1. Ok, first things first, you need to get the car up on some sturdy jack-stands and remove the wheels. You can start with either the front two, the back two, or one side. I recommend starting on the front, as it is slightly easier and the instructions for it are below.
2. After the car is secured, you can get in the hood, and remove the 3 bolts holding the strut assembly in on the top (CIRCLED in picture 1), and also the 2 bolts on the bottom-side holding the strut assembly to the control arm/hub/etc. Also, be sure to undo the smaller bolt holding the brake line to the strut assembly (2 lower bolts CIRCLED, and brake line bolt BOXED in picture 2).
3.After the 6 bolts are removed, the entire strut assembly will come out of the car intact. In order to get the spring out, you must take off the bolt on the top (seen in the BOX in picture 1). USE CAUTION when doing this, I personally did not use a spring compressor, because when the bolt pops off, it will shoot maybe a foot, the stock suspension should not be under too much pressure. If you feel at all concerned, it's better to be safe than sorry!
4. At this point, the steps for springs v. coilovers change, if you are installing springs, continue to step 7.
5. COILOVER EXCLUSIVE: Ok, after you get the strut assembly apart, the only parts you need to keep are the strut tower cap, the bearings, and the strut assembly. All of the washers, and spring cushions can be removed.
6. COILOVER EXCLUSIVE: After that is removed, the grinding process begins. You will see where the strut/shock is threaded into the housing. That silver/metal ring needs to be ground down to allow the coilover sleeve to slide into place. (You will see the after-math of grinding in picture 3). Keep grinding and trying, you'll get it eventually, and once it's done, place the rubber rings supplied w/ the coilover kit around the strut housing, and slide and secure the coilover sleeve into place, and also set the spring perch to where you want it to be.
7. Put in the coil, and reassemble based on the application you have. Be it with springs, put all of the rubber cushions and what not. If you are installing coilovers, put the spring on the perch, the top cap on top of that, then the bearings. BE SURE TO GREASE THE TOP CAP! If you are putting on coilovers, this will cut down on some of the noise.
8. After putting the assembly back together, reinsert it into the car, secure the top 3 bolts FIRST, and that will make it easier to put the bottom into place, so that you may secure the bottom 2 bolts, and the brake line bolt.
9. Tighten everything down and look everything over to make sure nothing was left out, and put the wheel back on.6gc
Click on the link above to see the pictures of the installation.