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Changing coilovers

Postby Rob » Mon Mar 24, 2008 10:24 am

I've been looking into what's involved in changing coilovers in the manuals The only bit I'm not too sure about is that it says you need to disconnect the upper suspension arm to change the front shock absorber. It says you need a specialist tool to do this. I was wondering if this is necessary? Is there anything else you need to watch out for?

Also, I don't have any manual for the coilovers. Does anyone have a guide on the different adjustments and how to set them up correctly?

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Postby Bobby » Mon Mar 24, 2008 1:40 pm

ya should be able to manage it yourself. i done mine without any "specialist" tools.
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no tools

Postby babog » Mon Mar 24, 2008 3:34 pm

Ye id say go for.
i did mine myself without any special tools no problem
Id say just watch your brake cables.
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Postby Rob » Sat Apr 05, 2008 8:36 pm

I gave it my best shot, but I wasn't able to compress the springs enough on the old shocks to take them out. The workshop manual neglected to say this was necessary. I went out and got compression clamps but they wouldn't reach from the top coil to the bottom as they aren't all the same width. Frustratingly, I was within 1cm of clearing the hole in the body but it just wasn't quite enough.
Rather than doing something that could potentially remove a finger if it gave way, I decided to quit while I was ahead and put everything back the way it was.

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Postby elexes » Sat Apr 05, 2008 8:46 pm

a wise man once said its better to of loved and lost then never loved at all.
congrats on trying and im sure you will get it
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Postby Dan » Sat Apr 05, 2008 11:34 pm

if you can get access to a set of ramps you dont need any clamps, just what the bar is called that the bottom of the shock is, get a strong metal bar and get some good leverage and pull down, should give you enough clearance, really a 2 man job though

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Postby Moe » Sun Apr 06, 2008 4:14 am

Jack up the car,sit on axle stands, remove wheels, disconnect ARB links, slacken strut mounting bolts, prise down on hub, remove strut complete from under the wheel arch.

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Postby Rob » Sun Apr 06, 2008 10:13 am

Moe wrote:Jack up the car,sit on axle stands, remove wheels, disconnect ARB links, slacken strut mounting bolts, prise down on hub, remove strut complete from under the wheel arch.


Did all that, but couldn't get it clear of the lower bracket, the spring was pressing down on it too much. As Dan says, it's probably a 2 man job.

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Postby babog » Mon Apr 07, 2008 9:29 pm

why did you have to take the springs out.
was it springs or coilovers you were putting in.
when i did my coilovers i took the whole suspension out and replaced with coilovers no clamps needed. :?
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Postby lanigan » Mon Apr 07, 2008 9:38 pm

Why not make it a one man and an angle grinder job? :lol: Admit it you thought about it when it wasnt co-operating!


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