home without special tools. Did you install the kit with the rubber o-rings in the height adjusting sleeve?


I'm not sure if you'd call this a special tool or not, but you'll need spring compressors to safely take the old springs off.
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Re: Can I install struts with ground controls from home?

Postby celigts » Tue May 07, 2013 9:03 pm

Don't need the old springs or mounts as I have some from a 184. Literally just needed to know about it being possible.

But since nearly soon the car will be parked ill have the time to have it properly done still at home tho.
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Re: Can I install struts with ground controls from home?

Postby 88st165 » Wed May 08, 2013 12:54 am

Shouldn't take you more than an hour really to do a direct swap granted that none of the bolts will give you any fuss. Don't need any special tools but air tools or at least a breaker bar will help with the two lower mounting bolts which would prob be the most difficult. What struts do you have paired with the ground controls just curious?
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Re: Can I install struts with ground controls from home?

Postby celigts » Wed May 08, 2013 1:40 am

Kyb excel g. Nothing special. Cars being parked this weekend so lots of time for fixing!
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Re: Can I install struts with ground controls from home?

Postby maxxhavoc » Wed May 08, 2013 11:40 am

celigts wrote:Did you install the kit with the rubber o-rings in the height adjusting sleeve?


Yes, the sleeves took some pressure to get over the rings. The spring is the clunking part.

Speed bumps and turns make the top mount clunk around. It doesn't bother me...if it did some bushings and putting rubber sleeves on the springs would help. The spring is just too short for the space it is in, so it moves up and down a lot.
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Re: Can I install struts with ground controls from home?

Postby 88st165 » Wed May 08, 2013 4:08 pm

I have something similar on my civic SI (not GC but redshift) with koni yellows. I have helper springs to take up the slack when suspension is at full droop. I also added thrust bearings and turned my own spring couplers on my buddy's lathe out of delrin to keep the main and helper springs co linear. No noises at all and feels very solid. Maybe something to consider.

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Re: Can I install struts with ground controls from home?

Postby celigts » Wed May 08, 2013 4:50 pm

Worth getting helper springs? Did that plastic piece come with the helper spring or what is it from?
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Re: Can I install struts with ground controls from home?

Postby underscore » Wed May 08, 2013 4:57 pm

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88st165 wrote:turned my own spring couplers on my buddy's lathe out of delrin to keep the main and helper springs co linear.
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Re: Can I install struts with ground controls from home?

Postby celigts » Wed May 08, 2013 7:01 pm

underscore wrote:^

88st165 wrote:turned my own spring couplers on my buddy's lathe out of delrin to keep the main and helper springs co linear.

OOPS! Hahah [SMILING FACE WITH OPEN MOUTH AND TIGHTLY-CLOSED EYES]
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