I just recently changed out my front struts with some Bilstein HD's and my front rotor and pads with R1 Concept E-line cross drilled/slotted rotors and posi quiet extended wear pads (sintered metal...not ceramic)
You will need:
Spring compressors (rented from autozone)
Asorted wrenches Mostly Metric
Air tools (nice to have and make life easier...but socket set will work)
Air Compressor (good one! you will need to air for the spring compressors)
4' 2x4 for help with pushing the lower control arm down and give you room to remove the strut.
Jack up the SUV and put jack stands under the frame (safety first!(
Remove wheel and set aside
There are 3 nuts on top of the frame bucket with Strut sticking through see picture below
The is one big bolt with nut on lower control arm see picture below
Remove the 3 nuts on top and the big bolt and nut below and put in safe place as you will reuse this hardware
Next take the 4' 2x4 and place it like so in the picture below
Next it's time to transfer the spring to the new strut
A vise would be nice for this...but I did it without one
Put the rented spring compressors in place and slowly and evenly compress the spring. Once the spring is loose and the top spring plate can move freely it's time to remove the top nut on the strut piston shaft. I used an 8mm socket on the strut piston shaft and wrench on the nut (don't remember what size off hand) and be careful! As Drivers side sheared...and that was not fun!
Remember to place the big washer that came with the Bilstein HD's on before anything else gets put on the strut! (FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS THAT WERE IN THE BOX!)
Then put on the spring and spring plate (my upper spring plate isolators where still in very good shape but you may want to replace them if they are torn or if you just want too). REMEMBER to place the spring in the same place (with the end of it outward as in the picture!
Then put the new nut (from the Bilstein HD's kit) on and tighten according to the specs on the Instructions that were included...I believe its 40ft lbs.
Then it's time to replace into the SUV.....using your big 2x4 and a helper get it back into place.
Tighten the 3 nuts on top and the big bolt and nut (don't recall the specs off hand...but I did them good and tight) Double check your work on both sides!
You will need:
Assorted Metric sockets
an old wire hanger for hanging caliper
Anti squeal for the back of the pads (optional)
air tools are nice for this job too...since the caliper hanger is held on with some good lock tight on the 2 big bolts!
Small block of wood (for the c-clamp for pushing the pistons back into the caliper)
May need to remove some brake fluid from the res if you have to push the pistons way in. (check before you start anything....it's always easy to add brake fluid) REMEMEBER brake fluid is hard on paint!!!!!!!!!! so be careful!
I turned the wheel to expose the work area for ease of working
Remove the 2 caliper bolts and place in safe place for reuse
Remove the caliper and hang with wire hanger on frame or upper A-arm
Next remove the little gromit that is going to be in the way as in the picture below
Now remove the 2 large bolts (lock tight has been used and they can be a bear to get off...a big cheater bar maybe your best friend!)
Clean the hanger up and set aside
Next remove the old rotor....mine was on there pretty good and I used a rubber mallet to get it off....clean the area that the new rotor will sit on (hub) and you may want to put a little anti seize if its prone to rusting
Finally its time to put the new rotor on....I clean my new rotors off with brake cleaner to make sure there is no protective film or oil (just habbit) and put them into place
Now put the caliper hanger back in place and bolts back on with a small dab of lock tight and put the gromit back into its place.
Next is the new pads on the hanger and then the caliper back in place and bolts back on and tighten to spec.
Double check your work and time to check the brakes and check fluid!
Put the wheel back on and take your time to break them in...it didn't take long on mine....and I love my R1's!
Good look too!
If I missed anything please feel free to add to this thread.
Finally time to enjoy a cold beer and sit back and count the money you just saved!!!!!