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Offline Turbotez

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Guide to Fitting Lowering Springs
« on: January 25, 2007, 11:33:37 AM »
Just a quick guide to fitting some lowering springs. Its easy enough, as long as you can un-do and do up bolts and you aint to shy, you can do this.

Couple of tools that you will need to do this job and to make it easier are a set of spring clamps, 7mm allen key and a ball joint breaker, all the other tools are things you should have anyway like breaker bars, sokets, ratchets, spanners etc.

So, youve got your springs but your cally still looks like this:



TOO HIGH!!!

So we need to fit some of these:



Ive gone for the -60mm's not for the faint harted lol

Right, we'll start with the more complicated end, the front.

First things first, get all your tools together so you havent gotta keep getting up blah blah and sort out the front springs


Now then, lets get our hands dirty, or if your not into that, get a pair of


Off with the wheel, you dont need a piccy for that, and then off with the steering arm ball joint


and then pop it off with the ball joint breaker

This will make life easier as you can now turn the leg.

whip the caliper off, its a 7mm allen key so make sure youve got one as they rarely come with sets, jus 2 bolts holding it on,


dont forget to pull out the pad sensor!

next you need to undo the wishbone ball joint at the bottom of the leg and get the ball joint breaker again




Next up is getting the leg off, at this point you need to get up and lossen but no completely undo the top hat mounting under the bonnet



then pull out the split pin


then undo the big nut!


then you need get the drive shaft out, now your gonna have to hit it, but please dont hit the thing directly with a bloody hammer, like my bro did, cause you will knacker the thread, like my bro did lol.

once you got the shaft out, get someone to hold the leg and undo the rest of the tophat so you can then take the leg out of its home, jus lie it down as the ABS will still be attached, you can undo this if you want, but you dont have to



Now you need to get the spring clamps out, this bit always makes me nervous, dunno why, jus something about it.



once youve got the spring clamped enough that you can move it about, undo the last bolt on the top hat



Take all the gubbings off so you can get the spring out



And here it is, the OE spring!



If your dropping 60mm its probably worth chopping down the bump stop, cause you may well be sitting on in lol.
No need to chop too much off.

The bump stop shoould just pull off the shock



bout this much should do lol

then put it back on.

The new spring should go on with out having to clamp it, but if your not going as low, you may have to.

Once the new spring is on


its just a matter of putting it all back together again and doing the other side.

Now then, time for a brew before we crack on with the back lol


Cheers mom!!

So its time for the rear springs



Now then, off with the back wheel


you have two options next, best bet is to go with the losest nut, either the top of the shock



or the bottom of the shock.



We went for the bottom cause they were both really tight and we could get Might Joe Bar on the bottom lol



When you got the shock off, the rear wishbone will be held up by the anti roll bar, all you need to do is add a bit of weight to get the old spring out,



and the old spring is out, as modeled by Dangerous Brian



As you can see, the new spring is considerably smaller than the new one

Pull that thing off top and put it on the top of the new spring then when your ready

sorry, at this point we were going a bit mad.

Add the fat b*stard, i mean weight again and in goes the new spring!!


Put it all back together and do the other side!!

Thats it, youve done it.

Take it round the block, make sure it feels right and theres no odd sounds and all is ok!!

Give it a couple of days to settle and your cally should be looking mint, like mine  ;D



Thanks and free plug to Dangerous Brian (my bro) From Dangerous Delepoments for doing most the work so i could stand around smoking and taking piccys lol.
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Re: Guide to Fitting Lowering Springs
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2007, 11:53:27 AM »
Nice one mate, good thinking about doing this write-up about changing the springs. It'll help people who don't know how to do it to learn how it's done and not have to pay garage prices. +1 Karma for i think. ;)

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Re: Guide to Fitting Lowering Springs
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2007, 12:08:43 PM »
Nice artical.

Ash, give the boy some credits
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Re: Guide to Fitting Lowering Springs
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2007, 13:21:20 PM »
I did this very job at the weekend (except I changed the front legs completely instead of changing the springs alone) and it was hours of fun!!! Went the -60mm route at the back and -40mm at the front... best bit was the fact that the springs were 2 months old and free of charge!! Nice Jamex set for nothing - can't be faulted!

Good guide to doing this job, fella - have some Karma!
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Re: Guide to Fitting Lowering Springs
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2007, 13:46:08 PM »
cheers guys. I cant complain about the price of mine really, ebay special,
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Re: Guide to Fitting Lowering Springs
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2007, 13:52:04 PM »
Good guide that mate. Instructive and entertaining. And Brian does look pretty dangerous from here! :D

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Re: Guide to Fitting Lowering Springs
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2007, 15:30:34 PM »
 :o 60mm springs on orig shocks!!!!!!!

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Re: Guide to Fitting Lowering Springs
« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2007, 17:37:54 PM »
What a good Tutorial, Nice one Mate....

Mind you, im still taking my car to the garage TOMMORROW for it to be lowered, cant do that myself, its too coldddddddddddd.


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Re: Guide to Fitting Lowering Springs
« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2007, 17:48:28 PM »
What a good Tutorial, Nice one Mate....

Mind you, im still taking my car to the garage TOMMORROW for it to be lowered, cant do that myself, its too coldddddddddddd.



Wimp!
I'm changing a clutch,p/plate, t/bearing and a g/box on my V6 in this weather................. ........................ ...... in the warmth of my garage which has nice heaters ofcourse..he he he lol!

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Re: Guide to Fitting Lowering Springs
« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2007, 17:50:29 PM »
Wimp!
I'm changing a clutch,p/plate, t/bearing and a g/box on my V6 in this weather................. ........................ ...... in the warmth of my garage which has nice heaters ofcourse..he he he lol!


LoL
Truth is i aint a bleedin clue how to do owt to technical.....
 mind you i aint to happy about the

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Re: Guide to Fitting Lowering Springs
« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2007, 18:04:18 PM »
If i were closer to you i'd do it for you.
If you fancy a 2hour drive down here i'll do it. Probably cost you

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Re: Guide to Fitting Lowering Springs
« Reply #11 on: January 25, 2007, 21:47:30 PM »
Amazing guide mate, moving it to the FAQ's section!

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Re: Guide to Fitting Lowering Springs
« Reply #12 on: January 26, 2007, 00:40:24 AM »
No probs guys, enjoyed doing it to be honest.

Next time i gotta do somethin to my car, ill prob do another lol

Acctually, i gotta swap the engine at some point as my bottom end has gone, you know thats gonna be a long one lol
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Crikey!, that is low.
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Re: Guide to Fitting Lowering Springs
« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2007, 15:34:37 PM »
Nice guide,

At first I was wondering why it sat so low for a 60mm drop, then I realised you did it the dangerous way of not fitting the correct shocks, Nice guide though.

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Re: Guide to Fitting Lowering Springs
« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2007, 16:56:16 PM »
Nice guide,

At first I was wondering why it sat so low for a 60mm drop, then I realised you did it the dangerous way of not fitting the correct shocks, Nice guide though.

the springs will be over cooked in a few weeks of driving, iv got mine lowered at 35mm with standard shocks and im concerned about mine..