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I got my H&Rs today and will be installing them with SPC rear camber arms next weekend. I've never lowered a car before, but am having a friend help me who has done springs a few times. I have an impact wrench, or I wouldn't even try to do this to a 4 year old car. For those of you with the knowledge/experience, especially on these cars, I appreciate any help you can offer. <p>1. Is there anything else I should do while I'm in there and have stuff apart? (I'm not doing shocks/struts, and I already have an ipd sway bar.)<p>2. I watched the "instructional" video on youtube and did not see something I have on my car. Is this what I think it is? (See pic below) I have xenon, so it would make sense. Can I still drop the lower arm with it attached? If not, how would you recommend getting at the spring? I'll have a spring compressor. <br>Edit: it is the angle sensor, and there's one by the front right wheel, too. Just unbolt it from the pivoting suspension arm and it'll be good. The reason it looks so beefy is that it's rubber, not metal. <br>The rear bolts were installed such that I could not drop the inner A-arm because the bolt would hit something before it was out. I disconnected the bolt near the wheel and dropped the arm that way, and did the rear springs with no compressor. <p><IMG SRC="http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc5/mattdocs40/sensor.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p>3. Any general tips or S40-specific info I should know before I do this?<p>(And, of course, the picture that makes me <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">)<br><IMG SRC="http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc5/mattdocs40/hrsprings.jpg" BORDER="0"> <BR><BR>
<i>Modified by mattdoc at 9:57 PM 5-19-2009</i>
 

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congratz on the H&Rs... I have 'em too, and I love them!! <p>so, first some inspirational (?? wtf?) pix from my lowering orgy <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><IMG SRC="http://666kb.com/i/b8phwevlrc1d0gm06.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://666kb.com/i/b8phwuec3hbs60spy.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>(be sure to jack up the car on the left & right, makes the spring swap much easier)<p>start with front or back... there's no priority...<br>I went at it with a friend who is working in a garage for fiat, and has done some spring changing on his mitsubishi galant...<p>front took about 2hrs, and rear about 4hrs... (but only because we literally "screwed up" - a screw won't come lose, and we were in a garage in winter and in the dark, so one thing led to another and we were a little pissed... but everything worked out in the end <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> )<p><IMG SRC="http://666kb.com/i/b8pi0sr1zjyvty1ye.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>things to do while lowering? painting your calipers, maybe? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://666kb.com/i/b8pi1m4uv951x5zdy.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>professional spring compressors make work easier...<p><IMG SRC="http://666kb.com/i/b8pi2bvi3cwilixk6.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>and be sure that you won't unplug or damage any of the wires / hoses.<p>overall, a pretty doable job, - I still had to go to my volvo dealer and had the steering wheel realigned... nothing serious, though...<p>have fun <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>
 

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In your first picture that looks way too beefy to be an angle sensor don't you think? I don't have it on mine but that looks like a pretty good piece. The rears were very easy using a lift. You just need to unbolt the lower control arm and the spring comes right in and out.<p>Having a long crow bar and a hammer helps to knock stuff lose as usual. I have no doubt you'll get it done though. It isn't too bad of a job at all. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"><p>One question though: why the rear camber kit if you're FWD? As a side note I rotate my tires regularly, don't have the camber kit, and have NOT seen any strange wear.
 

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I'm at -2.1 deg camber in the rear and want to run about -0.7 deg for looks and less wear.<p>I have an impact wrench to "help" knock stuff loose... it's amazing!<p>The bracket attached to my lower suspension arm that I have circled, on the left end of it it's bolted to something; that's what I think is the bottom end of the angle sensor. I'll probably just detach it before I do the spring. I like to do the easy side first on jobs like this, then work my way up once I know what I'm doing, so I'll start in the rear-left and figure out what I need to do on the right (where that pic is) afterward. If you didn't have factory bi-xenon, it'd make sense that I have it and you don't.
 
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