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    Spring install DIY

    hi everyone,

    I'm going to break this up into a few posts because of the quantity of images, so please be patient.

    Disclaimer: If your not confident in doing this, don't. its extremely dangerous and you might kill yourself. I'm not responsible for injury or any other negative effects because of your lack of competence.

    Tools needed;

    14, 17, and 21mm deep well sockets, and wrenches.
    spring compressor, jack, jack stand, torque wrench.


    Items needed;

    safety glasses, medium strength loc-tite


    torque specification list,

    strut to body nut 35ft/lbs
    strut to knuckle bolts 49ft/lbs
    strut nut too disassemble strut 32ft/lbs
    rear lower shock bolt 86ft/lbs


    I'll start with the rear springs because they are the easiest.


    step 1: remove lower shock bolt. shock is gas charged and will extend down.








    step 2: jack vehicle up until spring is visually loose. support vehicle with jack stand






    step 3: remove spring. it should just practically fall out of the pocket. note top and bottom of spring. the painted colors of the spring should be on the bottom and directly toward the back of the car.


    step 4: swap the spring rubbers too the new spring. pay attention because the new springs will also have a top and bottom. in general, the letters/numbers on the spring will be right-side-up with the spring installed.






    step 5; install the new spring, and clock it correctly. refer too the picture from the manual, it can explain it better than I can. lol






    step 6: apply removable, medium streagth loc-tite on the lower shock bolt. the factory didn't skip this, so neither should you.

    note: I didn't clean the threads, or wait for the loc-tite to tack up. you should, and then pat yourself on the back for doing a better job than I did.

    torque the lower shock bolt to 86ft/lbs.





    step 7; jack car up, remove jack stand, and lower car too the ground slowly, having a friend monitor the spring and shock setup making sure nothing fun is going on!

    step 8; repeat for other side.


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    Front springs install

    step 1; loosen lug nuts @ pop hood.

    step 2; jack up car and support with jackstand

    step 3; remove tire

    step 4; unhook the abs sensor, and brake line using your hands. simply pull the grommet mounts from the strut

    step 5; unbolt lower strut bolts. yes, these are installed backwards from about 90% of every car (threads forward) I don't know if theres a reason for this, but its how they are.


    step 6: remove the 2 and final top nuts from under the hood. hold the strut up as you take them out, and carefully remove the strut, being mindfull of the thin abs wire, and the soft brake line.

    step 7; apply the spring compressor on the spring and compress the spring until you can wiggle the spring inside the strut.

    step 8; remove the plastic plug from top of the strut

    step 9; remove the nut that holds the strut together. beware, this is where you will die a painfull death if you skip step 7. there is special tools available thru Mitsubishi too do this. I did not buy, rent or borrow these tools. I used a low-torque air impact wrench. I suggest you rent the tools from Mitsubishi, and then pat yourself on the back for doing a better job then me.

    step 10; disassemble the strut and note how everything goes back together

    step 11; compress the new spring and install it onto the strut. note that, again, the letters will usually be legible and right side up. these can only correctly go in 1 way. they and tangential springs, so you must be sure they align correctly on the ends. if they do not, remove the springs and figure out what your doing wrong.

    step 12; reassemble the strut, pay particular attention to the spring end, and its seat. also the centering washer on the bottom of the bronze color piece. it should center the piece below it. tighten the top nut of the strut too 32ft/lbs.

    step 13; once the strut-nut is torqued, and ONLY once its torqued, you can slowly remove the spring compressor

    step 14; reinstall the strut into the car, using the top two nuts first. these are torqued too 35ft/lbs

    step 15; reinstall the lower bolts and torque too 49ft lbs

    step 16; reinsert the abs sensor wire, and the brake line into the built-in mounts on the strut assembly

    step 17; install your tire

    step 18; raise vehicle, remove jackstand and lower too the ground

    step 19; do other side

    step 20; stand back and admire your work! test drive vehicle and use your judgement, listening for noises etc.
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    if a mod can re-arrange the photos under the text, in the correct order, I would really appreciate it! I cannot figure out how too do this. hope this earns me one of them cool stickers, and a sticky in the index!

    thanks everyone and enjoy!
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    Could you tell us about the differences in ride?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyMirageMpg View Post
    I hope this earns me one of them cool stickers, and a sticky in the index!
    Definitely. PM me your address and I'll get one off to you. Thanks!

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    what springs did you use for the front?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mitsumi View Post
    what springs did you use for the front?
    Just look at the pix.
    They are one EIBACH Prokit, article number: E10-60-017-01-22
    The kit has a total of four springs, two front two back.

    Thanks again, MightyMirageMPG for the post and pix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by foama View Post
    Could you tell us about the differences in ride?
    Wow this is an old thread look at my jeep! Rip! And my mirage isn't half destroyed in these pictures yet lol



    The ride is great it's Been about a year riding on these i have absolute zero comPlaints. Highly recommend these. Tiny bit stiffer but definitely not jarring what so ever.

    Very forgiving for an aftermarket setup, not performance oriented in any way. (Not stiff enough)

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    Haha, I saw 6/13 and thought it was yesterday! I didn't see the 2016 part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daox View Post
    Haha, I saw 6/13 and thought it was yesterday!
    That's funny! I noticed that, too and thought it was a heck of a coincidence.


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