How to Install Lowering Springs on a Honda Civic

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The Honda Civic is a popular compact sports car built for speed and styling. Because of its popularity, the Civic remains a mainstay in Honda's stable of top-selling compact cars. The basic platform has pretty much stayed the same with regards to drivetrain and engine specifications. However, there are a great number of enthusiasts that modify, show and drive this model of Honda car. One modification that many Civic owners perform is to install lowering springs on the struts to improve handling and give their Civics a more aggressive look. Installing lowering springs is a simple task and can be accomplished by anyone with the proper tools.

Things You'll Need

  • Coil spring compressors
  • Coil spring set
  • Socket set
  • Ball joint removal tool
  • Jack
  • Use the jack to raise the struts up until the spring is compressed. Install the coil spring compressor on the coil spring and remove the lug nuts. Pull the wheel off of the hub and pop the hood to remove the nut from the top of the strut tower.

  • Use the ball joint removal tool to pop the ball joint from the strut and then slide the strut tower out from under the car. Pull the compressed spring off of the strut tower and unbolt the coil spring compressor.

  • Install the new coil spring on the tower and slide the entire apparatus back into place under the car. Tighten the mounting bolt on top of the tower and remount the ball joint. Mount the wheel back on the wheel studs and then lower the car to the ground.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be cautious when decompressing the stock springs as you do not want the spring to slip out of the compressor.

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