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    in heinside, heat the area around the bolt! and soak before hand! these are easy to do, as it was the second 1 that snapped! first was easy! as strut seperates from hub!,
    Vauxhalls you have to take full strut assembly off! driveshaft to undow and pull out of the way, calipers to remove, ball joints etc,
    so as you can imagine 1 bolt, and 3 on top and you can have the daper and spring out to work on!
    Just had a bit of bad luck with mine! lol now, but not then.
     
     

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    ok thanks

    found this

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    which seems quite clear - when weather clears I'll have a bash....
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by dubdubz View Post
    ok thanks

    found this

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    which seems quite clear - when weather clears I'll have a bash....
    Set yourself a weekend, make sure you have all the tools space and idea in your head of what you are doing, then take your time and try to enjoy the experiance, don't rush and take a few pictures to remind you of how your springs are sat on the seats,

    if i did it again i would do the rears first! nice and easy, and a great confidence booster! i did the fronts, had a disaster, took ages and knew i still had the rears to do (didn't realise how easy they were, as never done them before, first bmw) then didn't trust the rear bolts, so took the rear interior of boot apart to do shocks from top! still didn't take long, but the way to do it is the bottom bolt! really.

    since i've had mine, i have done a how to on front wishbone rear bushes, changed a track rod end, that i had to cut off with grinder! done the accelerator cable, which involved some front end parts off! wipers, pollen filter and housing, and some other stuff around strut top seals and plastics lol!
    Next job is steering related! and possible final stage resister on fan! bring on summer lol.
     
     

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    The fronts themselves were ok - getting the strut out is dependent on getting the pinch bolt out. Soaking it in WD40 helps... lavish amounts. Having said that, mine came out fine (I did have it out in the summer when I fitted the m-tech suspension) - 18mm socket, 6in extension to clear the brake hose, and a long-handled wrecking bar.



    Compressing the springs is ok, the top nut (shock to top mount) can be an issue - I use a 21mm spark plug socket with an Allen key dropped through the middle of it, then a 21mm spanner on the top of the socket - works a treat as the Allen key is used with a pair of pliers to hold the shock still, and the 21 spanner to turn the nut.



    Positioning the new spring is a pain - it has to be in one specific place, otherwise it'll be seated wrongly. Trick is to release the compressed spring slowly, making sure the rubber seats are not snagged on anything, and that the spring is where you want it to be (top & bottom). Once you're there though, it's plain sailing to reinstall the strut


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    good bit of tec there mate, good tip with the spark plug socket! i did the same, found they were good to remove. forgot about the anti roll bar link to remove as well! might want to wd that a week before too!
     
     

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    what kinda timescale did it take you Paddy?
     
     

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    3 hours in total, second spring wouldn't seat properly so I was compressing it & decompressing it for ages to get everything seated properly. That took a half hour to get right. So 2.5 - 3 hours including jacking the car up, taking wheels off, etc.

    just to add, the ride quality on the Eibach's is good... very good!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddy2bsure View Post
    3 hours in total, second spring wouldn't seat properly so I was compressing it & decompressing it for ages to get everything seated properly. That took a half hour to get right. So 2.5 - 3 hours including jacking the car up, taking wheels off, etc.

    just to add, the ride quality on the Eibach's is good... very good!
    seconded!
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martyn D. View Post
    At www.ruderacing.co.uk you can get 25% off Eibach springs using this code PB672A
    Code doesn't work bud.
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    Cheapest I've seen them for is £130 with free delivery. If you know anyone travelling from the continent anytime soon, they're even cheaper in Germany.
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