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EDIT: I made an album: Click here to see it (pictures in random order).

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Allright, sproket13 (scott) and I both bought Neuspeed Sport Springs and needed them installed (along with scott's tokiko illuminas). We'd been planning it for ALMOST forever. Shopped around and our best deal was keeping it in the family, by contacting gsrboy94 (chris) and girlracer (danielle) in debary, FL.

The day started out with scott and I meeting up in orlando and travelling to debary, in search of the elusive spring compressor. It only took 4 shops before we finally found a place we could rent it from
! We rolled in a little late (an hour or so), and unfortunately missed breakfast
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Armed with digital camera and videocam in hand, we started around 10AM. We got the struts/springs off of scott's car with much agony, but eventually we were successful. We had to send Scott and Danielle out for some supplies to aid us in our troubles. Along the line we realized a few things, such as that its a good idea to loosen the bolt on top of the strut before taking it off the car (may have saved us up to an hour if we did that at first). We also found while trying to save time from the impending storm that there's no need to use the spring compressor on the rear stock springs, they're not under enough pressure to be dangerous. Not to mention the fact that it will take probably less than half the time with air tools.

Scott's 98 GSR was first and ended up beautiful. We went for a test drive and it was just plain amazing. The Tokiko Illuminas and Neuspeed Sports complemented each other very well. The initial drive had the illuminas set to 3 I believe, but later set to 2. Not only did it now corner beautifully, but we sure did tear the hell out of his stock front mudflaps
! But it was all in good fun (anyone want to buy some slightly-used, slightly-torn-all-to-hell front mudlflaps?). In scott's words: "Damn that's sexy" or my reply: "Yeah, I'd do her."


And then there was intermission. Scott and danielle had some boar's head subs made up (mmmmmmmmm) and all kinds of goodies. We filled ourselves up just in the nick of time, chris was juuuuust about ready to die, I think. We also took a breather and watched the first half of the video. Comical yet suspensful (ie "shooting" off the rear spring). once we were refreshed, we were ready for the complete transformation that my teg would undergo (little did we know the drastic changes that were to be afoot).

My 94RS came there simply in hopes of having Neuspeed Sports installed with newer stock struts from scott's car. It left with oh so much more. We saved a lot of time by loosening the top strut bolt on each while they were still on the car. All spring/strut installation on my car went smoothly (rock on RS WOOHOO!). In the middle though, we decided to take a walk through the garage and found a few things of interest...
"hey, check out this exhaust... we don't need it... art, you want it?"
"of course!"
"we can use these stock tails to fix your leaky trunk problem"
"hell yeah"
"how about my old stock painted mirrors to get rid of your ugly black ones"
"that'll do"
Too bad the nice red of the stock mirrors didn't match my now-oxidized "milano-pink" paint job. Danielle decided to try out the Meguiar's three step process on a little part of my car, but she didn't know what she was getting herself into! If you saw the car before, you just plain wouldn't believe it was the same car! We were amazed to see the car match the mirrors, it was amazing! Man, I got the hook-up, there's no doubt about that!!

My car drove like a dream, but that could be partially due to the dream-like state I was in because I was half dead from compressing springs by hand! Chris also got a test drive in scott's supersonic blue GSR around that time. From what I saw, he approved, he just didnt think the Kumho 711's were up to par. Scott also got a ride in the infamous first teg of the month!

We arrived back in Orlando around 8:30PM!! I don't think scott's sister was too pleased... oops! But hey, the tegs were done, and that's what really matters, right? I had a whole hour to relax after shower etc before the overnight shift at work, and here I am now that my shift is over. I'm actually heading back shortly to see a cam gear install and a caliper painting with swiftllamagone.

Our video was pretty informative (not to mention all of the qualities I mentioned before and then some ) so eventually I plan on getting it edited, compressed and up on an FTP site when I move and get my cable set up. We didn't get too many still pics, but I'll be posting them here, and I'm sure scott will be posting all of his too.

I'm still almost buzzed from yesterday. I probably left a bit out, but I'm sure the others will fill in all the cracks! Wish you all could have been there!
 

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Sound's like an eventful day. I had one of those days with a G2 and a 95 civic. Spring compressors are the work of God. Didn't use one on the civic and had to chase the strut out into the yard. We quickly went and rented one for the Teg.
Kinda related. At NOPI Nats 3 yrs ago,a guy in our hotel decided he could'nt wait to put his springs on his ITR. Let's just say he was chasing struts and washers all over the parking lot.We just sat back and ejoyed the show.
 

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Wow! Sounds like you guys (and Danielle) accomplished a lot! I guess my old Teg is no longer a mod virgin. And Art, I can't even picture your car without the faded red paint! Did you do the whole car or just a section to see how it would look?
 

