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First off, you’ll need the following tools.

Floor jack
Jack stands
Spring compressor
½ socket wrench and extensions, 3/8 will work too, but not recommended. (Air tools HIGHLY recommended)
Hammer, Breaker Bar, or a long hollow pipe to break the bolts loose.
Flat head screwdriver
Phillips/star head screw driver
Grinder or wizzer
10 mm socket
12 mm socket
14 mm socketS and open ended wrench
17 mm socketS and open ended wrench
19 mm socket
1 big ass pair of channel locks
Creeper if a lift isn’t available

Jack the car up the front on both sides using the jack stands. Make sure you have something to secure the vehicle from rolling backwards.

Use the 19mm socket and remove the wheels. Once removed, there is the brake line with a U shaped clip that holds the brake line to the strut. Pull the clip out and the line away from the strut. Then you will see 2 bolts that you’ll need to remove with the 17mm socket and open-ended wrench.
Yellow circle is the U clip.
Red circle is the bolts.

*DISCLAIMER*Not sure this install is 100% correct
 

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Open the hood. There are 3 bolts (14mm) that hold the top of the strut in.
Unbolt the 3 nuts and the strut will fall out. Repeat process for the other side… Make sure you remember which side is which. Go to the spring compressor and remove the springs. The top bolt hold the spring in is a 17mm.
If you don’t know how to use a spring compressor you SHOULDN’T BE DOING THIS!!!
It kinda looks like this.
 

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There is a rubber sleeve that sits over the strut that you will have to remove. Just pull it off. There is also a circular disc that sits on the top of the factory springs. You won’t need it anymore, so don’t try to re-install it.
The strut will look like this when you are finished.
 

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Now is when you grind the crap out of this lip to make it flush.
 

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It should look like this when finished…
 

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The bottom of the perch assembly is the part with the holes.
The perch assembly should have the hex screws placed into it. The ring without the lip should go on the bottom. The ring with the lip should be on top with the lip facing up. The rubber ring should go on top of that. (The rubber ring in the pic is wrong so disregard its position.)
 

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Slide the perch assembly over the strut and tighten the hex screws with the allen key they provided. I circled the hex screws in yellow. The rubber grommet is in the correct position. And it should look like this…
 

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Finish off by installing the top plate. The entire assembly should look like this.
 

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Re-install unit into the car. When you have the 2 bottom bolts in (the 17mm ones), you’ll notice that it slides a little… Make sure you pull the strut assembly toward you as hard as you can before you tighten these nuts. (Red arrows signify which direction to pull, which is away from the motor, towards you).
 

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Bolt up the top and you should be OK!
 

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For the back tires. Same as the front. Secure the vehicle and jack it up. Remove the wheels. Remove the two 17mm bolts (circled in red). There is a sway bar and a bolt holding onto the strut. You will need a 14mm socket and a 14mm open-ended wrench (circled in yellow). Unbolt the sway bar using both tools. Then unbolt the brake line (also circled in yellow).
 

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Taking out the back seat. There are two 14mm bolts facing the back side of the from seats. If you were sitting in the back seat they would be hitting the back of your knees Remove the bottom of the seat. Now you see screws holding in the vertical portion of the back seat. The screws are located in the bottom right corners, use either a 10mm or a phillips head screw driver to remove. I circled where the screws and bolts are. Once the screws are out push in and up on the seat to remove it.
 

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(If you have replaced the speakers in the rear, you can skip this paragraph)
You can remove the rear deck by pulling the center brake light directly towards you. Unclip the wire. Now pull the center of the deck straight up. You might need a long screw drive to pry this up. Work your way out to the ends. Remove the deck.

Now you have exposed the rear strut top mount. There will be a goofy brass colored metal circle that has a huge hex opening at the top. Grab that huge pair of pliers and turn counter clockwise.
 

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Once that is removed you can remove the three 14mm bolts holding in the top of the strut.
The strut will fall out.
 

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Go to the spring compressor and repeat then previous process, except this time the top bolt holding the strut is 19mm. When re-assembled it should look SIMILAR to this.
 

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Make sure the perches are lowered to the maximum. Later it will help you gauge how much you and raise and lower it. Now re-install the struts. Make sure the rubber ring is aligned the spring when you lower it. I circled the rubber ring in yellow.
 

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Drop the car…. It will be low as hell. This is the lowest the car can be dropped.
 

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I jacked up the car and turned the REAR perches 15 revolutions. This is what the REAR looks like. It’s not tucked but it’s close enough.
 

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I turned the front 10 revolutions. Here is the final outcome of the install.
 

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In this pic I had the front raised to 15 revolutions… I thought it was to high… Later I lowered it by 5 revolutions… So the front is now 10 revolutions (Not pictured)

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