Nissan Forum banner

1 - 20 of 20 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
68 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
I recently got a good deal on some Tokico HP shocks and springs. I've read Z31's instructions on the install, but I'd like some input on how difficult (or not) the install would be if I did it myself.

I'm comfortable under the hood of my z31, but haven't attempted any suspension work as of yet. Gimme some advice, guys!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
89 Posts
if you have a safe and reliable spring compressor its not bad, un bolt the struts from the body, and spindles. compress the springs with the spring compressor and take the nut loose from the top of the strut and CAREFULLY release tension on the spring.
installation is the reverse of assembly
if you dont know what your doing though i recommend you pay someone who does. This is a potentially dangerous procedure. just think about the spring flyin loose eh.
 

·
ZPOOLNZ
Joined
·
1,609 Posts
Only problem is when the shocks don't want to come off. The hardest part about it will be breaking bolts loose.
 

·
FIVE SPEED&FOAM INJECTION
Joined
·
1,541 Posts
Also make sure that if you have electric shocks that you get the correct replacement part number for them. You you have the regular normal old shocks they should have a different part number also.
 

·
ZPOOLNZ
Joined
·
1,609 Posts
0341TODD said:
Also make sure that if you have electric shocks that you get the correct replacement part number for them. You you have the regular normal old shocks they should have a different part number also.
It is an NA...
 

·
FIVE SPEED&FOAM INJECTION
Joined
·
1,541 Posts
Whoever had my car switched over to the KYB non controllable shock set-up and of course I bought turbo ones. I had to buy new towers, which was ok since they were old anyways.
 

·
ZPOOLNZ
Joined
·
1,609 Posts
0341TODD said:
Whoever had my car switched over to the KYB non controllable shock set-up and of course I bought turbo ones. I had to buy new towers, which was ok since they were old anyways.
And this is relevant how?
 

·
FIVE SPEED&FOAM INJECTION
Joined
·
1,541 Posts
JAMESZ said:
It is an NA...
Whoa Whoa.....dont tell me youre in a bad mood now too......It is relevent b/c were having a conversation? I think that is still legal?
 

·
ZPOOLNZ
Joined
·
1,609 Posts
0341TODD said:
Whoa Whoa.....dont tell me youre in a bad mood now too......It is relevent b/c were having a conversation? I think that is still legal?
What makes you think I'm in a bad mood? I just was wondering lol...
 

·
FIVE SPEED&FOAM INJECTION
Joined
·
1,541 Posts
Oh, I thought you were getting all crazy:) I was like " great, just what I need is to get in another fight and get banned again-LOL
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
68 Posts
Discussion Starter #11
Cool. Thanks, fellas. I think I will try this install myself, and I will certainly be careful with the spring compressor. I've just had some special bodywork done and custom paint, so I'm doing the springs/shocks/bushings next and rims/wheels last. I'll post pics after Sat when I get it back from Paint.

And feel free to add any more suspension install suggestions to this post--I'd like this to go without too many hitches, if possible.
 

·
ZPOOLNZ
Joined
·
1,609 Posts
91sentra said:
use WD-40 on the bolts and loosen the bolts on the top of the strut top hat before you take the struts out.
Hah wish that WD-40 and break free were all that I needed. Start praying they aren't seized up.
 

·
ZPOOLNZ
Joined
·
1,609 Posts
91sentra said:
thats all i needed though my car was recently serviced and they replaced the bolts that connect the spindle to the strut. So it wasnt as hard as it probably is for you....
Is your car a Z31? I know alot of other people that have had the exact same problem I have had with the exact same bolt that wouldn't budge. On shock came out easy took maybe 15 minutes the other one took a day until I just cut it out.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
68 Posts
Discussion Starter #16
JAMESZ said:
Is your car a Z31? I know alot of other people that have had the exact same problem I have had with the exact same bolt that wouldn't budge. On shock came out easy took maybe 15 minutes the other one took a day until I just cut it out.

Did you have to remove the spring to install the shock?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
123 Posts
MaxQ said:
Did you have to remove the spring to install the shock?
The fronts are struts, so yes. In the rear, the shock and spring are seperate.
 

·
ZPOOLNZ
Joined
·
1,609 Posts
When replacing the struts it is an entire assembly. With the shocks you don't have to remove the spring unless your replacing it. Go look at the rear suspension set-up and compare it to the front and you will see what were talking about.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
68 Posts
Discussion Starter #20
JAMESZ said:
When replacing the struts it is an entire assembly. With the shocks you don't have to remove the spring unless your replacing it. Go look at the rear suspension set-up and compare it to the front and you will see what were talking about.
Thanks for the clarification. I'll see if I can get it up on a lift today, or at least pull out the Haynes manual for a quick peek. I'll let you know how it goes. The car comes back Fri/Sat, and I'll probably start the install mid next week or next weekend.
 
1 - 20 of 20 Posts
Top