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Front suspension replacement guide


some people can think this is a very involved job requiring alot of work but this is not the case

on that i thought i would do a guide to show you how simple it is, ill explain one side as its the same procedure

1. Jack car up

2. Remove wheel

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3. Spray penetrating fluid on all bolts you will need to remove they are -

Top drop link bolt
Strut bolts Lower x2
Top mount bearing plate x3
Top shock piston bolt

4. While your waiting for the fluid to do its work remove

ABS sensor
Brake line clip

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5. Now remove the lower strut bolts and crack the the drop link nut allow the hub to hang ( remember to replace the lower strut bolts at the exact place and orientation )

6. Remove the 3 bolts at the top of the strut now that locate in the top mount bearing runner ( take weight of the strut before you get down to a couple of threads

7. Now remove the drop link bolt you need a spanner behind to lock the thread inplace ( doing this at this stage saves you from jacking the hub up or knocking it out damaging the threads )

8. YOU SHOULD NOW HAVE THIS

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9. As you can see from my 3rd picture one of the top bolts still sheared off the little bugger ( so i further soaked it in fluid then heated and removed with a set of sthilsons )

10. DANGEROUS PART

Use spring compressors and compress the spring as little as necessary. putting pressure on evenly

11. Use a swan neck ring spanner and an allan key like this and remove the top plate you will end up with this
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12. Remove pressure from the spring evenly again

13. I changed the full shock with springs and top mount bearings which is best practice ( the reason was a spring had snapped and a damper seal was blown out

14. Now the rebuilding

15. Put pressure on the new spring

16. Put it on the new shock and drop the top mount bearing on with the runner plate

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17. Now you need to do the opposite of removal

18. Use the swan neck and allan key to tighten the runner plate up

19. Now remove the spring compressors evenly making sure the top of the spring seats nicely in the bearing

20. Fit the drop link bolt and offer the strut to the top of the arch

21. Fit the 3 bolts to retain it in place

22. Fit the lower strut bolts x2

23. Replace the abs sensor and brake line clip

24. Thoroughly check your work

25. Replace wheel

26. Do other side

27. check operation by turning the wheels from lock to lock listen for clicks and knocks

28. Go for small test drive again listening for any abnormalities

29. Job complete

30.Get 4 wheel alignment
 

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Nice work there pal but defo far too complicated for me! What's the handling like with the new suspension?
 

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grips like a go cart, but my drop links and arms are getting changed before my 4 wheel alignment set up tomorrow so busy busy today ! tbh i thik ive done it too low the exhaust midsection doesnt like bumps and neither do the inner archs lol ! but it does handle great. ill just moan at the council for not providing fresh tarmac'd smooth as a babies bum roads eh ;)
 

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Nice work there pal but defo far too complicated for me! What's the handling like with the new suspension?
nuts and bolts mate just nuts and bolts. ive got an engine to change in the next few weeks and maybe a rack fml just cba the only thing i wont of change on this car is the shell haha so glad i can do it my self else the cost would be astronomical
 

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nuts and bolts mate just nuts and bolts. ive got an engine to change in the next few weeks and maybe a rack fml just cba the only thing i wont of change on this car is the shell haha so glad i can do it my self else the cost would be astronomical
Wish I could, might get my suspension looked at next year. Cant say the handling is that good on the TTID. In fact cornering has always been average.
 
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