Removal of the Stock Front Springs
1. Starting on the driver's side of the vehicle, remove the sway bar link at the shock. You will need a 15mm socket to remove the nut.
2. Next remove the brake line bracket bolt using an 8mm socket.
3. Separate the lower ball joint from the spindle by removing the bolt. You will need a 15mm wrench or socket and a T-55 torx key. Once the bolt has been removed you may need a pry bar to separate the ball joint from the spindle. Be careful not to damage the ball joint boot while completing this step.
4. Remove the bolt that holds the lower shock to the spindle using a 15mm socket.
5. At this point, remove the shock from the spindle. You may need to use a chisel and hammer to help separate the clamp holding in the shock.
6. Repeat steps 1-5 for the passenger side of the vehicle.
7. Now move to the top of the vehicle. Start by removing the windshield wipers. Remove the rubber cover off of each windshield wiper to access the 15mm nut underneath. Remove each wiper. Remember which side is which for reinstallation later.
8. Remove the two (2) Torx and four (4) plastic fasteners on the top of the cowl. Remove the upper portion of the cowl and set aside.
9. Underneath, there are two (2) 10mm fasteners holding the next layer of cowl in place. Remove them and remove the cowl.
10. You now have access to remove the upper top hat bolts. Starting on the driver's side, remove the three (3) bolts holding the top hat to the chassis using a 13mm socket or wrench. Be careful when doing so as this is the last thing holding the shock assembly to the vehicle.
11. Pull the shock assembly out of the car.
12. Repeat for the passenger side.
13. Using a spring compressor, compress the spring to release tension from the top hat. Once the spring is compressed, remove the nut holding the top hat using a 19mm socket. Be careful that the spring does not shoot off when removing the nut and hat.
14. Remove the stock spring and repeat for the passenger side.