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Old 24 Mar 2004, 07:50 am
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HI all. I am thinking about lowering my silver 03 base model. I do not have the tools to do it myself so I will have to take it to a shop to have the work done. I can get the shocks themselves easily (for about a $100) but my question is: how much do you guys think a shop will charge to put the springs on and is an alignment a good idea afterward? Thanks for your help.
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Old 24 Mar 2004, 09:14 am
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Rears are a snap, no special tools needed. The front requires a spring compressor. As for alignment, always a good idea, but seems dependent on how much you lower - the lower you go the more likely you'll need it. I only did the rear, and did it myself, so I can't help with cost.
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you have to find a friend that works at a garage and will do your springs on the side. i think my brother pays the alignment guy 30-50 bucks to do an aligment after hours for him. he put springs in Yobiebs pt cruiser for him. if you are close to philadelphia, pa. hit me back
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All you need are some standard tools and a spring compressor, which you can rent. It's a very simple procedure, would probably take you a couple of hours to do.

To remove the front strut from the vehicle there are two bolts at the lower end of the front strut (plus a grounding wire) and three on the top end. Once the strut is removed you will need the spring compressor to remove the coil spring.

To remove the rear shock, there is one bolt at the top and one bolt at the bottom. The rear springs just pull out.

There are some pictures here http://www.randgraphics.org/PT_Cruis...isc_photos.htm

I would have the alignment checked after lowering. Most people have reported that an aligment was not required with lowering of up to 2 in.
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Old 24 Mar 2004, 12:21 pm
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Most people have reported that an aligment was not required with lowering of up to 2 in.
I used the Eibach Pro Kit and never needed the alignment. It was the first thing I did to the PT and there's been 50,000 miles with no front end problems. I rotate all 4 tires every other oil change (6,000 miles) and all the tires are wearing straight.
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I paid $ 150.00 for install front and rear at a Chrysler dealer . That included an alignment and some sort of shim package that was needed. I didn't think that was a bad deal coming from a dealer. Been "down" for 2 years now and no problems at all.
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Old 25 Mar 2004, 09:05 am
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that's not bad at all. all I'm looking to do is drop the front 1.5 and the rear 2. I hadn't even thought of calling the dealership I bought it from. thanks for the info
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I just lowered the back.only one bolt to take out
at the bottom of the shock.Easy
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I got quotes from a couple of local places that sell and install tires and shocks. They both wanted $250 to install the springs. Even places that sold the springs for about $250 retail wanted $450 - $500 for the springs and installation. I finally found a local mechanic working out of a small shop with a fair mix of American Muscle and he installed my GoldLines for $125 cash. Took him about 45 minutes, which isn't a bad hourly rate for him I suppose!
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