Nissan Cube – Installing lowering springs

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#8220;Operation Dropbox#8221; Installing lowering springs on Nissan Cube

Had a couple between projects yesterday, so I up the A/C in the garage (it was 115 degrees out!) and out the tools.

Our #8217;09 Cube has 650 on the odometer, so what better to start taking it apart and it? Since it shares the same as the Versa, lowering springs are available. I selected the Megan brand, mostly for cost and recognizing that it#8217;s hard to mess up a coil (especially when they#8217;re all made by some other and just powdercoated a different depending on whose brand is on the box).

Anyway, this is a real project, and a good starting for a novice#8230; Versa owners, instructions will apply to cars, so follow along.

sure you have a pair of compressors on hand (rent AutoZone), as well as a 13, 14, 19, 21 and 23mm

I used a cordless impact for speed and simplicity #8211; my favorite tool in the whole and well worth the money spend on one. Otherwise, a air wrench and some impact will save you some

Get the front of the car in the air and supported on jack No need to get it way up there, just get the tires off the ground. Remove the wheels and open the hood#8230;

Just for fun, mount up a -26 offset black mesh Wow. Think we#8217;re need some 3#8243; to run those!

(Just kidding Those are for a different project Back to work.

You#8217;ll that only two of the strut bolts (under hood) are Yep, that#8217;s right one is behind the firewall. Fortunately, built in a nifty little plastic cover to allow to the third one.

Pop it out with a and use an extension on your 13mm See picture to the left:

VERY IMPORTANT: Magnetize the or extension with a good magnet. If you drop the strut bolt removing it through the #8220;hatch#8221;, you#8217;ll never, find it. Yep. I did it. Oops.

I have about forty million Nissan bolts, and a replacement easily enough.

Get all strut tower bolts out and to the wheelwell area.

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The strut is in place by two large bolts / at the bottom and those three tower bolts up top (under the which you just removed. you get after the large bolts, the brake line retaining and slide the brake sensor harness out of its brackets. Remove the holding the sway bar arm to the strut then remove the two big bolts.

Pull the entire strut / assembly out and set it aside.

Use the spring and remove the top nut on the strut. Some say #8220;don#8217;t use air tools#8221; on this. don#8217;t. I did, but you shouldn#8217;t.

the hat, remove the coil undo the compressors, place on the new spring, and install it on the strut of removal). Reinstall the entire You#8217;ll want a helper to the upper strut tower in while you position the assembly

Once both sides are make sure you have all tools, everything is tight, and get the car off the jackstands #8211; it#8217;s to do the rear springs.

The rears are #8211; easy! Get the tail of the car up on but this time, make the rear tires are about off the ground. No need to remove the Place the jack under the control arm, directly the spring, and jack it up just a (enough to support the spring).

the silver bolt that through the lower shock

Now, the fun part: Place jack handle in the round arm (where the lower shock attaches to). Have an press down on it. This free the coil spring.

Remove it, and swap the rubber onto your new spring and it.

Once it#8217;s installed, your assistant lift up on the handle to compress the spring a Reinstall the lower shock bolt. Repeat on the other torque your bolts, and finished!

Now, don#8217;t to go get an alignment afterwards, or you#8217;ll be up tires. Don#8217;t be a cheapskate. important.

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