After you receive your TEIN coilovers you might ask yourself “What do I do next”. Lucky for you, installing coilovers is a relatively quick and simple process. There are several steps involved and it requires a few special tools, but it can easily be done in the comfort of your own garage.
The first step to installing coilovers is to get the proper tools for the job. Most importantly you will need a jack and jack stands, you will also need a proper wrench to remove your wheels since they need to be removed in order to install your coilovers. You will also need several wrenches in varying sizes depending on your vehicle in order to remove bolts, a breaker bar or two, and needle nose pliers. Including a TEIN Adjust Wrench in your toolkit will also make your installation much smoother since it was specially designed to work on coilovers. A measuring tape is also something that is required when installing your coilovers.
After you get your tools, you can get to work on installing your new TEIN coilovers. An often overlooked, yet important first step is pre-loading the springs on your coilovers. This is important since improperly installed coilovers can give you a harsh ride or it can even damage your vehicle. The trick is pre-loading the springs is to make sure that the springs touch the upper plate of the coilovers. Once the springs have been pre-loaded, you should measure the distance between the lower perch and the springs. Once you take that measurement, adjust the other TEIN coilover to match the first one.
After the front coilovers have been properly set up, you can jack up the car and remove the wheels. After this, use the needle nose pliers to remove the brake line from the OEM struts. Be careful not to tear or break this line since it is a vital part of your vehicle. After this, loosen the nuts around the stock strut assembly and remove it slowly. After it has been removed, install the adapters that come with your TEIN coilovers and then install the coilovers themselves. After the front coilovers are installed, make sure everything fits properly and re-secure the brake lines. After you have double checked your work, reinstall the front wheels. However, make sure that your wheels fit properly with your new coilovers. Some aftermarket wheels may not fit with coilovers since they are much wider than the stock ones. Make sure to check this before you lower the car back onto the ground by steering the wheels all the way to each side very slowly checking frequently to see if it rubs.
After you check to make sure the front wheels fit properly, you can repeat the process of removing the stock hardware off of the rear wheels. On the rear wheels, you may need to look inside the vehicle to get to the upper mounting hardware depending on what you are installing your TEIN coilovers on. Once again, carefully remove the OEM hardware. You may need to use extensions on your wrenches to remove the nuts on the rear suspension since your hands may not fit in such a small space.
After the stock hardware is removed, you can install your TEIN coilovers on the rear suspension. Make sure the rear coilovers have also had their springs pre-loaded and properly measured before installing them. After you have double checked everything, you may install the rear coilovers. Be sure to not forget to install the TEIN coilover adapters before you start this process though. After carefully installing your new coilovers, you can reinstall the rear wheels on the vehicle. After the rear wheels are placed on it, make sure that they fit properly and do not rub up against the coilovers. After checking this, you may lower the vehicle back down to the ground.
After you lower your vehicle off of the jack stands you can take a step back and look at your work. After admiring it for a while, you may want to fine tune your setup depending on what your goals are. You may want to lower your car down a bit more or you may want to adjust some of the settings in the coilovers to give your car a better ride quality. Using a TEIN Adjust Wrench can help you get to the proper settings with very little hassle. A helpful tip is to not adjust your suspension to the roughest settings for daily driving; this can cause premature wear on the coilovers and the other suspension components. Your typical roads will have imperfections on them such as potholes or cracks. Driving over them on the stiffest settings causes a significant amount of stress on the vehicle. However, do not use an overly soft setting since that gives you a much worse ride quality.
Overall, the process of installing coilovers takes about 2 hours if you know what you are doing or an afternoon if you are a beginner. It is not a very difficult job to do, but you must take care and work slowly to make sure you do not make any mistakes. Make sure you have all of the proper tools before installing them and always double check your work. Installing suspension components properly is very important or your safety may be at risk when you drive your vehicle on the road. If you do not feel comfortable installing TEIN coilovers by yourself or you do not have the proper tools or location, you can also have a professional install them as well. Any performance auto garage in your local area can install them for you in a relatively short amount of time.
Installing coilovers for a car is the same way as installing them for a SUV; you just have to take care when lifting your SUV since they are generally heavier than cars and require jack stands that can support that higher weight. The same basic rules apply when installing them. TEIN coilovers are an excellent addition to any vehicle that you wish to give a more aggressive stance and fitment or if you wish to improve your vehicle’s handling and steering response. If you are an avid do-it-yourselfer you can also install them within an afternoon in the comfort of your own garage since they are quite easy to install.