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Old 08-13-2009, 08:56 PM
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Default Finally ordered some springs - M7 Sport Springs

I was wondering if anyone else has M7 Sport Springs (R53). Is installation a pita, wondering if I should take it to a shop and have them do it.

I'm stoked I can finally get rid of that horrible wheel gap. I have some OZ Ultraleggera 18x7 and the tire size is 215/35, Kuhmo tires, they're pretty low profile. I'm hoping this will give it a more aggressive look to them and I'm sure the ride will be a little stiffer.

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Old 08-14-2009, 12:41 AM
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I had some for my R50, but never put them on. The install isn't that bad. Just be sure to run to Harbor Freight and grab a set of spring compressors (~$10). It would also help if you have access to an impact wrench (although it's not necessary).
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Had a set on my previous R53. Yes the ride is much stiffer. Looks good. Handles okay (more show than go).

Install is pretty straightforward. Like Moxie said - you'll need a spring compressor (if Harbor Freight isn't available then most car parts stores can loan a set with a deposit) and don't forget to cut the bump stop doughnut in half or else you'll have a supremely stiff ride.
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If you have experience working on the car, then go ahead and do it yourself. It should take you around 3hrs doing it nice and slow. The rears are super easy and consist four bolts that need to be removed to get the strut out. The fronts are 7 bolts total and a little bit harder to get out. If you want a good shop to do the install for you in less then 25 minutes, then call MiniCorsa. You can get his add and phone @ www.MiniCorsa.com

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I did the spring install by myself (M7). you dont need a spring compressor, you should be able to put your weight on it and undo the nuts. I only weigh 140, so it doesnt take much weight to get the springs compressed
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...also be sure to cut your bumpstops
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Here's a link to a great DIY. It even has all the torque specs.

Oh yeah... make sure you have a tq wrench (and not one from HF).
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I've decided to get a shop to install, I don't wanna hassle with that stuff. I was looking at the DIY and I'd rather have it installed right and get everything done and not worry about it.

Johnny's Auto Clinic in San Pedro is where I'm gonna take it. M7 highly recommends these guys and has had their cars built buy him. Has anyone else had anything worked on by Johnny?

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Man what a difference it makes with just springs. I can only imagine what it's like if you have a full set up. I got them installed over the weekend - the only issue is I need a slight adjustment with the cambers.. but that's another $200 not to mention labor, so I'm gonna hold off on that. I'll have to get some pics uploaded.. amazing NO MORE WHEEL GAP
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I've decided to get a shop to install, I don't wanna hassle with that stuff. I was looking at the DIY and I'd rather have it installed right and get everything done and not worry about it.

Johnny's Auto Clinic in San Pedro is where I'm gonna take it. M7 highly recommends these guys and has had their cars built buy him. Has anyone else had anything worked on by Johnny?

Thanks~!
Honestly, I thought the same thing. But learning how to do it yourself really puts you at an advantage, especially if you ever get coilovers. Not to mention the gratification you get from being able to say "I did that" with a big grin on your face.
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