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Hey guys (& gals if any?)
Just received my Hotchkis springs from the states today (still waiting for the sway bars).
Was wondering how hard they are to install? Bear in mind I am not good with tools at all!!!!
I was going to go to Peter at SCI but he isn't back till the middle of Jan, and I don't know if I can wait that long!!! Just like a kid at XMas time.

I would like to take it somewhere to do as I no jacksh## when it comes to working on car suspension.

All input appreciated!
Merry XMas to all

PS: forgot to add I am in Sydney!
 

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I would suggest getting a professional to handle it.

The rear suspension pulls apart relatively easy (not sure about the springs, but taking out the damper was a piece of piss) but removing the front coil-overs is a right pain in the ass.
 

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The rear is easy, the front is a bitch. I think I've posted on my350z.com how long it took me and a friend to do it (installing konis, but it's the same thing anyway). Once you figure out how to get at the front it gets a lot easier. Also make sure you get spring compressors.

It took me all day to finish the install. If you are not good with tools it would take maybe day and half or maybe 2.
 

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Suggest then that you wait for Peter to get back. He's done it before and will charge you a fair rate for the job.
If you use someone who has never worked on the 350Z suspension, they will be learning on your car and also at your expense as they will probably take 50% longer than Peter to do it.
 

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Otherwise, have a chat with Greg Selby from Roadholder Suspension.

He does good work, and I'm happy with my Koni install through him.
 

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If you don't know what you're doing, find a friend that does. You will regret it if you don't.

The rear is easier than the front and will only take about 30 minutes max per side. The front is extremely difficult and can take up to 2 hours per side if you know what you're doing.

This is not a first time do it yourself job. I'd hire some help, whether it's free or you have to pay for it. I never would have finished on my own.

By the way, I have Eibach springs. Oh yeh, and don't forget to rent or buy a spring compressor.
 

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The actual instructions are not that hard to follow... the pain in the ass is taking the front suspension apart. Some of those bolts are torqued to high ****. If you take it to a shop, they'll have the best tools to get it done, and if you do it yourself... well, you won't.

It's a pain in the ass either way.
 

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Thanks guys & gals for all your responses.
I am having the springs installed tommorrow by a professional.
I will review & post some pics if I can work out how to post pictures?
 
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