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    Lowering springs

    How easy are these to fit DIY style?

    Any guides or hints and tips?

    I'm only gonna drop it 30-40mm coz I've got some new alloys for it and it looks rediculous up in the air on them.
    97 P reg Astra 1.6 8v X16SZR, and yes I have a Haynes manual

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    You'll need Spring Compressors and a decent Socket set with Torque Wrench mate and that about it I think!!!

    It makes life ten times easier if you use a ramp!!!!

    Elevate to take weight off rear of car and the rear suspension arms will drop downwards, compress springs and remove!!

    Click below for front.............

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    Astra-Sport Disclaimer - Please note that this is a guide only and Astra-Sport take NO responsibility for any damaged caused to yourself or vehicle whilst using this guide. If you are unsure how to do something leave it to the professionals. Your Insurance and warranty might be invalidated if this modification is done

    Okay here's a few tips on the rear.

    If your not sure about doing this, then leave it to someone who knows.
    This is a guide only.


    1, The springs (Vogtland 35mm):


    2, Ensure the car is jacked up safely and put on axle stands
    (make sure that the axle is used, do not place axle stands under the springs.):


    3, This is the spring as it stands with the car jacked up:


    4, Attach spring compressors to each side of the spring:


    5, Pull down on the wheel hub and remove the compressed spring:


    6, Carefully (VERY CAREFULLY) remove the spring compressors undoing them side by side bit by bit:


    7, The difference between the springs:


    8, Attach the spring compressors to the new spring and put in place.
    You may have to lever the wheel hub down like shown:


    The springs will take a bit of driving before they settle down.

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    Spotty Dog!
    97 P reg Astra 1.6 8v X16SZR, and yes I have a Haynes manual

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    So....is it easier to get the strut brace fitted the same time as the lowering springs????

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    What strut brace ?, Ahh the one in picture 8

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    i gues you would need to take the struts out altogether for the front?
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    Not that I've bottled out just yet , how much has everyone been charged to get this done before? What's a good price?
    97 P reg Astra 1.6 8v X16SZR, and yes I have a Haynes manual

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    RICHIE - Yes, the struts do come out on the fronts, but thats not as difficult as it sounds, infact quite easy on the Astras/Vectras. I'm an OK mechanic, and took me half hour to do both rears, and an hour and half to do both fronts. Spring Compressors are obviously a must have tool!!!!

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