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Tein High Tech springs & 20mm H&R spacers installed with OEM wheels. Pics, brief DIY.

Hello everyone, I got around to installing the Tein High Tech springs along with H&R 20mm DRM spacers for the rear. (5/114.3 64.1 Stud 12x1.5 DRM 20mm Part# 4065640)

Would like to share some before and after pics along with a brief DIY for those interested in installing a set.

Tools used:

Air tools help, but aren't needed.

Impact gun
Impact wrench
Torque wrench
Spring compressor
12mm, 14mm, 17mm, 19mm deep sockets
17mm, 19mm open end wrenches
Allen wrench set
Needle nose pliars
2 decent floor jacks, 3 would be better
1 jack stand, 2 or more would be better



Onto the pics...

Before the install:









Parts



Install

Jack up the rear, best to have both wheels hanging due to solid rear axle to ease spring removal
Take off rear wheels using 19mm socket
Take off 14mm bolt holding shock to rear trailing
Stand or push on rear hub while removing rear spring


Install rubber spring cups onto new springs
Stand or push on rear hub while reinstalling rear spring
Using spare jack raise hub to line up rear trailing arm with rear shock
Reinstall the 14mm bolt
Torque


Install 20mm H&R spacers
Torque
Install rear wheels
Torque




Onto the front...

Jack up the front
Take off front wheels using 19mm socket
Using 17mm open end wrench and fitting allen wrench, take off 17mm nut from strut
Using needle nose pliers, remove plastic brake sensor cable tab off strut
Remove rubber mount holding brake sensor cable off strut
Using 12mm socket, remove brake line + bracket
Using 19mm open end wrench and 19mm socket, remove 2 main bolts connecting to front hub
Using 14mm socket remove upper sway bar end link
Pull out strut
Mount into spring compressor
Compress spring
Using 19mm deep socket/impact gun combo or allen wrench/19mm open end wrench combo remove 19mm bolt off strut
Spin off plastic bracket along with plastic housing from spring and off strut


Install new spring


Spin on plastic bracket along with plastic housing onto new spring and strut
Compress slightly by hand and reinstall 19mm bolt


Reinstall strut assembly with new spring
Torque


Done deal.



Some after pics that didn't come out too well. I'll be sure to take some more during the day...

Mods:
35w Slim ballast 6500k HIDs
Tom Tom Navigation
18% Carbon window tint all around
20mm H&R spacers
Tein springs






















Took it around the block and it definitely seems to ride better than OEM. Less slop in suspension, less vertical play, stiffer rear. Overall this seems like a great setup so far and I feel like the car should have come stock in this form.

Hope this helps a bit and you guys enjoyed, stay tuned for more daytime pics and a more thorough driving review...:grin:
 

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^ Outstanding post :thumbsup: And a great contribution to the forum. Thanks for sharing.
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where did you get the spacers, just did mine tonight and the rear could def come out some more.
Looks like he got the same spacers I did for my OEM 17" rims/tires. On a 16" stock rim/tire, could probably take it out maybe to a 25mm DRM.. Would have to measure but based on pics, looks like another 5mm would work...
 

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^ Outstanding post :thumbsup: And a great contribution to the forum. Thanks for sharing.
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:) Glad I can help and be part of the crz community :hi5:

where did you get the spacers, just did mine tonight and the rear could def come out some more.
My friend owns Group 5, he ordered them. If you would like to order from them, ask for Troy and I'll be sure to let him know to give you a good deal.
Group 5 Motorsport - A premier automotive performance store in San Diego.

you can also find them on ebay for $149.
 

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Looks like he got the same spacers I did for my OEM 17" rims/tires. On a 16" stock rim/tire, could probably take it out maybe to a 25mm DRM.. Would have to measure but based on pics, looks like another 5mm would work...
Technically 25mm would work, but they would imo make the fronts look too sunk in, also 25mm is a little too much both in terms of weight and width for a spacer... I think 20 is perfect unless you're looking for a night and day difference.

Ideally I would like to get coilovers and volk te37, but the crz is a daily and my gf drives it as well.
 

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Technically 25mm would work, but they would imo make the fronts look too sunk in, also 25mm is a little too much both in terms of weight and width for a spacer...
Good point... Thanks...
 

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That looks good.. what's the drop on the springs? Looks like about an inch.
I've got to admit, I'm a little disappointed w/ the swifts.. When I ordered, the drop was 1", and now after RnD they're actually about 1.25". Looks a little too low for what I was going for... (Wanted an EVEN gap around the wheel... Stock it's a little wide.. 1" drop was perfect.. 1.25 is clearly a lower gap on top than the sides. :( )
 

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so you put the spacers on the rear only?

this was something i was considering. hmm i guess i'll do this too :p
Yes rear only. I wouldn't mind running 5mm up front, but really do not feel like replacing front studs for such little difference... Now that the spacers are in, I couldn't imagine the car without. Must buy imo...

That looks good.. what's the drop on the springs? Looks like about an inch.
I've got to admit, I'm a little disappointed w/ the swifts.. When I ordered, the drop was 1", and now after RnD they're actually about 1.25". Looks a little too low for what I was going for... (Wanted an EVEN gap around the wheel... Stock it's a little wide.. 1" drop was perfect.. 1.25 is clearly a lower gap on top than the sides. :( )
They say .8 front .9 rear so it's not quite 1 inch. I'm happy with the drop considering it is a daily and gf takes it to work here and there.

Could you post pic of your drop, I wouldn't mind a slightly lower stance, but it's not practical... I bet the 1.25 drop would look mean with 17s
 

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Is there any handling negatives from spacing out the rear wheels further than the front?
Technically it is supposed to induce understeer, I've only driven the car around a block a couple of times so I didn't notice much of it if any. What I did notice though is a more put together feel, less slop, less bounce, less body roll. Planning on a long drive today so I'll be able to post a better review later...

you didnt cut the rubber bumpstops?
No, I called Tein and they said with such a small drop it is not necessary. I also confirmed with another forum member that purchased these springs, he also left them be. Time will tell, but I'm sure I'm ok without cutting those.
 

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^ Concur. Daytime pics show it much better. Very Nice.
 

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^^nice, you'll like the look even better in person :)



Went out for a half hour drive, driving impressions:

Front seemed to have settled a bit and it looks even better now.
A lot less slop, mostly less vertical slop
Noticeably Less body roll
Noticed slight added understeer, but in a good way, feels more planted, more controllable, more predictable
Slightly but noticeably stiffer all around, more so especially in the rear
Less bouncy
Makes you feel the road a little more
Gets rid of the floaty feeling you get with stock springs
Excellent ride quality

Overall I must say it's a great setup for someone looking for a slight drop without any sacrifice to the ride quality. Would I do it all over again, yes. Would I buy any other spring setup if I could do it all over again, no. Hope this helps :)
 
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