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    I was reading up on helper springs (albeit on other coilovers) Im under the impression they are there to keep tension on the main spring and keep it seated, if you remove them, under full travel the spring may not seat correctly, which I believe is an MOT failure ?
    That said, other coilover kits as you mention dont have them (and people pass MOT's with them on?)
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    well the internal dia. Of both is the same, and there is more than enough thread to wind the adjusters up and put tension on the main spring. Was just wondering, as even the slightest pressure compress's the helper spring... And thats what im rubbing on. I dont want to in stupidly low, so taking the h spring out, and winding the adjusters up to slightly compress the m spring should work, as far as i can see.
     
     

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    yes you can remove the helper spring, as stated its only there to keep tension on the main spring when the suspension is under zero load (off the ground)

    i have no helpers on my coilovers, they are not essential.

    i changed my spring rates and spring lengths as well.

    as long as you have pressure on the spring when the shock is fully extended so the spring cannot 'pop out' of the adjuster/seat and top seat

    i can post some pics if you need them


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    Well, after removing the helper spring, i have got it sorted

    Its as low as i can go without the helper spring..and the adjusters sit just shy of rubbing the wheel...so im happy Will look into getting some spacers when i have a few more spare pennies And the wheels dont sit outside the arches..that was just an illusion..or my bad eyes

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    The back is still on the M-Sport springs/dampers untill i get some spacers and drop the front abit more..dont want it too look un-even again

    Atleast now i have 2 working front shocks. The ride is soo much better..little bit harsher, but everything else makes up for that..It feels completely planted, No roll in the corners, and no 'Dipping' under braking/acc. Best £170 i have spent
     
     

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    That looks so much better now.
     
     

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    Cheers fella

    Will definately be getting some 5mm spacers for her at some point, its only the tinyest amount of rubbing on the springs... Even a 3mm spacer would do, but i'll go with a 5 just to be sure.
     
     

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    i thought the same 3mm or 5mm

    i went 3mm, still got the clearance, tight though. if you go 5mm the wheel has less of the centre hub to sit on.

    your car looks much better now, just get the rear sorted !!
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    So what do you recomend?? Is it best to go with a 3mm so i have some centre hub left?? Or go with a 5mm to be 100% sure it will clear them? Looking about, they are not cheap, especialy when coupled with all new bolts..So i want to get it right first time
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by markrnorton
    your car looks much better now, just get the rear sorted !!
    ^^^ agree!!

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    Looks good now. With the helper springs removed do the springs still seat properly when the car's jacked up? It'll fail the mot if they rattle about. Not a huge issue but you'll have to refit the helpers for the next test.
     
     

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