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    ...Change the front springs??? How much work is involved? Tools?

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    air gun is an almost must in my opinion

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    I have changed them without an air gun, a bit mote muscle needed but not a difficult job with the right tools, and the correct know how.

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    Can you give me a run down on what I need and how to do it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed taylor View Post
    I have changed them without an air gun, a bit mote muscle needed but not a difficult job with the right tools, and the correct know how.
    lol, a lot more sweaing and spanner rash ed im a big loon and its a pain in the arse without a gun but yeah it can be done...

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    for a start, do you have spring clamps ? have you done this before? its actually quite a dangerous thing to try for the first time without guidance

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    It's relatively easy to do if you have the right tools to hand.

    You'll need:

    E12 socket
    18mm deep socket
    18mm spanner
    22mm socket
    Long T50 torx bit
    Air gun if available (makes life a lot easier.)
    Torque wrench (again, if available)
    Pair of spring compressors
    Hammer
    Pair of mole grips
    Pair of axle stands
    WD40 (plenty of)
    Plasters and bandages (almost always required)

    Don't think i've missed anything off there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bertbuckie1 View Post
    for a start, do you have spring clamps ? have you done this before? its actually quite a dangerous thing to try for the first time without guidance
    Yes I have a access to a Spring Clamp, I've never done this before... I have a haynes manual if that's "guidance" LOL

    The rears seem easy enough, I need to do the control arms too and ARB bushes. I'm fitting lowering springs, so shouldnt need a spring compressor thou right?

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    Take wheel off. take the two bolt bolts off that connect shock absorber to hub. Remove anti roll bar link and three bolts at the top strut mount (under bonnet)and that's the suspension strut ready to remove. You then have to compress the spring to take the tension off of the top mount then remove the nut that holds the top strut mount to the shock absorber and remove the spring. Simple! Reverse procedure to refit.

    Seriously you will need a set of spring compressors and the rest is just spanners and sockets.

    I would be very carefull doing it yourself because if you have the spring compressed and the compressors slip then you might take you head off (worst case scenario).

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    spring clamps should also be able to compress the springs ?ones i have do anyway, lol @ haynes guidance it is a reletavly easy task, but i personally would recomend having someone compitant with you - no ofence but one **** up could kill you, know what i mean

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