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    Changing springs

    Im changing the springs on my car tonight (provided the rain holds off).

    Iv read the how to guides etc, but just a few questions.

    - What size sockets etc do i need (Make sure iv got them all before i start)

    - Do you need to compress the lowering springs before fitting them?

    - Do you need to compress the rear springs?

    - Do you only need to undo one bolt on the rear to release the spring, and if so top or bottom bolt?

    Cheers for any help / advice.

    Dan

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    you need a E18 socket for the rear, i just relised the bottom.
    you dont need the compress for the rear, and yes you need the compress to remove the front srings.

    if im wrong im sure someone else on here will tell toy different

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    - What size sockets etc do i need (Make sure iv got them all before i start)
    cant help sorry

    - Do you need to compress the lowering springs before fitting them?
    the fronts yes using spring clamps

    - Do you need to compress the rear springs?
    no

    - Do you only need to undo one bolt on the rear to release the spring, and if so top or bottom bolt?
    yes, usualy the bottom one

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    Off the top of my head the shock mounts on the front are 18mm. That goea for both top nuts and both bottom nuts and bolts.

    Think its a 18mm or 17mm nut on the drop link with I think a 19mm or maybe 18mm spanner to stop them from turning.

    And the rear is as said above


    Quote Originally Posted by dp88 View Post

    - Do you need to compress the lowering springs before fitting them?

    The last two sets I did no I did not have to compress to get back on

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    Cheers,

    So the new springs might go on the front without compressing them? (I know the old ones will need to be compressed before taking them out) but if im putting the new ones in I didnt think they would need compressing, thought you compressed them to stop them springing out and hitting you when you undun the bolt lol

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    Depends on what springs you are using. But the spring wont shot at you when you undo the nut as you are doing the nut up not removing.

    If you cant get the top mount on and the nut use the spring compressors

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    Im with ya mate.

    I can see thing being a long night


    Do you know if I can check my cambers myself etc, as I didnt know if I should put the new alloys / tyres on etc incase tracking/camber is out after I lower it and it nacks my new tyres.

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    All you can do is look at it before and after. With out the proper stuff its very hard to do at home. Maybe take it to kwikfit etc and get tracking checked after. If I remember right if it does not need changing its free.

    You camber should be ok seeing its just springs you are fitting.

    Just when you are bolting the struts back up try and get all bolts in the same place. You will see what I mean when you remove the shock there will be marks where the bolts are

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    Thanks for your help mate.

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