: Anyone have step by step instructions for GC kit?????????????????



Venomous-V
08-18-06, 07:15 PM
This would be great if GC had come out with some step by step instructions for the do it yourselfers at home. Anyone have some insight on the install? Do i really need a torque wrench and spring compressor? Do i need to take out the back seat and trunk carpet/moldings? Any info from the experts who have done the install would be greatly appreciated by me and i'm sure for a few others who are in the same boat!

calicadi
08-19-06, 01:06 AM
Writing a step-by-step for the whole job could be a project unto itself. I'm sorry I can't be a lot of help here 'cause I had mine installed at a shop. I can say this... Pretty sure GC in working on instructions. You might call them and ask if there's any chance those would be out soon. Yes, you should have a torque wrench and spring compressor. Both are safety issues. Maybe you could get by without but I wouldn't want to ride along or be standing next to you when you take the front assembly apart! Yes, the back set must come out to get to the rear upper mount. You can find step-by-step for that on the FAQ under Shock Replacement. (And feel free to make a donation to the FAQ to keep it running and up-to-date. Someday GC instructions will be there, but probably not anytime soon.)

The tricky stuff is all in the front. If you're set on doing as much yourself as possible, maybe you could take the front assemblies out and take 'em to a shop to help with the dis- and re-assembly. You're going to need a 4 wheel alignment after installation, too.

Again, sorry I couldn't be more helpful.

SlvrVee
08-19-06, 02:31 PM
This is not step by step instructions but these pictures may help for the front install
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b332/Sho9ice/BeforeandAfter.jpg
BEFORE AND AFTER REMOVING STOCK BUSHING AND PERCH

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b332/Sho9ice/BeforeandAfter1.jpg
BEFORE AND AFTER REMOVING STOCK BUSHING AND PERCH

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b332/Sho9ice/BeforeandAfter2.jpg
VIEW FROM END BEFORE AND AFTER REMOVING STOCK BUSHING AND PERCH

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b332/Sho9ice/BeforeandAfter3.jpg
SPRING PERCH, BUSHING AND END CAP REMOVED

SlvrVee
08-19-06, 02:36 PM
jUST SOME MORE PICTURES

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b332/Sho9ice/Laidoutinorder.jpg
LAID OUT IN ORDER OF INSTALL

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b332/Sho9ice/Laidoutinorder1.jpg
CLOSE UP OF TOP HALF

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b332/Sho9ice/Laidoutinorder2.jpg
CLOSEUP OF BOTTOM HALF

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b332/Sho9ice/Assembled.jpg
ASSEMBLED

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b332/Sho9ice/Assembled1.jpg
DIFFERENT ANGLE

SlvrVee
08-19-06, 02:42 PM
FINAL
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b332/Sho9ice/Installed.jpg
FINALLY INSTALLED

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b332/Sho9ice/Installed1.jpg

wildwhl
08-19-06, 03:32 PM
Slvrvee -

did you flip the top bushing around (press/pound it out and press back in) in the upper control arm? I didn't at first, and then decided it was necessary, but am not certain it was. GC includes a tool (tubing with a ground taper) for hammering out the bushings.

WW

SlvrVee
08-19-06, 04:05 PM
WW
Yes I pressed it out and flipped around, but I had a problem trying to press out the passenger side, because the tool was a hair too small( it worked fine on the drivers side) and kept slipping. So I took it to a local machine shop and paid them $10 to press it out.

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b332/Sho9ice/GControl008.jpg

calicadi
08-19-06, 05:44 PM
Slvrvee... did you need a spring compressor or hold down clamps?

SlvrVee
08-19-06, 07:18 PM
I used a spring compressor that I got from Autozone " LOAN A TOOL" AutoZone.com | Free Loan-a-Tool Program (http://www.autozone.com/in_our_stores/loan_a_tool/loan_a_tool.htm) . It was a snap to remove the stock spring using the spring compressor. I made about 4 to 5 full turns on the two compressor bolts, this slightly compressed the spring maybe 1/4 to 1/2 inch. Thats all you need to release the tension and to remove the nut at top of the strut and also the control arm. Then just one alternating turn per bolt to release the spring. It took me maybe 15 mins per side to remove each spring. Also because the spring is only being slightly compressed there really is no danger of it flying off.

calicadi
08-19-06, 07:50 PM
:yeah: There's your answer Venomous V... AutoZone! You can buy yourself a nice torque wrench while you're there. Should have one for your wheels anyway. 100 ft-lbs is hard to judge by feel.