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    Default Quick Question.

    Spring clamps essential for the front of the SRi?
    I've asked people locally if anyone has spring clamps and I've had replys, "Didn't need them just undo the top bolt slowly" and "Use your beer belly to take the tension"
    Just wondering how much tension is on the spring when you take it off and if it would be dangerous taking the front spring off without clamps.

    I can get spring clamps for next weekend but I'm impatient 'y0

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    I would strongly reccomend that you USE spring clamps. You more than likely can do it without but do you really wanna take the risk. I know I wouldn't

    My other car. 1972 1641cc slammed beetle. On the road finally!!

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    You hear all sorts of macho stories - "I changed the timing belt on a 3.2 V6 without the cam locking kit, just used cable ties", "No need for a breaker bar when undoing the caliper carrier bolts, I undid them easilly with just a ratchet", etc etc. Take them with a pinch of salt, and do it the right way instead.

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    Do not try to do this job without clamps!!!!!!! You will be surprised just how much pressure there is in that spring, it could take your head clean off!!!! As i understand, it is virtualy impossible to refit the new ones without the use of clamps.

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    It can be done without but i strongly recommend not to, ive not witnessed but heard horror stories of people breaking wrists and even one breaking their jaw. I dont know how true they are but i would still not risk it, spend £15 and get some spring compressors off ebay.

    Ive done a number of cars suspension and the vec was the most awkward but a tip is to remove the top mount from the chassis so you can get the compressors on properly.

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    Finally got hold of some spring clamps off a friends friend. Coilovers are going on today
    Another mates also letting me borrow his tripod and cam so I can do some in car videos. Clamps nicely on the rear headrest and you can see the whole dashboard and clear out the window

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    when I worked in a garage many years ago I saw a sierra spring slip out of a clamp it fired about 100 ft across the workshop and wrecked the door on a mk3 cavalier scary when you saw the damage it did from 100ft always make sure they cant slip now.

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    I personally have experience of doing it 'the hard way'... albeit by accident!
    Changing the suspension on my old Escort 1.4, I inadvertedly undid the strut top nut with the spring still in situ - as opposed to undoing the nuts that hold the strut in the turret! The spring fully decompressed in a fraction of a second with force enough to pop the drive shaft out of the gearbox and forced the whole setup sideways about an inch from my ankle. Then the strut top nut hit the ground about 5 seconds later. Needless to say I had an immediate full system check to ensure I hadn't loss an eye or was missing part of a limb...

    Spring compressors mate. Just buy them. Lol!

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    So far so good.
    However...
    Small knocking noise at the back (doesn't bother me though)
    Suprised the coilover adjusters for the rear are above the spring.
    Finally the coilover shocks seem to be less stiff than the original SRi 1s, is it meant to be like that and I was right about my original rear shocks being knackered or...?

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    Oh yeh... Anyone else get crazy camber from their coilovers lol. I've only dropped about 35mm from SRi height. Am I right in thinking that the car has adjustable camber though?

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