I always cut the wire when I get new struts...when i cut it (facing the shaft away from my face) it doesn't really travel at a fast pace so as long as common sense and attention is paid, you have nothing to worry about.
Thanks everyone! Now all I need is time. I am working 7 days a week for a while...planting time at my friend's farm. As far as I know the springs were the only thing changed, and the stock struts are still on the car. Hopefully they are not blown. The suspension is too taught to be able to tell, though it handles wonderfully on a smooth surface.
The springs are for sale. I guess Tom O asked first. How much are they new? I'm sure we can work out a fair price.
Ok, I spent several hours in the garage a few days ago putting the stock springs back on. It was frustrating at first, figuring out how to efficiently operate the spring compressors, and get all of the tools together to reach all of the bolts. It wasnt that difficult with a long cheater pipe
So the first side took an hour and 1/2 but the second side was more like 30 minutes. However when i got everything apart, i realized that the person who put the lowering springs in chucked out the dust covers. so i had to special order them from the honda dealer. Now i have to go back and put them in there...arrrg, but at least now i know how to do it quickly.
Thanks for the advice of spraying the bolts before hand. It must have helped.
Tom O: The lowering springs say "tuned by Matrix", and are orange or red (i cant remember). They are significantly shorter than stock, hence the removal of the dust cover. If you know how much these are new let me know, i will sell them at a reasonable price. But let me tell you the ride is stiff.
I couldn't find any new sets nor could I find used sets online. I'd say let the next person in line behind me have them if they want. I came across some springs that a friend of mine was selling last week and couldn't pass them up.
Well I finally got all 4 done. I broke one bolt in the back and had to remove the bolt on the other side of the lower arm to get the strut and springs back in. It rides so nice now. Unfortunately, i am still waiting for a couple dust covers for the two in the rear, so i'll do it again quickly when those arrive.
I finally put two of these on the back shocks.... the only problem is that I did not have to compress the springs to get them onto the shock.... ie they are shorter than the max extenstion. Was this also the case when you pulled them off and disassembled?
The are on a OK (stiffer than heck though)... but I have had a couple of good bounces where you could tell the shock extended to the point the spring was actually loose on the shock... then slammed back into place.