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New KYB GR2 suspension

Discussion in 'Suspension / Brakes' started by shurik, Jun 10, 2012.

  1. shurik

    shurik Member

    First off, I would like to say that the front shocks aren't "properly in place" with the way I did my suspension - but it works.

    front KYB GR2 shocks from eBay, rear shocks + strut assembly (for 88-89 celicas), eibach lowering springs, rear top mounts, bellows + bump stops.
    Remove two bolts that are holding strut assembly.
    Clamp brake line(I used vice grips), take off the clip that holds the line to the strut assembly, unbolt and put aside.
    Remove top mount bolts and your strut is free.
    Use coil spring compressors (borrow from auto zone), unbolt top nut and take the top plates and spring off.
    Unbolt the nut that holds the shock in the strut assembly (I used a monstrous pair of pliers).
    Dump the garbage inside and place the new shock in the strut assemble. To bolt it back in - most people recommend modifying the old nut. I don't have the tools for that, so I used my new nut (comes with the struts). I don't think the threads quite match but the nut goes deep enough to hold the strut - but not enough to hold it tightly. I cut a small piece of my old bump stop and squeezed it between the new nut and strut assembly to hold the shock better. It will work, but If you have the tools, modifying the old nut is the way to go.
    If your putting in lowering springs, cut down your new bump stops to about 1 to 2 inches.
    Rear is much easier because you are replacing the whole thing.
    use an allen wrench and 14mm wrench (if i remember correctly) to unbolt the stabilizer bar.
    Remove strut assembly bolts, brake line clip and brake line, and remove the top mount nuts located under the speaker cover in the trunk. Put new strut assembly in and your all set.

    Make sure to bleed brakes!

    Last edited: Jun 10, 2012

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