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    Hi over the next week i am going to replace my suspension, and wondered if there is a list available of parts to order so that i can make up the front shocks in to complete units and then fit like you would coilovers. Dont really want to go down the coilover route.

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    you could check on realoem but...front struts have quite a few components and may work out quite dear to do this way
    what i've felt,what i've known
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    Cheers guys looks like i will just have to strip down the old ones, oh well.

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    I am running the Hot Tuning coilover set. For £230 I have a whole new suspension set-up that is not much harsher than stock. I have now done about 7000 commuter miles on them and they are fine.

    Having priced up OEM stuff I have saved about £300 and have better handling too.
     
     

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    Ok the coilovers arrived today, have to say very fast delivery. Out the box they look great, going to fit them tomorrow morning just have to pick up the new strut mounts. A few questions to those of you that have fitted them.

    Will i need spring compressers ?
    Are there any other extra bits that i will need apart from the shock mounts?

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    you would be better to use spring compressors on the front but what i did was forced the shocker mount down as hard as i could and got a mate to fit the washer and the locknut and give them a couple of turns so it wouldnt pop off

    you wont need spring compressors for the rear
     
     

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    Ok so i just compress the front spring to put the strut mount on to the coilover, then just fix it on to the top on and bottom.

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    Not sure you'll be able to use compressors actually mate. Don't think you'll fit them in the turrett and be able to line up the studs.

    Best bet is to have the whole front end jacked up get the leg in there and get the top bolted up (doesn't have to be massivly tight). Then just play about with the bottom until you can get the guide lug in place. Providing you've got both front wheels off the ground it's not to bad of a job.


    Then once it's all fitted get over to somewhere with a hunters machine and get a 4 wheel alignment done.


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    i was going to put the strut mounts on the coilovers before fitting it all together. Just wondered if i needed to compress the spring or could undo the top nut and put the mount on as it seems quite easy to compress the coilover by just pushing down on it. There dosnt seem to be any tension in the spring.
    Sorry for the questions but once its in the air i wont be able to get about for parts.

    Cheers
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