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  • #61
    Originally posted by 404pug View Post
    AMTS. I am about to replace all of my suspension with the group buy. I will be getting the struts fully assembled and leaving the old ones the same way. That being the case I was wondering if Step 9 [ the 2 nuts beside the castellated nut on the LCA] is still necessary or will the struts go in and out without this step? Thanks.
    Yes still necessary
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    • #62
      Ok . Thanks. Neil

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      • #63
        Loving the simplicity of this method..

        Is it vital I have a helper to do the install? or is it just a bit fidlier to do it on your own?

        Also, once everything is torqued up under load, is a couple laps of the block enough before rechecking torques? And is 10-20kms enough to settle it in before an alignment?

        Cheers

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        • #64
          I use a helper to pump the jack while guiding the top pin into the strut top. The top pin isn't always central going into the hole in the strut top. You may need some implement to (long screwdiver, thin piece of wood) to guide the pin in.

          You can hit some bumps to have the suspension settle before going for an alignment. The springs may settle into the rubber a bit so give it a week for an alignment.
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          • #65
            i'm sensing some yoga moves. i've previously pumped the trolley jack with my leg whilst holding things....

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            • #66
              When I'm doing the driver's side, the jack handle is pointing to the passenger side headlight. This is because you want to roll the jack with the sideways movement of the LCA as it swings up.
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              • #67
                Hi Guys, tried this and found two of the bottom LCA bolts are seized but still got the old springs and struts out ok.
                But now when installing the new struts I cannot get the new springs (standard height Lovells) to compress enough to even come close to getting the nut on top of the struts. When jacking up the LCA the whole car is lifting off the stands?
                Any thoughts please?

                If not it will be back to plan A, which was to remove the complete struts and take them to a mechanic to assemble the new springs/shocks.

                Thanks

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                • #68
                  Ensure the thread at the top of the strut is getting fed through the hole opening in the strut tophat.
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                  • #69
                    Wow , thanks amts for such a prompt response

                    I can feel the top of the strut bolt through the top hat and wriggle the strut by levering it with a screwdriver so I don't think that's the cause, especially when it's lifting the car off the stand.

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                    • #70
                      Are you changing the shocks as well? Or springs only? Any photos?
                      If you are changing shocks as well, make sure that the spring seat (if the removable type) are not installed upside down.
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                      • #71
                        KYB shocks as well, but no removable spring seat.

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