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    Exclamation How do I change springs on Astra G???

    As above, planning to change my lowering springs back to original next weekend but wanna do them myself.

    I heard the rear ones are easier than the front.

    Can some one link me to or tell me how to change the springs in a step by step preferably with pictures?

    Im hoping some one can help me. Really dont want to pay £60 in labour charges at a garage to get them to change it back to standard for me ... cheers!

    I'll be putting 1.6 SXi springs on a 1.4 Astra G LS ... will their be any problems with that ???

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    for starts you need a spring compressor.
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    And then refer to the How To's or a haynes manual

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    Quote Originally Posted by rizo
    for starts you need a spring compressor.
    not neccesarily if you have never done it before they you do but ive never used them shame your so far away would of done it for ya for half that money

    pretty simple thought mate invest in a haynes manuel should tell you all you need to know
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    Come on ... their has to be some one on here that can help with a how to on doing it?? ...

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    Shock, it's easy aslong as you have the right tools. Get a swan neck 18mm ring spanner and your life will be A LOT easier! also don't scrimp on cheap spring compressors, and having 2 decent trolley jacks also makes things easyier

    The rears are easy:

    Do one side at a time so as not to put strain on the brake cables by having the rear axle just hanging.

    Jack car up, axle stands, wheel off, compress spring, undo lower shock mount. pull spring out. compress new spring and insert it, remove spring compressors, do shock mount up. reapeat other side!

    The fronts are a little harder..... see next post

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    Again, jack the car up, remove the wheel, remove the ARB drop link (18mm nut on front, 19mm open ended spanner on the back) caution it will be under tension, remove the two bolts the hold the strut on and then undo the steering knuckle, careful not to damage the brake disc, caliper or break cables as the hub will move. Under the bonnet undo the top mounts and you should now be able to remove the strut.

    using a work bench to hold the strut, compress the spring, remove the top hat and then take the spring off, compress new spring, and insert it, put top parts back on in reverse order. align the spring and remove the compresssors. fit back to car! reapeat other side.

    THIS IS A ROUGH GUIDE! use thread lock and the correct torque settings on all bolts! double check EVERYTHHING is secure and fitted correctly before you do a test drive.

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    Right, rears I can defo do ... but the front is scaring me.

    Think i'll go to the garage for the fronts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShoCk
    Think i'll go to the garage for the fronts.
    LOL, thats a safe bet in my book. If your not sure and don't have the correct tools get a garage to do it.

    Don't forget to get your suspension geometry checked afterwards!

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