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    Vehicle : Vectra

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    Engine : Z20NET

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    Can anyone tell me what's involved in removing the standard shocks and springs from my car and fitting new ones? I understand I need spring clamps for the front which I have just bought, but where do I start?

    I.E locations of bolts, technique etc etc.?

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    the rears are in the how2 section and it looks easy the fronts I think are harder but several ppl have had it done. link for the how2 below. you will get plenty of answers soon...

    http://forum.vectra-c.com/showthread.php?t=18608

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    After watching and helping Mark Gsi3.2 do the front a few times i think i'd be able to do it myself but not got enough information to hand to know all the steps... So no help there then lol..

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    right.. here we go....

    rears, jack and support the car, then remove the road wheel..place a trolley jack under the alloy rear arm..undo the damper using E18 and E20 sockets..replace and refit bolts..using 18mm spanner and E18 socket undo the lower crossbolt by the hub, remove the bolt, then gently lower the jack to drop the rear arm..remove the now decompressed spring and replace with the new one, jack the arm into position and replace and retighten the bolt, job done..


    Fronts..

    raise and support the car, remove the road wheel..

    undo the anti roll bar link (17mm spanner and 18mm socket)

    remove the brake line clip and free the brake line, undo the torx bolt and remove the electrical bracket from the strut..then remove the 2 cross bolts from the strut/hub assy.. ( 18mm spanner and socket)... then remove the 3 x torx bolts in the strut tower to free the strut assy..

    in a bench vice..

    fit spring compressors to the spring and take up the tension on the spring..

    undo the centre nut with a socket and an insert bit..

    remove the centre nut, top plate and top bearing and bump stop..

    now either swap for the new damper strut or keep the old one in the vice

    decompress the old spring if swapping springs and swap the clamps to the new spring and compress..

    if the spring assy to the damper strut, refit the bumpstop and top bearing assy and top plate..

    refit centre nut and torque down..

    locate spring in recess in strut lower seat and release spring clamps.. refit to car by reverse of removal procedure..

    total job time...45mins with air tools..

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    Just what i need Mark, i assume the facelifts are very similair?

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    Becareful using the spring clamps if the spring comes out of the clamps while clamped there is risk of serious injury or DEATH ! the cheap clamps are rubish thats why i made my own.

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    i dont have that problem this time round... dropping my front 2 shocks off at VX and they are swapping springs for me .... If you keep the service manager happy (i.e Crate of beer and 2 bottles of wine for xmas) he will help ya out

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    NB: on the rears on a face lift there is no need to remove the shock to change springs, just remove the 18mm nut and E18 bolt and lower the spring arm down, insert new spring, a job well done

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    If anyones looking to buy a 1/2" socket set for TORX bolts, then I can recommend these from machine mart at £23.48 inc.
    http://www.machinemart.co.uk/shop/pr...kets-tool-sets

    The 2 Ton jack and stands for £27.01 inc. is also good value for money.
    http://www.machinemart.co.uk/shop/pr...smission-jacks

    I cut a block of wood to fit nicely inside the jacking point plastic guides and jacked against this, but point the jack as much towards the front of the car as possible rather than straight out sideways (Trolley jacks don't lift straight up!), and whatever you do, USE AN AXLE STAND!!!!

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