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    Well, following on from my weekend of car dissasters

    After the notification from my insurance company saying they will no-longer insure lowered cars (not a biggie, was getting fed up of worn tyres and harsh ride) And the subsequent collapse of the rear jacking point I purchased a trolley jack and have succesfully replaced the rear setup

    HOWEVER... Moving onto the front, i was confronted with bugger of a problem... the spring pirch and lock ring have seized up It has been soaked with penetrating oil, heated up with a blowtorch and hammered, but the little sods refuse to remove
    I have managed to strip every one of the little knurls for the C-spanner to sit in and im now stumped
    Does anyone have any advice as to how to loosen these, and possibly source replacements? Its the hottuning/raceland coilovers, if that helps. I know they were cheap, but have served me well... Just this last winter and the salt and crap has taken its toll... And im now left with a car half lowered
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nimr0d View Post
    After the notification from my insurance company saying they will no-longer insure lowered cars
    They need to define lowered cars...cars with M-tech suspension are lowered from the factory....
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by StK View Post
    They need to define lowered cars...cars with M-tech suspension are lowered from the factory....
    I pressume it meant as an aftermarket modification... As that now doesn't appear in their list you can choose from And they now limit it to 3 modifications per car.

    Like i said, no bother to me
     
     

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    Fair enough-anyway if you are removing them from the front then you should be able to undo the bolls on the strut mounts in the engine bay then the wheel will drop and you can undo the botls there and it should come out-It'd be differnt if it was springs but coilovers should not need spring compressors.....
     
     

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    Yeah, i've got that far... But i need the top-mounts to put back on my old struts... But because i had the coilies wound up quite abit, theres to much pressure on the mount, so i cant undo the top-nut If i could wind the spring down i would be fine... But i cant because everythings seized up
     
     

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    try soaking it in something like WD40 overnight
     
     

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    can you not compress spring with spring clamps
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by StK View Post
    try soaking it in something like WD40 overnight
    Im trying that again, but they've already had about 28hrs, so im not holding my breath

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    can you not compress spring with spring clamps
    They dont fit mate, Coilies have a narrower spring to them

    I dont think the problemnow is so-much soaking them... its more a 'How the hell do i undo them' Having rounded out all the little notches for the spanner, it has nothing to bite into Would a chain-whip wrench hold on them??
     
     

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    gorilla grips maybe?
     
     

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    Thats a good point I'll give them a bash with anything i can find tomorrow

    Then it becomes a case of, can i purchase new spring perches?? Or do i just scrap the lot
     
     

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