1988-1994 Lincoln Continental Rear Conversion Kit Installation Manual

Take a look at our easy-to-follow 1988-1994 Lincoln Continental Rear Conversion Kit Installation Manual to learn how to install your new Strutmasters air suspension conversion kit. Our step-by-step instructions include pictures to help you along the way.

Lincoln Continental parts included in this kit:

  • 2 Coilover Strut Assemblies

Getting Started

  1. Read general service precautions
  2. Wear Eye Protection
  3. Support the vehicle
  4. Remove air suspension parts
  5. Install conversion kit
  6. Disable the ride control light

Tools needed for installation:

  • Metric socket set
  • Floor Jack
  • Jack Stands
  • Metric Wrench Set
  • Screw Drivers (Phillips and Flat Head)
  • Wire Cutter/Stripper/Crimping Tool
  • Level Work Surface
  • Spring Compressor (If Applicable)
  • Allen Wrenches

Rear Air Strut Removal InstructionsStep 1

Caution: A sudden release of pressure may cause personal injury or damage to the vehicle. The air suspension system is under pressure until the air supply lines are disconnected. Use the following precautions when servicing the air suspension system: Wear gloves, ear protection, and eye protection. Wrap a clean cloth around the air supply lines. The vehicle must be raised to perform this conversion! Use proper lifting equipment only! Read instructions carefully before attempting installation, if you have problems during the install then feel free to call our Technical Support Line. Please before calling for technical help, have your invoice handy.

  1. Turn "OFF" air suspension switch in the trunk.
  2. Raise the vehicle and remove the wheels (Support the vehicle by the frame so that there is no load on the suspension).
  3. Disconnect the electrical connector and the air line from the air spring solenoid.
  4. Remove the air spring solenoid retaining clip, see Fig 1.
  5. Rotate the air spring solenoid counterclockwise to the first stop. Pull solenoid out slowly to the second stop to bleed the air pressure from the spring, rotate the solenoid counterclockwise to the third stop and remove from the housing, see Fig 2, Fig 3, and Fig 4.
  6. Disconnect the plastic height sensor arm from the ball stud mount and position out of the way, see Fig 5 & Fig 6.
  7. On the lower control arms remove the two 13mm nuts from the "L" shape spring (torsion spring). After removing the two 13mm nuts pry the spring loose from the bolts. Note: Be very careful the torsion spring is under pressure, pry from the top side to get the spring loose from the bolts.
  8. Unbolt the spring from the strut. (there is a nut holding the spring retaining brackets to the strut) Note: Discard the torsion spring - you will not need this with the new struts.
  9. Unbolt the brake line from the strut.
  10. Unbolt and remove the sway bar link.
  11. Remove the spindle bolt. (you may have to spray this down with a little penetrating fluid).
  12. Unplug the electrical connection leading to the actuator on the top of the strut. (if applicable)
  13. Unbolt the top of the strut in the trunk.
  14. Remove the strut from the vehicle. (You may have to have someone pry down on the spindle and control arm assembly so the strut will clear the fender) NOTE: Tie back the air solenoid connections behind the plastic inner apron so the strut will clear the fender.

Rear Conversion Kit Installation InstructionsStep 2

  1. Install the Conversion Kit struts in reverse order.
  2. Tighten all mounting hardware to the following specifications:
    • Strut to top mount nuts to 44-59 ft.lbs.
    • Strut-to-spindle bolt to 50-68 ft.lbs.
    • Stabilizer bar nuts to 25-34 ft.lbs.
    • Wheel lug nuts to 85-105 ft.lbs.
  3. (2 wheel kit only) - Securely plug the two rear air lines with a tight fitting screw and epoxy. Turn the air ride switch in the trunk back ON.
  4. (4 wheel kit only) - Disconnect the air compressor or air compressor fuse. The dampening actuators will not be used on your conversion kit struts.

Rear Conversion Kit installation now complete.

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