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Fitting Springs

Post by RDowson » Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:18 pm

How easy is it to fit suspension springs?

I’m going to buy the Motech springs soon but don’t have much luck with garages and I’m such a perfectionist!

If I rent a ramp or lift is this something that is relatively easy to do myself?
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Re: Fitting Springs

Post by marco_polo » Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:48 pm

It can be quite dangerous to swap springs yourself, there are huge amounts of energy stored in the compressed front springs. We don't usually encourage amateur DIY (no offence intended).

I'd be quite wary if you haven't been previously shown by someone competent, you would need a very good set of spring compressors and hub spreader tool, on top of the usual tool kit / torque wrench / etc.

Or 3 hours labour at your local friendly garage. 1/2 hour per rear corner, 1 hour per front strut, as they're well versed in such things.
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Re: Fitting Springs

Post by RDowson » Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:58 pm

Ok. What sort of price should I expect to pay for fitting then?
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Re: Fitting Springs

Post by marco_polo » Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:17 pm

What does your prefered local friendly garage charge per hour?
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Re: Fitting Springs

Post by G1_rpc » Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:19 pm

I absolutely respect what marco_polo says, but if you are relatively proficient with a spanner, they aren't difficult. Rears are the most fiddly as you have to lever the arm down, but it's not too tough.

I'm a mechanic by trade so I know what to do, but as long as you take your time, you will be fine.

I would recommend taking the front springs to a friendly independent and they will swap them over on the struts for you. Then just piece it back together. Dead simple.

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Re: Fitting Springs

Post by Tricky401 » Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:54 pm

where are you based? somebody local might be able to suggest a garage to use

i’m guessing too far from motech for them to do it?
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Re: Fitting Springs

Post by Paul CS » Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:42 pm

If possible I’d try and get to Motech because there is a lot to be said about being way up on the learning curve as they are.

Just saying.

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Re: Fitting Springs

Post by Paul CS » Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:45 pm

If possible I’d try and get to Motech because there is a lot to be said about being way up on the learning curve as they are.

Just saying.

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Re: Fitting Springs

Post by RDowson » Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:57 pm

Tricky401 wrote:
Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:54 pm
where are you based? somebody local might be able to suggest a garage to use

i’m guessing too far from motech for them to do it?
I’m near Glasgow.

Would love to go to Motech but I think they are just a bit too far away.
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Re: Fitting Springs

Post by Paul CS » Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:04 pm

If possible I’d try and get to Motech because there is a lot to be said about being way up on the learning curve as they are.

Just saying.

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