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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-27-2004, 10:37 PM Thread Starter
 
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Well this question involves an srt-4 so i put this in the general section. My brother who owns an 04 srt-4 was telling me the other day that when spring comes around he might be intrested in the mopar stage one suspension kit, witch is just new springs. so being that im the famaly mechanic i know i will be the one doing all the wrenching. so how long dose it take to put new springs on 4 struts, also dose anyone have sugestions for before i disisembal the strut from the spindle so i can get it close enought back that i can get it to the alignment shop. i origionally had this posted at srtforms. But i posted it over a week ago and no one has responeded so im gona assume that no one there put on there own suspension upgrades. but i know here there are people that have put on lowering springs and i know the priciples are the same so any help is apprecieated
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Well this question involves an srt-4 so i put this in the general section. My brother who owns an 04 srt-4 was telling me the other day that when spring comes around he might be intrested in the mopar stage one suspension kit, witch is just new springs. so being that im the famaly mechanic i know i will be the one doing all the wrenching. so how long dose it take to put new springs on 4 struts, also dose anyone have sugestions for before i disisembal the strut from the spindle so i can get it close enought back that i can get it to the alignment shop. i origionally had this posted at srtforms. But i posted it over a week ago and no one has responeded so im gona assume that no one there put on there own suspension upgrades. but i know here there are people that have put on lowering springs and i know the priciples are the same so any help is apprecieated
Well by removing the struts you should not require an aligment.As for how long,that depends on if you have the right tools,you will definetly need a spring compressor.
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dosnt the position of the bottom of the strut on the spindel have some effect on the camber (correct me if im wrong, but tilt of the wheel in or out)
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The camber can only be changed with an aftermarket camber kit (typically this is right, some cars might already have a camber kit). I put the eibach springs on my car, and it was HELL! The fornt springs were cake, but the rear springs were the hardest thing that I have ever done on my car. This could be different for the SRT 4, but then again maybe not. I would plan on spending 4-5 hours, but that depends on your skills and tools. I think that a more skilled mechanic might be able to complete this task faster.
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If there are camber adjustment bolts as on my 92 Caravan, just witness mark them and put them back the way they were. If not, then the only problem you will have is the spring R&R. You will need a good size bench vice and the best spring compressor available. I've changed a few struts in my time and had one spring get away from me and it was something I never want to repeat. No one hurt but lots of excitement! You might want to take the struts to a shop and pay to have them changed. Just my $0.02.

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That is good advice, spring mishaps can be disasterous!
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I have changed my springs several times. The trick is the right tools. The new strap compressors are great and much safer to use then the older threaded styles. You can go to your local parts store and rent the tools (in many places, they just want a refundable deposit). There are two ways to do it. The easyest way is to remove the 3/4 top strut mount bolts. This allows you to remove the whole assembly, and work on it much easier. The draw back is you will need an alinement.
The second way is to just remove the strut nut and compress the springs while on the vehicle. A little harder to do, but the advantage is, since you left the top strut mount in place there is no need for an alinement. This is how it is on the LH platforms. If the springs change the ride height then you should get an alinement done 3 months afterwards (the springs will settle). On the LH you will need a spring compressor and a tie rod puller. Deep sockets are a big plus. As for the job. The rear is the worst because the rear seats, side trim and rear deck pad and 6X9 speakers must be removed, first. The job can be done in less then 6 hours. Faster if you have done it before. I went from non php to php to Intrax, to air bags to H&R. I still have the air setup so within 4 hours I have change it back to air if needed.
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