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    Wink Supplementary Question on Changing Front Springs

    And specifically about undoing the top nut on each strut:

    I have got to do this this weekend and never done Veccy/Siggy springs before, so I want to be prepared.

    There are a number of methods people seem to use to undo the top nut of each strut, which appears to be screwed onto a rod that has a female Torx head.

    2 questions:

    1) Am I right in assuming that the the Torx head on the rod is to simply stop the rod from turning when you do up/undo the nut ?

    2) In which case how can you get torque wrench on at same time as Torx bit to torque it up ?

    Sorry if these seem dumb questions but I hate not knowing, especially when car is in bits and you're in a swearing frenzy !

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    No need to torque it up mate,just use a swan neck spanner,hold the centre rod with the torx bit and do it up as far as the nut will go,ther you go duck bang tidy.

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    1) Yes...
    2) Using vortex sockets to undo it, but not sure of a way to torque it back up, normally its till you bust a blood vessal, cave the front wing in by leaning against it or when your eyes feel like they're gonna pop out.
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    I used power tools to change mine.. didnt hold on the nut..

    the car on ground, the tools on until free, then removed the asembly, and undone the last bit.

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    took both mine out when changing top strut bearings. whipped them up to local mechanic.

    He used impact wrench to get them off and on. job done. Had to use spring clamps mind. make sure there on properly though. Nasty accident waiting to happen if there not...

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    3 easiest ways i've found to do this is either... car sitting on deck and use impact wrench.....use M14(i think) spark plug socket(has flats for spanner) and allen key/torx key down middle of it.... take off complete strut and take them to garage (nominal 'drink' donation)
    Quote Originally Posted by MURDO View Post
    Had to use spring clamps mind. make sure there on properly though. Nasty accident waiting to happen if there not...
    that too

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    Thanks fellas, am ready to have a go !

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    You not seen the Pre-Billing workshop meet happening at Haverhill? May be a chance to do your springs?
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    Default Did the job yesterday

    Thanks once again fellas - did the job yesterday (both springs) and owing to the information on here and hence being prepared it was dead simple !!

    My eventual method for dealing with the strut top nut was:
    1) Crack the nut with the strut still on the car.
    2) When strut off car and spring compressed - used a spark plug socket and adjustable spanner with torx key through the middle held with mole grips - both were easy to undo.
    3) Re-assemble and screwed nut back on all the way off the car then full torque setting (100NM) once strut back on the car.

    I also noticed that the original springs have a short length of protective PVC tubing over the first 150mm or so of spring length, I reclaimed this and fitted it to the replacement springs, which didn't have it.

    If any further breakages though I will be looking for better quality aftermarket replacements.

    Steve C (signumv6man)

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