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I just received mine. EBay, auction ended Thursday showed up on my door today New in the box, 290 shipped. seemed like a pretty good deal. I did some searching and reading for installs. I noticed there are two ways people have listed work for the install one is on ramps the other jack stands. I have both so either will work just a matter of which are the best is there any consensus? If i use jack stands what the best place to place the stands? (besides under the car!) I printed out the instructions from the .net faq and will be doing the install tomorrow. If anyone has any other advice i would appreciate it. Cant wait to give them a good testing.

Juan Goodyear
 

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i would recommend jackstands for the front, since you will most likely be needing to take off the front wheels. jack the front of the car up on the central jack point (behind the oil pan) and put the jack stands at the jack point on each side of the car.
 

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I did mine without taking the front wheels off. It made it a little easier to be able to turn the wheels while it was in the air though. It gave me some extra clearance.
 

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irv_usc said:
i would recommend jackstands for the front, since you will most likely be needing to take off the front wheels. jack the front of the car up on the central jack point (behind the oil pan) and put the jack stands at the jack point on each side of the car.
I had a really hard time getting to the central jacking point with my floor jack. The pole was so long I couldn't pump up the car.
 

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flproject13 said:
irv_usc said:
i would recommend jackstands for the front, since you will most likely be needing to take off the front wheels. jack the front of the car up on the central jack point (behind the oil pan) and put the jack stands at the jack point on each side of the car.
I had a really hard time getting to the central jacking point with my floor jack. The pole was so long I couldn't pump up the car.
luckily for me i have an ultra low lift point jack. the whole jack fits under the car and still has enough play to lift...

but a tip for the guys who don't have this luxury:

drive your front wheels onto 2x4's. this should give you enouch clearance with most jacks to use the central lift point. if not, jack up one side of the car with the tire change jack from the trunk and then lift from the central point using your hydraulic floor jack. i have used both methods in the past with no problems. hope this helps
 

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irv_usc said:
luckily for me i have an ultra low lift point jack. the whole jack fits under the car and still has enough play to lift...

What kind of jack do you have? I've been using the spare jack to lift the car 1" before I use the floor jack. It's really annyoing.
 

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Dave said:
irv_usc said:
luckily for me i have an ultra low lift point jack. the whole jack fits under the car and still has enough play to lift...

What kind of jack do you have? I've been using the spare jack to lift the car 1" before I use the floor jack. It's really annyoing.
'arcan' ultra low lift point jack i bought from costco. not as low as the 400+ dollar jacks you can get online, but for 60 bucks, it does it's job. it fits completely under my stock height car with no problems and can reach both front and rear central jack points.
 

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I installed the rear with ramps and the front with jack stands. Leaving the wheels did help moving the tires back and forth. I did not see where anyone had had this happen but it happened to me on all 4 nuts on the end of the sway bars. . Instead of the nuts coming off the threads the whole bolt spun in place. There is a hole for a 5mm Allen wrench. So you can hold the bolt and spin the nut off with a box open-end wrench. Worked really well. I was glad i had the workshop manual they had that tip listed. Otherwise it was pretty strait forward and pretty easy. And It makes a huge difference, I could not believe just how much tighter the car felt when you turn. Well worth the money!

Thanks for the pointers
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I used jack stands. The hardest and most time consuming part was actually lifting the car. :-?

Make sure to grease up those bushings!!!
 
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