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    Default Apex Springs = 60-8210 or 60-8200?

    I am looking to replace my springs before they break yet again - odd clunks starting to come from the front end again for a while after speed bumps.
    All I really want is something that is not going to break and cost for recovery/new springs/new tyres every 12 months.
    My solution is not to buy a Vauxhall part.
    Apex seem to provide a quality product at a price that is OK and so I was about to place an order with Camskill for theirs at £98.09 (their part number 60-8210).
    Before that, there is no harm in checking elsewhere for prices...
    Europerformance.co.uk do them for the same price but have two sets available for a 2002 2.0dTi saloon and each has a note attached to the description in red:
    "60-8200 - Notes: VX9 - Max front axle load up to 1000kg"
    "60-8210 - Notes: VX1 - Use with shortened shock absorbers only 0"

    Clearly, since I am not using shortened shocks, I would choose 60-8200.
    But what of the suppliers who only sell the other model?
    Are they missing the point about shortened shocks, or does it make no difference?

    Checking on the Apex Database suggests that front axle load is key:
    Up to 1000kg = 60-8200
    Over 1000kg = 60-8210
    No mention of shortened shocks here.
    I don't know what the load is either - will have to check the plate on the car!
    To worry further - if the weight turns out to be 990kg should I be going for the 60-8210 since were I to reach the bottom of a hill, the load would be more than 1000kg, if only briefly?

    So many problems - too little brain!

    Opinions welcome from those who have used either.

    Thanks

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    Default Same here

    I am looking at same springs and dont know what the difference is and which to pick for my box standard 1.8 vectra

    Can anyone explain?

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    check the plate on the drivers door pillar - this will give you your front axle weight ie 1060kg
    based on this information you should be able to order the correct set

    i.e. if it was for mine as mine is over 1000kg i would have to order
    Over 1000kg = 60-8210

    hth regards

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    Default Done

    Got the springs and fitted today.

    Damn thats a big job (well for a novice like me it was)

    But i got them fitted with only one little problem one the top bolts on the offside strut snapped when i was tightening.

    Will this cause major issue if i drive it . I will take it to an engineer friend and get the bolt out and new one on Monday/Tuesday.

    Just to note i took it out to try it major difference to handling and car now feel almost like new as i have done bushes and drop links last week.

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    are you talking about one of the three retaining bolts ??

    i wouldnt drive it very far or "dynamically" with only 2 fitted

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    One of the three small e12 bolts in the engine compartment that hold the very top of the strut in place.

    I need the car to get to work so will take my time when driving and be extra careful till i can get and engineer to look at it in work

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    Default Bolt

    Just been thinking about it and realised i can remove broken screw from underneath if i take the stut back out. Anyone know the bets place to get a replacement bolt.

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    B & Q one bolt two washers.

    Strut off broken screw removed and the B&Q fix in place solid strut now.

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