User Tag List

Thanks Thanks:  0
Likes Likes:  0
Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 26

Thread: Springs, Drop Links and Track Rod End Change. Estate.

  1. #1
    Regular Member Mission1979's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Castleford
    Problems Posted
    0
    Problems Solved
    0
    Best Answers
    0
    Good Answers
    0
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Vehicle InfoStats

    Vehicle : Vectra C

    Trim : Design

    Engine : 1.9CDTi

    Year : 2005

    Mileage : 113000

    Red face Springs, Drop Links and Track Rod End Change. Estate.

    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.

  2. #2
    Regular Member Sebastian's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Electric Heated Recaro Leather
    Problems Posted
    0
    Problems Solved
    0
    Best Answers
    0
    Good Answers
    0
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    35 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Vehicle InfoStats

    Vehicle : Vectra Estate

    Trim : Elite

    Engine : 1.9 DTH

    Year : 2008

    Default

    Now after settles is time to do four wheel alligment , any pics of the whole car ?
    u've had busy day

  3. #3
    Regular Member Mission1979's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Castleford
    Problems Posted
    0
    Problems Solved
    0
    Best Answers
    0
    Good Answers
    0
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Vehicle InfoStats

    Vehicle : Vectra C

    Trim : Design

    Engine : 1.9CDTi

    Year : 2005

    Mileage : 113000

    Default

    Do I really need to? It feels fine, I have looked at it but looks expensive. Maybe in time.

    The suspension ended up costing more than I wanted it to.

    Not got any good pictures of the car at the moment. It's pretty standard though, opel grill and boot badge.

    Need cheap mods....Suggestions

  4. #4
    Full Member chrisvectra's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Are you VXR Enough
    Problems Posted
    0
    Problems Solved
    0
    Best Answers
    0
    Good Answers
    0
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    13 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Vehicle InfoStats

    Vehicle : VXR8 6.0 muscle SRI ESTATE XP1

    Trim : VXR/ SRI ESTATE CDTI XP1

    Engine : 6.0 V8 Thunder

    Year : 2008

    Default

    You need the tracking reset fella as youve disturbed everything and will eat your tyres as well
    VXR IS FOR LIFE NOT JUST FOR THRILLS !



  5. #5
    Regular Member Mission1979's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Castleford
    Problems Posted
    0
    Problems Solved
    0
    Best Answers
    0
    Good Answers
    0
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Vehicle InfoStats

    Vehicle : Vectra C

    Trim : Design

    Engine : 1.9CDTi

    Year : 2005

    Mileage : 113000

    Default

    I'll get it in this week. Think Kwik fit do reasonable price online. I might have to keep my eye on them. They tried ccharging me for it once when I got a puncture, I know they didn't do it I was with them all the time.

  6. #6
    Regular Member rozzer2006's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Glasgow
    Problems Posted
    0
    Problems Solved
    0
    Best Answers
    0
    Good Answers
    0
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Vehicle InfoStats

    Vehicle : vectra

    Trim : VXR

    Engine : 2.8 v6 Turbo

    Year : 2008

    Mileage : 69k

  7. #7
    Full Member chrisvectra's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Are you VXR Enough
    Problems Posted
    0
    Problems Solved
    0
    Best Answers
    0
    Good Answers
    0
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    13 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Vehicle InfoStats

    Vehicle : VXR8 6.0 muscle SRI ESTATE XP1

    Trim : VXR/ SRI ESTATE CDTI XP1

    Engine : 6.0 V8 Thunder

    Year : 2008

    Default

    I wouldn't let them kwick fit muppets anywhere near my car fella surely there is a decent tyre place near you that a has a hunter machine that will set it up properly for ya
    VXR IS FOR LIFE NOT JUST FOR THRILLS !



  8. #8
    VIP-Member antowens's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    liverpool
    Problems Posted
    0
    Problems Solved
    0
    Best Answers
    0
    Good Answers
    0
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Vehicle InfoStats





    Default

    it looks like 2 different car first picture with charlie in the cars blue and the last one it looks black might just be my eyes like

  9. #9
    Regular Member CH-VECTRA-ELITE's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Frimley
    Problems Posted
    0
    Problems Solved
    0
    Best Answers
    0
    Good Answers
    0
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Vehicle InfoStats

    Vehicle : Vectra Estate

    Trim : Elite

    Engine : CDTI 150 (Z19 DTH)

    Year : 2006

    Mileage : 140000

    Default

    Not kwik fit, look for a garage that has the hunters wheel alighnment, yes it costs a little more but after what you've just done you might as well finish the job of properly

    http://www.alignmycar.co.uk/

  10. #10
    Regular Member Mission1979's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Castleford
    Problems Posted
    0
    Problems Solved
    0
    Best Answers
    0
    Good Answers
    0
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Vehicle InfoStats

    Vehicle : Vectra C

    Trim : Design

    Engine : 1.9CDTi

    Year : 2005

    Mileage : 113000

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by antowens View Post
    it looks like 2 different car first picture with charlie in the cars blue and the last one it looks black might just be my eyes like
    It is a very dark (Saturn) blue. You're not the first to think it looks black. Plus it was different times of day.

    Quote Originally Posted by chrisvectra View Post
    I wouldn't let them kwick fit muppets anywhere near my car fella surely there is a decent tyre place near you that a has a hunter machine that will set it up properly for ya
    Thanks for the advice, thought about calling in on way home, glad I didn't.

    Quote Originally Posted by CH-VECTRA-ELITE View Post
    Not kwik fit, look for a garage that has the hunters wheel alighnment, yes it costs a little more but after what you've just done you might as well finish the job of properly

    http://www.alignmycar.co.uk/
    There is one near me will call them for a quote. Cheers

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Anyone near Brighton able to change drop-links?
    By ROY GBIV in forum Vectra C / Signum Car Chat
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: 11th March 2011, 10:01
  2. Tie Rods, Track ends, Drop Links...
    By n_hudson in forum Suspension, Wheels & Brakes
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 22nd February 2009, 19:20
  3. Drop links and Track rod ends
    By iwoo in forum Suspension, Wheels & Brakes
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 29th July 2008, 17:03

Visitors found this page by searching for:

Nobody landed on this page from a search engine, yet!

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •