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    Hi Guys,
    I have bought a coilover kit for my car and it comes with no instrsuction so here are some question on hot to install it.

    1. The coil over kit comes with 2 nuts on each strut bar, those nuts are located in where the top mount is placed. Thus I think I have to screw one nut before puting the top mount in and one after? do u think i am correct ?


    2. how do u screw and tigh the nut to the strut bar as one alen key needs to hold the pipe while a socket is tighing it, I haven't got anything similar to that .

    finally the rear springs comes with a little metal peice which i guess is used to adjust its height but i have not idea on where it goes and how to install it, any idea?

    over all if there are any guides on how to do them, it will be much appreciated

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    well I guess not many people are familar with the kit. I have gone crazy on google but can't find any good resources on how to fit the coilovers.

    So let me rephrease my question
    here is a pic of my front suspension, my question is how do u install the top mount on the front spring. By this i mean would u take the spring plate from the old shock absurber and put it on the coilover kit( I don't think it is possible but no harm in asking).


    I have circuled the end of the front suspension with black line . so basically i have placed my top mount which the picture is attached in below on top of the black circuit area and then fasten it using the nut.

    http://www.imageupload.org/?d=B492BA731

    By the way do u have to fasten that nut all the way so the mount is proper tight and stuck to the suspension ? what is the worst case if top mount is broken or come off? would the wheel snap under the car.

    in ur view should i change anything from the mount before reusing it on the new suspension?


     
     

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    I find a spark plug socket with a allen key shoved through the end works well, and then use a spanner to turn the spark plug socket.

    And all you will need is the top mount. Use the same method I said to undo the nut on the old shock or alternatively get a garage to change the top mounts over as you'll need to compress the old spring to avoid injury. It will take them literally 5 minutes to do if you remove the shocks yourself
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by shamM3 View Post
    I find a spark plug socket with a allen key shoved through the end works well, and then use a spanner to turn the spark plug socket.

    And all you will need is the top mount. Use the same method I said to undo the nut on the old shock or alternatively get a garage to change the top mounts over as you'll need to compress the old spring to avoid injury. It will take them literally 5 minutes to do if you remove the shocks yourself
    do u suggest on changing the washers?
    also i think the cap for the mount is lost so the grease has got a bit dirty and old. I am thinking of regreasing it as opposed to buying a new mount
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by linux44 View Post
    do u suggest on changing the washers?
    also i think the cap for the mount is lost so the grease has got a bit dirty and old. I am thinking of regreasing it as opposed to buying a new mount
    That swivel washer under the top mount is pretty sturdy and i'd re use it. I'd be taking this chance to renew the top mounts, but its entirely your choice. Febi bilstein or other makes are cheap enough at your local motor factors <£30 each
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by shamM3 View Post
    That swivel washer under the top mount is pretty sturdy and i'd re use it. I'd be taking this chance to renew the top mounts, but its entirely your choice. Febi bilstein or other makes are cheap enough at your local motor factors <£30 each

    i looked at the top mount when i took it off and it looks ok but needs regreasing in the bearing area as the grease has dried out

    how do u diagose a faulty top mount
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    Quote Originally Posted by linux44 View Post
    i looked at the top mount when i took it off and it looks ok but needs regreasing in the bearing area as the grease has dried out

    how do u diagose a faulty top mount
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    Play in the bearing (up and down) when on the car by placing a bar under the wheel and moving it up and down quickly. Or perishing rubber.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by shamM3 View Post
    Play in the bearing (up and down) when on the car by placing a bar under the wheel and moving it up and down quickly. Or perishing rubber.
    I have tighten the top mount quite a bit but not sure how much is enough, it is quite tight, but then the top mount can still be turned ( 360 degress) is that normal?
    what is the worst case if the top mount comes of the shock absorber?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by linux44 View Post
    I have tighten the top mount quite a bit but not sure how much is enough, it is quite tight, but then the top mount can still be turned ( 360 degress) is that normal?
    what is the worst case if the top mount comes of the shock absorber?
    thats normal, the top mount is suppose to swivel 360 degrees, hence the thick washer under it

    I can't remember the torque figure but its somwhere in the region of FT
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by shamM3 View Post
    thats normal, the top mount is suppose to swivel 360 degrees, hence the thick washer under it

    I can't remember the torque figure but its somwhere in the region of FT
    It may sound as stupied question but why does it have to swivel? would the mount nut automatically tighten like self locking nuts?
     
     

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