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    alternatives to spring clamps!

    are there any alternatives? im in no rush to drop my car, i have everything bar the spring clamps but was just thinking today of what could i possibly use instead?

    I know its not recommended without clamps but can anyone shed light on some other possible techniques to clamp the spring while removing from the shock?

    cable ties?

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    in a word NO..

    buy spring vlamps and stop being stupid lol

    for the sake of £20 and keeping your eyes, head and any other body parts that it will take when the spring goes just dont!

    have you ever seen a spring unload from the shocky ?
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    you dont need spring clamps to change them on an astra.
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    to do it safely i would strongly suggest you spend the £9.95 and get them tho...

    the front springs are under tension and when u undo the last wee bit o thread they give a good punch..

    why do people fork out thousands on bits for there car yet skrimp on something that is designed to save your body parts if it go tits up? also it takes the pressure off the shocky therefor making the disasemble of the thing easyer too.
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    what you need to do is jack the car up and remove the wheel, losen the bolts holding the strut on, but leave the bolts in place, younow need to undo the top nut holding the whole spring/strut asembly together. before you undo this fully, take the weight on the strut with another jack. whent he top nut is undone the spring will be loose. just remove the strut by pulling out the bolts.

    to refit is abit more complicated and may require 4 hands.

    you should be able to losely assemble the spring onto the strut and get the top nut started to hold it all together. when you have simply just refit the strut and the bolts that hold it in place, and just continue to tighten the top nut.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glasgow_Stu View Post
    to do it safely i would strongly suggest you spend the £9.95 and get them tho...

    the front springs are under tension and when u undo the last wee bit o thread they give a good punch..

    why do people fork out thousands on bits for there car yet skrimp on something that is designed to save your body parts if it go tits up? also it takes the pressure off the shocky therefor making the disasemble of the thing easyer too.
    a question for you;

    how will a spring cause bodily injry when the whole strut and spring assembley is inside the wheel arch/strut tower?
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    the correct way to change the spring is to remove the full assembly from the car not do a bodge job on the car

    im not saying ur way wont work because i have done it myself in the past.

    anyway its to late for this now....

    you can do it many diff ways and i have done so in the past too BUT the safe way and the best way is to remove the strut from the car complete and do it with clamps..

    well atleast thats how i was taught to do it at college!
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    Given the price of spring clamps, and the ease of changing the front springs when using them, trying to do it any other way is just asking for trouble especially for those who have never changed the springs before.

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    ... plus you can line everything up - spring seats, and end stops etc etc - far easier when they are off the car.

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