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    Hi guys,
    I've finally got all the parts for my suspension now:

    Bilstein B4 all round
    Eibach Pro Springs
    2 new rear control arms
    2 new front drop links.



    Does anyone have any ideas what it will cost to fit, or should I attempt the work myself?
    My main problem if I did do the work, would be the front springs/shocks. The rest seems pretty straight forward.



    Thanks
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    All very easy if you have spring compressors. Do it yourself. I believe there are some how2's which will help.

    Then buy yourself several beers with the money you have saved.........

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    would have thought about a £100.00 drink to a nice litle tyre and exhaust place local to you matey......quote...''side job sunday''
    and see what they say
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    I rented a set of spring compressors from my local motorfactors, cost me a fiver for the afternoon. More than long enough to change a full set of springs, and I was doing it for the first time.

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    By spring compressors, you mean something like this:
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/DRAPER-2PC-COI...em180294858072
    ??

    I don't have any at the moment, but if they're cheap like those, then I'll do the job myself.

    I can find the How2 for rear springs and control arms:
    http://forum.vectra-c.com/showthread.php?t=46991
    and front drop links:
    http://forum.vectra-c.com/showthread.php?t=46475

    But I'm not too sure on the front springs and struts.

    Would it just be a case of:
    jacking up the car
    removing wheel
    compressing the springs
    removing bolts top and bottom of strut
    remove strut
    remove compressed spring
    compress new spring
    put new strut in place
    tighten everything up
    uncomress spring
    put wheel back on
    lower jack
    let car fall off the driveway

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    No need to compress the front spring on the car m8. Do that when it's off. The new spring should not need to be compressed that much as they will be shorter anyhow

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    I prefer the type that lock on to the spring using a clip. But they'll do the job.

    You're pretty much doead on there, but you'll also need to remove the top mount off the top of the damper to remove the spring. It's sometimes tricky as you either need to lock the damper piston with a strong set of molegrips holding a good lump of wet chamois leather (to protect the damper's ram from damage). Or you'll need a deep angle ring spanner and whatever tool to lock the damper (either allen or torx).

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    There is a top and bottom cup/plate which hold the springs when on the strut at the front. So you only need to compress so you can unscrew the cup to change the spring. But if you have new shockers then just compress new spring (off car) pop srping on new strut and screw cup on top. Then fit. Dead easy honest 2hrs max and thats if the bolts are a pig to get out!
    Last edited by steve; 22nd October 2008 at 21:54.

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    Quote Originally Posted by _ZS_ View Post
    you'll also need to remove the top mount off the top of the damper to remove the spring. It's sometimes tricky as you either need to lock the damper piston with a strong set of molegrips holding a good lump of wet chamois leather (to protect the damper's ram from damage). Or you'll need a deep angle ring spanner and whatever tool to lock the damper (either allen or torx).
    little tip before you remove the top off the damper take the tension off the bolt when fitted on the car (but dont fully undo). Then drop strut off. It is much easier than trying to take tension off when the strut and spring is rolling round on the floor (known from experience) unless ya have a clamp

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    Quote Originally Posted by _ZS_ View Post
    I rented a set of spring compressors from my local motorfactors, cost me a fiver for the afternoon. More than long enough to change a full set of springs, and I was doing it for the first time.

    You can buy cheap ones for a fiver! Really decent sets cost £10-20

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