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      10-08-2019, 12:58 AM   #5

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Originally Posted by dkeruza View Post
Nice that you found the struts for $300.
I was also thinking of throwing Lowering springs.
Did you lower just the front or you installed the springs on the back also?
How the OEM struts handle the lowering springs?
Other than the strut/spring assembly from the knuckle and the the car, do you have to remove any other suspension component to be able to get the strut out of the car?
I installed the Eibach pro-kit on all 4 corners but only replaced the one bent strut. Since the used struts I purchased had similar miles I figured I didn't need to replace the other front strut. I have adaptive suspension (EDC) and understand that the Eibach springs don't overly compress the shocks. I also installed shorter bumpstops, the same as the Dinan set but I bought them individually for a fraction of the price.

No other parts have to come out but in addition to the spring compressor you'll need at least a passthrough socket set to remove the bolt from the top of the front struts. In the rear you need to drop the wishbone in order to get the spring out, an impact wrench helped here as the mofos are ON there. You should use new fasteners wherever you've taken something off and of course you'll need an alignment afterwards.

Originally Posted by dkeruza View Post
If I put the Bilstein B6s on the front, can I leave the OEM ones on the back?
I strongly recommend you install fronts and backs together, you always want the components to be mated despite the fact that the B6's claim to have similar handling to stock.