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the whole car almost except the hood and hatch, due to being lifted during installation. :)
 

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o god...it was such a good time...next FL meet. i will def. bring the camera and the video..its plain hilarious, chris is a very..umm...determined man, and wont ever let any car defeat him!! thats what danielle says..lol..i got about 30 pics, but dont have a place to put them..but im sure ill manage. yes, david, your car is def. not virgin anymore..but i broke her in slowly! i promise!! i didnt push too hard. chris drove my car, and said its unusually strong (gooo david!) and he said i should hit a 15 flat!! woot..so now im determined to go to the track. and i did get to drive his car, by myself!! its a beast, its noise/power actually scared me...though it didnt feel much strong than my car, till i got to about 60..then it flew!
on the way back, me and art encountered a lil wanna be cool prelude (4th gen i think) and i was just on my cell phone, and art was in front, and he knew what to do...let the GSR tackle it. so i pulled next to him..tlaking to my sister on the cell phone, he jumps a couple times..i was like..whatever..never looked at him, then i found my self in 3rd gear going 90 and shifting to 4th b4 i knew what was happening...all the while still having a calm convo, w/ my sister...(note, the road was empy) art was left behind, he said i beat the car soo bad, even he could tell who won!! lol..it was about by 4-5 car lengths...good fun no doubt.
o ya, i just wanna say...that art has a new nickname..BC he claims it stands for big c0ck but uhhh...me and daneille def. know it stands for big/butt crack!! you will see why when i get some pics...lmao. eery time i watch the video, i start to cry!! hehehe...maybe art will be a sport and upload some outakes from the video for ya! anywho..id def. recomment chris as a mod installer if you live in FL..just feed him an energy drink and he runs around like a hyenna!! lol thanks again guyz!


o ya..and art, it starte at 3..the sturts..and went to 4..stiffer..and today, i put it on 5..I WANT NO BODY ROLL!! next up...neuspeed 4 way strut bar (reccommended by the man himself, chris) and some sort of rear sway bar...hhee..then i may be set for some autocrossing...after new tires...damnit..tires are $$$...nevermind autocrossing! lol
 

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hey scott im just wondering how was the drop? is it too low? is ur dad complaining about it? i just remembered u posted how ur dad was gonna measure how low it was.
 

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ok I'm wanting to lower my car with the neuspeed sports pretty soon. I went to see about renting a spring compressor at advanced and they said i had to buy it, but it was only like $30. Is this the same kind of compressor everybody else uses?
 

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I wish I coulda been there to help chris. I know he had hsi hands full with Art for one, (many years experiance dealing with him!.) Remember the TV Art? Anyway I hpe to be gettign upt here again soon with "the enemy," It needs some dyno tuning. But I also hope to get up there with the Teg soon as well, maybe go to the track.
 

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well we went to FOUR places before we found one that actually rents. first discount that said they didn't do it anymore, and didn't even have one to sell. second, napa who didn't rent but had one to sell for an INSANE price. third, another discount, they had one only to sell for $25. last, autozone finally had one to rent for FREE ($40 deposit).

Also, make sure you get the kind that goes on the outside of the spring, not inside.
 

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Xanaduce on Jul/25/02 said:
Remember the TV Art?
hmm... don't remember at the moment... there were just too many projects... i'd say remind me, but i think i'm going to regret it!
 

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Cars look very good, so now im planning on doing this to my car soon. Louse76, how is the ride with stock struts? I'm planning on using my stock LS struts for a while until i get the koni yellows. Was the job very difficult?
 

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knavekid on Jul/25/02 said:
Lot's of photos, but none of sproket13 actually doing any work. What's up with that?
Well let's just say that he didn't need to wash his hands when we were done...
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Actually he did plenty of work... he compressed then decompressed his illuminas, then he did it again... then he went and bought the subs... ha!

just playin, he did SOME work
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JJSurfer on Jul/25/02 said:
Louse76, how is the ride with stock struts? I'm planning on using my stock LS struts for a while until i get the koni yellows. Was the job very difficult?
The ride is nice. You also have to remember that I'm now using scott's stock 98 GSR struts. From what I'm told, they're the same as my stock ones, but if you compared them, there was a WORLD of difference because mine were so old. I see my car is the same year as yours... so if I were you I'd wait until you get the struts also.

The job wasn't really too bad when you do a few things like loosen the top bolt to the strut before taking them off the car. The part that made it so bad was compressing/decompressing springs by hand. You'll only need to do two though, no need to do the rear ones (we have video showing how non-dangerous the rear ones really are).

Will you be doing it yourself? If not, it will cost you just as much to put in the springs first as it will to take them out and put in the struts later, so keep that in mind!
 

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me and danielle did all the running around..and i videod alot...i woulda gotten dirty, but im pretty virgin to all this stuff...so i didnt wanna mess it up! david, your car went into good hands...everyone says it looks great, perfect, should have come from the factory like that...and im loving it! next mod. short shifter, shifter bushigns, and neuspeed 4 point strut brace. all for 200$ woohoo!! gotta love my local shop!



o and art...you kno the only tool i realy touched was the screw driver....to put it down the BC!! ROFL..
 

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DOOD...I told you this once, I'll tell you again...SCOTT YOUR NUTS! I don't even dare listen to the radio in my auto
while raceing! But the car looks hella sexy you guys did a good job I think Scott gonna take me for a ride friday night I'll elaborate then, you guys should have beaten him or something I had to put a cold air intake on by myself with the many interuptions by my dad!
 

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pay me and you get a ride. you think driving around dosent cost money? damn kids.
 

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Just playing about you not helping. Getting stuff was NO DOUBT a help. Without the vice grips we couldn't finish your suspension, and without the subs, chris would have died before we got to my car. Also, you did help with the compression, decompression near the end, remember?

And you can't be that much of a virgin... didn't you used to work in a shop? Before this I had: installed cd players and amps, removed stock airbox/resonator and put in SRI, painted wiper blades, changed oil, and put on new rims... the stuff ANYoNE can do
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