1995-2002 Lincoln Continental Front Conversion Kit Installation Manual - Strutmasters
1995-2002 Lincoln Continental Front Conversion Kit Installation Manual
Take a look at our easy-to-follow 1995-2002 Lincoln Continental Front 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:
- FB2FB- 2 Coilover Strut Assemblies
- FB24B- 2 Eibach Coil Springs, 2 Coilover Struts, and 4 Mounts.
- FB24F- 2 Eibach Coil Springs, 2 Gas/Hydraulic Shocks, 2 Coilover Struts, and 4 Mounts.
- Read general service precautions
- Wear Eye Protection
- Support the vehicle
- Remove air suspension parts
- Install conversion kit
- 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
Front 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.
- Turn off air switch.
- Loosen but do not remove the three top mount-to-shock tower nuts, see Fig 1.
- Raise the vehicle on the hoist.
- Remove tire and wheel assembly.
- Remove air spring solenoid retaining clip, see Fig 2.
- Rotate the solenoid clockwise to the first stop. (pull out to let the air vent from the spring). See Fig 3.
- Rotate the solenoid again and remove, see Fig 4.
- Remove the brake hose bracket from the front strut.
- Remove the wire holders from the bracket.
- Remove the vinyl cover from the upper stabilizer link stud. Remove stabilizer bar link nut, and remove stabilizer bar from the strut. remove the nut using the hex-hold feature, see Fig 5.
- Disconnect the height sensor from the lower ball stud and position out of the way.
- Release the plastic inner fender apron by removing the five Phillips head screws and two plastic pins, pull back to access the electrical plug for the strut dampening unit. (if applicable) Disconnect the plug and release the sire from the plastic holders. NOTE: Make sure you don't damage or remove the actuator mounted to the side of the strut. This will destroy the strut.
- Push the plastic inner apron back into place and fasten.
- Remove the strut to knuckle pinch bolt and nut. Lightly spray the pinch joint with penetrating lubricant. Use a large screwdriver to slightly spread the strut pinch joint if needed to remove the strut assembly from the steering knuckle.
- Remove the three top-mount-to strut nuts and remove the strut and spring assembly from the vehicle.
- CAUTION: Do not allow the half shaft (driveshaft) to move outboard. Over-extension of the tripod front wheel drive joint could result in separation of internal parts, causing failure of the joint.
Front Conversion Kit Installation InstructionsStep 2
- Install front shock absorber (strut) and spring assembly and three top mount-to-shock tower nuts; leave the nuts loose.
- Position the front shock absorber (strut) into the front wheel knuckle.
- Install the front strut to the front wheel knuckle pinch bolt and nut. Tighten to 98-132 Nm (73-98 ft. lbs.). CAUTION: Use extreme care not to damage boot seal. Do not use power tools to tighten the nut or bearing and seal damage will result. Use the hex hold feature to prevent stud from rotating. NOTE: After reassembly of wheel end, make sure the front wheel drive half shaft is fully inserted into the transaxle. Visually inspect the seal area. Some polished surface is due to axial run out and is normal. Grasp the inboard housing and gently pull outward. A slight drag from the snap ring should be felt. Failure to fully seat half shaft into transaxle may result in premature failure of the half shaft or transaxle.
- Install stabilizer bar link to front shock absorber (strut) and install the stabilizer bar link nut. Tighten to 77-103 Nm (57-75 ft. lbs.). Install stud cover.
- Connect air suspension height sensor to lower height sensor ball stud.
- Install screw and front brake hose to front shock absorber (strut). Tighten screw to 15 Nm (11 ft. lbs.)
- Install tire and wheel assembly. Tighten lug nuts to 115-142 Nm (85-105 ft.lbs.).
- Lower vehicle.
- Tighten three top mount-to-shock tower nuts to 30-40 Nm (23-29 ft.lbs.).
Front Conversion Kit installation now complete.