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    Default Front shocks, advice

    I've been meaning to change the rear shocks on my Vectra for a while, but only just got round to ordering them. The rear ones are pretty easy to change apparantly, just a bolt at top, and one at bottom. So just jack car up, support, and do a straight swap.

    I was thinking I may as well just change all 4 and do the front ones too.
    Are these the same as the rear ones to install? or is there more to it?

    I'm just going for the standard VX ones for now, can really afford full new suspension, and the car seems to bounce all over the road, and sway when going round corners. Do you think changing the shocks will sort this?

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    Might do... but you could have worn suspension bushings.

    Things to check:
    Tyre Pressures
    Signs of oil leaks from the existing shocks (assuming they're not gas filled)
    Jack the car up & look for play in any of the components
    Look for visible wear to all moving suspension components

    Do the good old fashioned bounce-test to the car - it should be quite stiff to bounce, and if you bounce it down, it'll go up, then settle back to the normal level.

    Front shocks are completely different to the rears - they're a strut arrangement - the shock & spring sit together in one unit. Still a DIY job to change tho' Not sure if the whole strut needs to come off, or if the shock insert can be withdrawn from the top. Anyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddy2bsure View Post
    Signs of oil leaks from the existing shocks (assuming they're not gas filled)
    Gas shock absorbers still have oil in them, the gas is only in place of fresh air in normal shocks. There are two types, a single tube with gas under high pressure (about 20 to 25 bar), and a twin tube under low gas pressure (about 2 to 3 bar). The oil is still there, its just that above the piston is nitrogen gas instead of air and a transfer port.

    The strut must be removed from the vehicle to replace the inserts. Takes about 3/4 of an hour per side if you have the right tools.
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    Thanks for your replies.
    I'll change the back and see how it goes, if not, I'll go to a garage for a check.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GARY3306 View Post
    The strut must be removed from the vehicle to replace the inserts. Takes about 3/4 of an hour per side if you have the right tools.
    just a note, not a correction G, but they are now intergral with the strut..not a seperate unit like before..

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    You still need to compress the springs though don't you Mark?

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    yep... you need compressors as you'll need to swap over the spring, top plate, bearing and bumpstop

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gsi3.2 View Post
    just a note, not a correction G, but they are now intergral with the strut..not a seperate unit like before..
    Thanks for that Mark I wasn't aware. Not done any yet lol. Always good to know these things. Cheers mate
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