Fitting new front springs.......

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Fitting new front springs.......

Postby simonbuk » Tue 11.07.2017, 19:28

I've purchased some new front springs as i believe mine have sagged over time.

How easy is it to fit them ?

Can i remove the spring without completely removing the damper ? Meaning if i have disconnected the top can i slide the spring off the top and the new one back on ? Is there enough space inside the wheel arch to do this ?

I've purchased the rubber seats that go at the top of the springs - is there anything else i'm going to find i should have purchased before i start ?!

The last spring compressors i bought were downright dangerous and s**t so i need to buy another pair. Taking this into account shall i just pay somebody to do it ?!
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Re: Fitting new front springs.......

Postby Steve_P » Tue 11.07.2017, 19:50

It's quite a while since I changed mine, but I think you will need to remove the complete damper and spring assembly. Seem to remember that the upper wishbone
bolts at the hub end also need to be removed (?) Hopefully someone with a better memory than me can offer some advice, I'd also consult the workshop manual :D
Don't remember it being too difficult a task, certainly not in cambelt change territory :shock:

If you are on original springs they will have sagged a lot! I changed front and rear to Lotus replacements at the same time and the car looked like it was on stilts when
they were first fitted :lol: Good luck.
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Re: Fitting new front springs.......

Postby alan e » Tue 11.07.2017, 20:32

Its all on you tube how to change the springs.
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Re: Fitting new front springs.......

Postby simonbuk » Tue 11.07.2017, 20:35

I couldn't see a video on just changing the springs ? It was all muddled up in taking the whole front suspension assembly ?

Off to look again......
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Re: Fitting new front springs.......

Postby alan e » Tue 11.07.2017, 20:42

You have to take the damper and spring off complete but it also shows you how to mark the spring holder top and bottom to refit the new spring,
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Re: Fitting new front springs.......

Postby simonbuk » Tue 11.07.2017, 20:54

Ok cheers. Out of interest why do you have to mark it ? Surely the spring can turn slightly when the car gets bounced a up and down ?
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Re: Fitting new front springs.......

Postby alan e » Tue 11.07.2017, 20:57

Check 10 mins into removing the front suspension and drive shaft
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Re: Fitting new front springs.......

Postby simonbuk » Tue 11.07.2017, 21:09

Brilliant thanks. So you have to remove the upper wishbone from the ball joint first and then undo the jokes.

It all sounds so, so, easy........!!
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Re: Fitting new front springs.......

Postby Rambo » Tue 11.07.2017, 21:10

Just make sure you haven't got the Fed. springs otherwise you will be on stilts :lol:
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Re: Fitting new front springs.......

Postby Fredjohn » Tue 11.07.2017, 21:43

simonbuk wrote:Brilliant thanks. So you have to remove the upper wishbone from the ball joint first and then undo the jokes.

It all sounds so, so, easy........!!


I'd remove the yokes if I were you!! You'll probably need a sense of humour by the time you've finished! You won't be able to get at the yoke bolts with the wishbones in situ.

Just be careful to count the fitment of the 8 castor shims either side of the upper ball joint and put them back in the same quantity: eg 4/4 or 5/3 or 3/5 or 6/2 or 2/6 etc etc. ALSO note the position of the 2 thick camber shims on the inward bolt on the wish-bones/upper ball joint: there is a notch on the edge which will either be inwards or outwards as required. Again replace them in the same orientation: both shims will be the same direction.

Getting at the top nuts to remove the damper is also quite awkward: you'll need a slim socket, or maybe just open up the grommetted holes slightly.
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Re: Fitting new front springs.......

Postby simonbuk » Tue 11.07.2017, 21:49

Thanks for all this.

I'm slowly getting put off this.......and it's pissing down outside !

I'll see what tomorrow brings !!
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Re: Fitting new front springs.......

Postby dapinky » Tue 11.07.2017, 22:01

Simon,

Don't be put off - it's actually a straightforward job.... but with a few things to make it difficult if you do things in the wrong order - hence all the above advice :D

Personally, I like to loosen the top 3 bolts first, whilst the car is still on the ground - a 13mm socket from a 3/8" set on a short extension do the job nicely. Remember to keep the rubber grommits safe, and when you finally remove the suspension unit, retain the washers and nuts from the top mounting - otherwise they can fall down between the clamshell and other bits and get lost.

Then jack up the car, remove the road wheel and check that the ball joint bolts will loosen (if you decide to take that bit apart - not totally necessary, but can make life easier).

If you just remove the bottom bolt (through the shock) it is possible to wiggle the unit inboard at the bottom and drop it down enough to clear the rest of the stuff in the way and manoevre it out - but it is far easier to remove the 2 yokes as the driveshaft can get in the way otherwise.
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Re: Fitting new front springs.......

Postby simonbuk » Sun 16.07.2017, 16:15

Well I failed miserably - but kept my cool/sanity.

It was quite apparent that bolt heads were going to change shape and couldn't get an Allen key into one of the bolt heads so I knew things were only going to get worse !!

Going to give my mechanic some money instead...........
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