So after getting all the parts together I tackled the job of lowering the Vectra Estate.
So sick of its arch clearance resembling that of a Range Rover I ordered Eibach Springs(£190), Meyle Drop Links(£35) and TRW track rod ends(£32) as well as new nuts and bolts to hold it all together from the stealers(£26). Its worth ordering track rod end nuts even though they come complete the vaux nuts have flared edges to them.
This was probably biggest job I've done on the car and took near on 7 hours to do. A few silly times when I was struggling to undo things and a bit of wasted time to temporarily refit struts to crack off piston nut. Did not start til 1300 after a shift at work so finished rears off with the aid of a head torch.
forum7.jpgThings specifically obtained for the job plus an angle tightening gauge, 150pc Halfrauds tool kit, cars jack, trolley jack, two axle stands, WD40, Rubber gloves, deep sockets 21/22mm, allen and torx keys and a few other bits and bobs.
springs.jpgOld vs New, they are shorter out of the box. Not as website.
forum1.jpgBefore, Charlie is shocked at the arch clearance.
forum2.jpgNote the pink wire holding the swivel hub in place and overspray of WD40.
forum4.jpgMore turns on the spring.
forum3.jpgNote uprated drop links, feel much more substantial.
forum5.jpgAll reinserted and bolted up.
forum6.jpgThe final result, after a ride last to settle everything in and a wash this morning.
Does not look lowered especially, just sits better. Definitely feels tighter now, not a harsh ride at all. Quite surprised. Does not struggle over bumps. Just right.
Any questions please ask, had to refer to this forum a few times, especially doing rears. I undid a few bolts I did not need to on first side(Haynes manual does not seem to cover estate), second one took less than half an hour and one bolt.