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    Default Time for lowering springs…

    After a large amount of head scratching and trying out various fixes I have opted to change the springs on my wifes SRI Vectra to cure the pulling to the left.

    (Basically after checked almost everything else I have discovered I have two different spring types on the front with the driver’s side looking like a standard spring and the passenger side being an SRI (15mm lower) spring. Basically this is causing the car to pull left under load of breaking noticeably and a slight pull while cruising).

    So I have bought myself the following

    Eibach Pro springs
    Top mount bushes
    Spring clamps
    Impact wrench gun
    Deep 18mm and 22mm sockets

    To go with the full set of spanners and sockets etc I already have.

    So… (and this is where I am looking for your input)… How to do it…!

    I have looked at the how to guide and it looks fairly styraight forward. I also helped my mate do my vectra and remember most of the process.

    Plan is to strip the front shocks out, clamp the springs down and use the impact gun to chock off the retaining nut at the top of the shocker. Swap springs and secure up… does that sound about right?

    Rears are even easier so not to worried about that.

    Is that about right or do I need to do anything else…?

    Oh I am also going to get both cars hunter set up after for allignment and camber at MTech in Galsgow. I know the tracking is spot on for the cars but figure I should get the camber is nothing else adjusted.

    So all, Hints, tips, thoughts etc please…!

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    Quote Originally Posted by coldo View Post
    Plan is to strip the front shocks out, clamp the springs down and use the impact gun to chock off the retaining nut at the top of the shocker. Swap springs and secure up… does that sound about right?
    I'd crack the top nut first before removing the shock.

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    I took my springs off the front and had to put them back in temporarily to crack nut off. I bought all new nuts and bolts (as recommended by haynes manual). Ideally you would need a through ratchet to enable a torx bit to go through to hold the piston in place while you slacken and tighten top nut, definitely worth replacing that one as its a nylock. Make sure the threaded part of the bolts face backwards etc.

    Hunter alignment is good, but I dropped mine and it never required the camber changing, I'm not 100% but most say it can't be adjusted without changing for camber bolts. A thread I started had pics of printout showing only toe had been altered. Still for £50 not bad.

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    You can use a torx socket and Jam the top nut in place till it loosens, but its an utter ball ache!!!

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    Job done... Impact gun and shocked all bolts off.... BISH BASH BOSH... I now have a lowered vectra C...

    Took 2 hours all in...!

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    Lol.... I only have a few on my phone... I will try and get some more once I have washed the car...

    This was my helper with the car...!








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    Well done mate,satisfying doing job herself,btw where do you stay? I see one of my fellow slc workers vans in the background lol

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    as i always say "FEET OFF THE SEATS" lol
    and looking at the first pic it really needed lowering lmfao

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    Quote Originally Posted by pogo View Post
    Well done mate,satisfying doing job herself,btw where do you stay? I see one of my fellow slc workers vans in the background lol
    Im in Law Village... or The Law if yoru local... Your so right about doing the work yourself... A real feeling of "I did that"... What worries me is in the past I have paid a total of 300 to have springs fitted etc on cars which I could have saved.... Oh well. you live and learn.

    Quote Originally Posted by mrk View Post
    as i always say "FEET OFF THE SEATS" lol
    and looking at the first pic it really needed lowering lmfao
    at just over two he doesnt listen to me when I say this to him... On the plus side is going to be such a petrol head... HE loves the cars and getting dirty playing with the wheels and breaks in this case!

    I never really noticed that the first pic was when the car was raised on stands... That said my LS had this as it's standard ride hight

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