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?
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.
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