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hey i was thinking about dropping my corolla with the TRD springs and was wondering if its something i can do myself...some people i talked to said i would need a "spring compressor" is this true and is there another common way of doing it. I searched different threads and couldn't find anything telling how they did it.

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It should be too hard to do yourself. Take a look at these and see if you feel confident doing it, if not have someone do it for you.

http://trdsparks.com/install/PTR40-02080inst.pdf

If you do decide to do it yourself make sure you give yourself plenty of time (aka all day/weekend) and see if a buddy will help you. I plan on doing mine next month when schools out and I buy the springs (Tein H-techs). Of course I have experience lowering trucks with blocks/springs/air setups/etc. but coils are a new thing for me too.

Oh, and yes you do need a spring compressor! Don't be stupid and cheap out on something like that and hurt yourself. Most auto places will rent you one for free anyway. If you're gonna do it your self, just take your time and do it right. This is your suspension we're talking about (the thing that hold your butt off the ground lol). Hope I didn't make this seem impossible. It is doable, just do it right :)

Oh, post pics when you're done. We all want to see!!!
 

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the directions really help. it took me about 5 hours to do it all by myself. of course if you have air tools and a lift things would be much quicker but i didn't.

just make sure you have the proper tools. thats the advice i can say. make sure you have all the proper sockets, torque wrench, if you are not using an air gun, get a long breaker bar.
 

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Me and my brother did it without a spring compressor, but you require two people though and it is very very dangerous because it goes *boing~* meaning the spring will fly out wildly when the screw/nut is taken off which may damage you or something else. Luckily nothing bad happened and nothing was damaged when mine was done. Took about 4~6 hours.
 

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Me and my brother did it without a spring compressor, but you require two people though and it is very very dangerous because it goes *boing~* meaning the spring will fly out wildly when the screw/nut is taken off which may damage you or something else. Luckily nothing bad happened and nothing was damaged when mine was done. Took about 4~6 hours.
and that is an example of how to kill someone while changing your springs. that nut turns into pretty much a bullet when it shoots off.

Isn't it also recommended to get an Alignment afterwards as well??
you should at the very least get the alignment checked. i lowered my car and my numbers were still within the factory range so an alignment wasn't needed.
 

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i need a link for my gen 6 camry springs. please??

It should be too hard to do yourself. Take a look at these and see if you feel confident doing it, if not have someone do it for you.

http://trdsparks.com/install/PTR40-02080inst.pdf

If you do decide to do it yourself make sure you give yourself plenty of time (aka all day/weekend) and see if a buddy will help you. I plan on doing mine next month when schools out and I buy the springs (Tein H-techs). Of course I have experience lowering trucks with blocks/springs/air setups/etc. but coils are a new thing for me too.

Oh, and yes you do need a spring compressor! Don't be stupid and cheap out on something like that and hurt yourself. Most auto places will rent you one for free anyway. If you're gonna do it your self, just take your time and do it right. This is your suspension we're talking about (the thing that hold your butt off the ground lol). Hope I didn't make this seem impossible. It is doable, just do it right :)

Oh, post pics when you're done. We all want to see!!!
 

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sounds good any ideas of a place that may rent a spring compressor maybe even for free?
I think i have all the tools besides that my brother does a lot of work on trucks so i have a lot of tools and people to help.
 

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sounds good any ideas of a place that may rent a spring compressor maybe even for free?
I think i have all the tools besides that my brother does a lot of work on trucks so i have a lot of tools and people to help.
AutoZone $30 deposit, you get it back when you return them.
 

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Does the strut nut require any special tools? I know on my SRT I had to have a special tool. How about the Corolla?
 
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