HOW TO INSTALL COILOVERS
A DETAILED STEP -BY-STEP VIDEO GUIDE
In this video I show you how to install a set of coilovers in to an NB MX5. The process is almost identical for NA, and a lot of the same principles apply to just about every car. The video also covers the features and benefits of MCA Suspension coilovers, and why I chose them for Project MX5.
As someone who had never done anything like this before, the whole process took me around 4-5 hours on my own, and would definately be faster the next time having learned a few lessons in the process which are all covered in the video. I’d say allowing an hour per corner is reasonable. Faster still if you have a helper.
The only difficult part was getting the top nuts on the rear struts whilst holding them in place. I managed on one side but ended up getting helper on the other side to speed things up a bit and reduce the risk of dropping my shiny new MCA X-R coilovers.
Equipment & Tools Required:
Jack (or Hoist)
4 x Jack Stands (or Hoist)
A flat and even surface to work on
Wheel nut adaptor to suit your wheel nuts
Gloves (Optional but your hands will get VERY dirty without them!)
Torque Wrench (up to 95NM)
Breaker Bar (or 17mm wheel brace)
Deep Socket Set – (12mm – 20mm)
Extension Bar to suit Ratched/Sockets
Hex keys or Hex Head set for Ratchet
Penetrating lubricant to assist with bolt removal (I used WD-40)
Spring Compressors (Optional but recommended if you’re doing this on your own)