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    Fitting price for lowering

    Hello,
    i have bought a second hand Apex sport suspension kit for my MK3 astra, has anyone got a sort of guide price for a garage to fit the kit.
    I have the rear dampers and springs the fronts are the assembled legs, already with the astra parts fitted.
    Thanks
    My mk3,117K, and the engine is still going strong
    shame about the car shell tho,lol.

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    I'll fit an Astra MK3 setup for £40 cash

    Garages will be nearer £75 TBH

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    I am gonna have a go at the rears myself as that looks a lot easier, have you got a guide to do the fronts, just a few points, what do you need to remove etc.
    Cheers
    My mk3,117K, and the engine is still going strong
    shame about the car shell tho,lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big_Up_Vauxhall
    I am gonna have a go at the rears myself as that looks a lot easier, have you got a guide to do the fronts, just a few points, what do you need to remove etc.
    Cheers
    Front shock replacement on MK3 is a bit of a bugger, but you asked

    As you got the whole strus done already you gat away without doing the ******* part.

    1. Jack up corner.
    2. Remove road wheel.
    3. Remove Caliper - no need to undo hose, just move out of the way - do not let it dangle on the hose, so tie it up out of the way with string.
    4. Undo role bar to wishbone joint.
    5. Undo cotterpin & driveshft nut ('kin tight and under metal cap in centre of hub) and push driveshaft out of hub.
    6. Undo bottom swivel nut, crack the taper and lever wishbone out from strut.
    7. Undo the two top nuts and lower strut out of car.

    Reassemble with the new bits.

    You will need to replace the driveshaft nuts and cotterpins, locking pin on the bottom swivel and possibly the two rollbar/wishbone joints.

    You'll need a haynes or similar for the torque setting, especially for the driveshaft nut, as it needs to be precise.

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    Sounds pretty difficult, is this procedure covered in more detail in the haynes manual.
    At least i can do the rears, even if i pay to have the fronts done.
    My mk3,117K, and the engine is still going strong
    shame about the car shell tho,lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big_Up_Vauxhall
    Sounds pretty difficult, is this procedure covered in more detail in the haynes manual.
    At least i can do the rears, even if i pay to have the fronts done.
    Yeah tis covered in the haynes, it's not difficult but you do need some specialist tools. Also a good way to learn how all the bits work as well, but doing the rears yourself is a good start.

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    I paid 3 hours labour at my local garage to fit the front springs and to put in new inserts, it came to £109. The was only due to not having a clue where to start on the front suspension. Why cant it be like a Nova, Corsa or a Mk2 Astra!!
    Now drives : 2002 Astra SRi Turbo in Black
    PREVIOUS ASTRA'S : 1990 GTE 2.0 8v | 1993 1.4 GLS | 1994 1.6 Cesaro | 1995 1.8 16v Sport

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    Yeah i know, i have done a Nova, but its just unbolt bottom, unbolt top slide out, slide back on bolt back up.
    BUt not with MK3 astra, what kind of specialist tools are required, i don't fancy paying £100ish to just get the front fitted.
    I am gonna do the rears tomorrow, probably end up having a go at the front some time as well.
    My mk3,117K, and the engine is still going strong
    shame about the car shell tho,lol.

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    dtm_chris - Mk1, 2 and 3 astras are all the same set up - inserts on the front.

    Specialist tools (apart from usual sockets, spanners etc etc.) needed - ansd this is from memory

    Big deep socket for the driveshaft nut.
    Balljoint spiltter.
    Breaker bar/ short length of scaffold tube
    Torque wrench.

    That should do most of the 'getting the leg out' process.

    If you need to strip it down...

    Coil spring compressors
    a bench with decent vice
    a garden spade (invaluable - honest).

    That's most bits - have I missed anything, anyone??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ffoeg
    dtm_chris - Mk1, 2 and 3 astras are all the same set up - inserts on the front.

    Specialist tools (apart from usual sockets, spanners etc etc.) needed - ansd this is from memory

    Big deep socket for the driveshaft nut.
    Balljoint spiltter.
    Breaker bar/ short length of scaffold tube
    Torque wrench.

    That should do most of the 'getting the leg out' process.

    If you need to strip it down...

    Coil spring compressors
    a bench with decent vice
    a garden spade (invaluable - honest).

    That's most bits - have I missed anything, anyone??
    Deffo looks like a garage job,
    had a go at the rears today, couldn't manage it, got the damper off but the suspension arm wouldn't go low enough for the spring to come off, trying for 3hours, so ended up just putting the damper back on.
    Have to wait to get some cash for a garage.
    My mk3,117K, and the engine is still going strong
    shame about the car shell tho,lol.

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