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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.

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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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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..

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Re: Guide to Fitting Lowering Springs
« Reply #15 on: January 29, 2007, 17:01:55 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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what is the biggest tyre a wheel
« Reply #16 on: February 09, 2007, 00:17:23 AM »
what is the biggest tyre and alloy a calli can take mine has been lowered about 40mm im wanting to buy 17inch wheels to raise it as it has standard 15" vaux cavi wheels.. very bad owwww...

EG......... 17/215/40... all that number stuff

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Re: Guide to Fitting Lowering Springs
« Reply #17 on: February 09, 2007, 00:23:59 AM »
ive 18s with 215/35/18 tyres but ive seen bigger im sure u can fit 20s but i think 18s is the safer option without changing anything................ ...

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Re: Guide to Fitting Lowering Springs
« Reply #18 on: February 09, 2007, 12:28:13 PM »
ive 18s with 215/35/18 tyres but ive seen bigger im sure u can fit 20s but i think 18s is the safer option without changing anything................ ...

From what I've heard, you can fit up to 18" without modifying the wheel arches, depending on the width of wheel & tyre you use, but if you go larger you will need to get the wheel arches rolled.  However, I reckon that if you go too large, it will start looking like a 'funny car'!

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Re: Guide to Fitting Lowering Springs
« Reply #19 on: October 07, 2007, 18:48:29 PM »
Nice looking axle stands u av there mate. Good guide tho.

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Re: Guide to Fitting Lowering Springs
« Reply #20 on: November 20, 2007, 12:37:48 PM »
What a great guide...the rear seems easy and withing my DIY skills lol.....but the front erm.....<runs off screaming> lol nice 1 m8 have a karma from me

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Re: Guide to Fitting Lowering Springs
« Reply #21 on: February 19, 2008, 00:25:11 AM »
Just did mine, before seeing this "how to". Only things I would add are...

When you use the balljoint separator, grease it up on both sides - makes it slide easier when hit, and helps not to damage the balljoint rubber boot

To undo the big nut on the driveshaft (after removing the split pin), get a big enough socket and a long heavy-duty tube that slides over the handle, then get a mate to stick his foot on the brakes (before removing the caliper) and you can turn the nut easily

To knock the driveshaft out, invert the driveshaft end nut and screw it back onto the shaft about 5-10 mm (so its not wobbly) and hit the end of that. You won't damage the thread at the end of the shaft

DON'T, yes DON'T try to remove the ABS sensor off the front hubs. Instead just part the connector which is clipped to the inner wing just behind the strut

Be very gentle removing the pad wear sensor from the pads on the front wheels. They are very brittle and quite expensive.

Might as well change the rubbers at the top and bottom of the rear springs at the same time (seeing as though you are taking the things apart)

Plenty of copperslip/anti-seize lubricant on the threads when you put it all back together (then the bloke who has to replace those tired springs and shocks on his "collector's car" in 15 years time will thank you for it)

Oh, and if you are thinking of undoing the anti-roll bar drop link from the lower radius arm, and its the plastic type, have a spare one handy because it definitely will break when youo take it off! They are bl00dy useless!!!!!

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Re: Guide to Fitting Lowering Springs
« Reply #22 on: December 21, 2008, 18:40:31 PM »
any 1 gt ne pics of a calibra lowerd 100mm cos iv just orderd sum 100mm springs for mine

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Re: Guide to Fitting Lowering Springs
« Reply #23 on: December 21, 2008, 18:46:55 PM »
any 1 gt ne pics of a calibra lowerd 100mm cos iv just orderd sum 100mm springs for mine

100mm !

Fit them then say goodbye to comfort, and hello to excessive wear and tear  ::)

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Re: Guide to Fitting Lowering Springs
« Reply #24 on: December 21, 2008, 19:03:34 PM »
cos iv just orderd sum 100mm springs for mine

What else have you ordered to go with 100mm lowering springs?  Different shock absorbers to suit much shorter springs?  Camber kit?

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Re: Guide to Fitting Lowering Springs
« Reply #25 on: December 21, 2008, 19:26:03 PM »
any 1 gt ne pics of a calibra lowerd 100mm cos iv just orderd sum 100mm springs for mine

What angle will your wishbones be on a 100mm drop?
Ditto Steering arm. Will they clear the inner wings too?

Don't take this the wrong way, but the phrase 'oafish boy' springs to mind.  :)


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Re: Guide to Fitting Lowering Springs
« Reply #26 on: December 21, 2008, 19:43:39 PM »
any 1 gt ne pics of a calibra lowerd 100mm cos iv just orderd sum 100mm springs for mine
-100mm fooking hell, -60mm and the cars on the floor! so -100mm and you gonna be bottomed out before you go any where,  ;D

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Re: Guide to Fitting Lowering Springs
« Reply #27 on: December 21, 2008, 19:46:25 PM »
Don't take this the wrong way, but the phrase 'oafish boy' springs to mind.  :)

What would be 'The right way' for him to take it?  ;D

But I agree, if he has already bought the springs (who is daft enough to manufacture springs to do this?), before asking the questions you pose, it does suggest someone who hasn't thought it through very well...

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Re: Guide to Fitting Lowering Springs
« Reply #28 on: December 21, 2008, 19:54:25 PM »
Don't take this the wrong way, but the phrase 'oafish boy' springs to mind.  :)
whats that about??

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Re: Guide to Fitting Lowering Springs
« Reply #29 on: December 21, 2008, 19:58:04 PM »
whats that about??

