Welp, I got started on installing my Koni reds and Eibach Pro Kit springs. Spent about 2 hours cleaning the garage so I could find all my tools and actually get this project rolling.
Of course there's the necessary BEFORE pictures of the car:
First thing to do is disconnect the brake caliper. The brake lines are too short to remove the strut towers without tearing them. So undo the bolt thats on the strut first that has the line running through it. Undo the 13mm bolt holding the caliper down. Slide the caliper off the the bracket and hang it up inside the wheel well.
There is a self locking bolt (17mm) on the back of the knuckle where it grabs onto the bottom of the strut. Undo that bolt, and that basically frees the knuckle from the strut. Disconnect the 2 12mm bolts holding the swaybar onto the lower control arm. This allows you to get the knuckle low enough to slide it off the strut. Otherwise it keeps tension on the lower control arm and the knuckle won't come off. It should look like this when you're done:
Once you've got that free, the strut should be hanging from the body. Pop open the hood (if you haven't already done so), and undo the 3 12mm bolts holding the housing onto the car.
It should just drop out after that, and you have a free strut tower, and no suspension in your car!
Here's the strut housing:
Here's your wheel well with no suspension in it:
So to get the springs free and the housings apart, you're going to want to buy a spring compressor. I bought mine at Harbor Frieght for $12. The rest is pretty easy really. You want to compress the spring quite a bit until you can feel slack in the spring where it rests on it's perches.
Once the spring is compressed, take an end wrench and stick it down on the nut in the top of the housing. It's recessed, so it can be tricky. Then get your alan wrench and stick it in the middle of the nut. Twist the two apart, and everything else will just fall out.
Here's a picture of the springs removed, and compared to the new Eibach springs with the 1.3 inch drop. Pretty significant difference.
I know that my camber will be off and everything, but I'm not too worried about it. The way I drive, the tires wear off pretty quickly anyways.
Okay kids, so tomorrow we're going to learn how to modify the struts to fit the Konis. Lots of cutting and drilling! Then I'll show how to reinstall. And then the moment we've all been waiting for... The AFTER PICS! Yay!