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    mk4 rear springs dont like me

    a little rant here..

    My car went in for a service today at my local (family ridden) vaux garage... i got a phone call this afternoon saying all was fine apart from the headlight adjustor motor was bolloxed (which i knew about anyway) and both rear springs had snapped .. NOW i've had the car for 2 1/2 years now and i've already had to have the 1 rear spring replaced once before... which has lasted about 18months and the other one now has gone aswell....

    It is winding me up to be fair as i've driven about 25 cars/vans since i've past my test.. my astra been the 3rd one i've owned myself and ive never snapped a spring on anything else i've driven.. even company vehicles which i give loads of shit to and ignore speed bumps half the time.. yet have always been ok with springs.

    im wondering though... are the astra Sri springs more stiffly sprung making then weaker on speed bumps/pot holes or is something seriously wrong with my car??
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    it seems to be a problem with vauxhalls

    my corsa needed a new rear spring at both MOTs i put it through

    my parents old mk3 astra needed new rear springs at least every other year

    my current mk 4 will need new springs this year I think
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    springs on the astras are known for snapping mate, i've just swapped mine for eibachs, still have the standard sri ones if you're interested?

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    im in the hunt for some new springs mate and was going for these:

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Jamex-Lowering...item4cea5ef930

    jamex are fairly decent reputation apparantly and it comes with a 5 year manufacturers warranty, and it lowers the car 40mm, no need to change shocks droplinks etc.

    so if it breaks you can get a free replacement

    not bad for £70ish quid


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    although after a quick google people seem to prefer gmax?

    http://www.corsacentre.com/Nova%20co...tID=20&CarID=1

    found those cheaper than the jamex!


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    astra lowering springs

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    As said, it's a common problem on the Mk4.
    All rear springs are the same across the range, the front ones will vary depending on what engine is fitted (due to weight).
    I had to relace one recently for MOT, managed to pick up a pair of aftermarket SXi/SRi spec springs for £50.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbrislpg View Post
    Where would I get some lowering springs?

    eBay, lmf, any mod shop...

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    try aftermarket springs rather than vauxhalls which are pigtail wound and notorious for snapping in the seats. most aftermarket ones are constant wound and avoid the snapping issue. i have had spring issues on the wifes corsa and it stopped once i went for constant springs.

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