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Re: Guide to Fitting Lowering Springs
« Reply #30 on: December 21, 2008, 20:07:27 PM »
Oafish

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ohhh im with you now   ;)   :D

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Re: Guide to Fitting Lowering Springs
« Reply #31 on: December 21, 2008, 22:32:10 PM »
YES AV GOT SHORTER SHOCK ABSORBERS MY CAR IS LOWERD 60MM ALREADY BUT IT JUS WASENT LOW ENOUGH SO IV HAD SUM 1 OFF SPRINGS MADE AS COILOVERS WERE ABOUT 700 AND I WANT MY CAR SLLLLLAMED

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Re: Guide to Fitting Lowering Springs
« Reply #32 on: December 21, 2008, 22:44:21 PM »
Please dont use caps as it looks like your shouting...and i have tired old eyes which it hurts...lol
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Re: Guide to Fitting Lowering Springs
« Reply #33 on: December 21, 2008, 22:47:02 PM »
^^^^ lol,  -100mm must be a tad too low hurry up and get some pics up matey

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Re: Guide to Fitting Lowering Springs
« Reply #34 on: December 21, 2008, 22:51:11 PM »
yes will do bt nt b till end of jan as spings take a month 2 make

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Re: Guide to Fitting Lowering Springs
« Reply #35 on: December 21, 2008, 23:02:05 PM »
how old are you mate ? correct me if i'm wrong but you seem pretty young, much like my self lol.

no hatred intended but some of these ''fogies'' ;) on here much prefer it if you use the spell checker function when posting something as they can't understand it you see.

anyway, yeh ! get some pics of your calibra up, it's always good to see another one  :)

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Re: Guide to Fitting Lowering Springs
« Reply #36 on: December 21, 2008, 23:36:52 PM »
^^^^ you sound like one of them 'fogies' lol

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Re: Guide to Fitting Lowering Springs
« Reply #37 on: December 21, 2008, 23:58:36 PM »
^^^^ you sound like one of them 'fogies' lol
^^^^ you sound like one of them 'fogies' lol

yep, i sure do  ;)

haha, just trying to help with people writing stuff that some don't. I'll just shut up in future then :-X

lol,  anyway, yeh would love to see some pics when this is done . :P

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Re: Guide to Fitting Lowering Springs
« Reply #38 on: December 22, 2008, 00:39:55 AM »
I  recently (about 8 months ago) lowered my Cally Turbo -30mm. Looked pretty good. Handled really well round corners. That's if I tried to get round them on two wheels. But you can get round them really fast with the standard Turbo springs.
I used a Koni top adjustable kit, but didn't use the top retaining nuts on the struts. No matter how much I tightened up the nuts the bl00dy things rattled like **ck, hence failed the mot. Then took it home. Tightened it up. Back to the MOT place. Failed, still rattling like a bitch. Third time I even tried tightening the nuts up really tight and putting a quick spot of weld on the top of the strut where it meets the nut. No, I used minimal time and the strut hardly got warm, so no damage there. Still failed. Since found out that you have to use special strut retaining nuts.So back home I go again, strip the struts down (I tell you what guys, I'm getting bloody quick at this job now), then put some aftermarket Bilsteins in, which I fortunately had lying around in the garage. Much better, no rattles. Went better on the road too IMHO. All well and good. Hadn't had the tyres very long, 2 or 3 months probably. I'm running 17's with the PROPER OFFSET! Then one day when I parked the car up on full lock I noticed it. The inside of the tyre was showing fabric whilst there was at least 3 or 4 mm of tread on the outside of the tyre. You wouldn't notice it when you park up normally. Talk about lethal!
So now I've decided to go back to standard ride height, with the bilsteins. It looked bad enough with the rear wheels splaying out, let alone the front ones too! There is only a couple of mils difference between the standard and Billy shock. OK, I've noticed that it doesn't seem as responsive round corners, and I can see a bit of the top of the tyre now too. But now I can get out of the works car park without going over the speed hump at about 2 MPH so I don't hit my head on the roof, and I've noticed this bit of repair work on the road near my house no longer fells like its going to rip my suspension off when I go over it at speed. Now I can go home quicker!! I'll try and post a few photos of how bad the tyres are. Lucky I'm still here I reckon.
Anyone got a standard set of rear springs for a Cally or Calibra turbo they don't want or want to sell? Haven't done the rears yet.
If there's any spelling mistakes, I apologise. Not sure if the spell-checker works on posts.
Cheers, Nunny

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Re: Guide to Fitting Lowering Springs
« Reply #39 on: December 22, 2008, 00:42:02 AM »
Oh, and I'm a 52 year old fogie. Just bought an Aprilia SL1000 Falco, so looking forward to taking that on the roads. Who wants to grow up?

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Re: Guide to Fitting Lowering Springs
« Reply #40 on: December 22, 2008, 00:45:04 AM »
Oh, and I'm a 52 year old fogie. Just bought an Aprilia SL1000 Falco, so looking forward to taking that on the roads. Who wants to grow up?

Chill mate, only having a laugh. Try lightening up a bit !



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Re: Guide to Fitting Lowering Springs
« Reply #41 on: December 22, 2008, 00:49:43 AM »
Chill mate, only having a laugh. Try lightening up a bit !



lol look what youve done  ;)   :D

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Re: Guide to Fitting Lowering Springs
« Reply #42 on: December 22, 2008, 11:01:10 AM »
lol look what youve done  ;)   :D

haha, i no yeh. oops  ::)
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well-dweller--anyway no offence ment, sorry you took it so seriously ! 

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Re: Guide to Fitting Lowering Springs
« Reply #43 on: December 22, 2008, 11:05:55 AM »
Chill mate, only having a laugh. Try lightening up a bit !

Nice to have a young'un who knows how to talk.
Funny how even those older than me look completely retarded when they use "txt spk"
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« Reply #44 on: December 23, 2008, 15:03:57 PM »
No offence taken guys! I was only having a larf! Age is just a number, some higher than others.