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Ben...
[b]Tooling Required[/b]

New Springs
Trolley Jack
Spring Compressors
Axle Stand
Metric Spanners (Ideally Ratchet Spanners)
An 18mm Ring Spanner (See Step 16)
Metric Allen Keys
Metric Socket Set
Torque Wrench

[b]Step 1[/b]

Purchase Springs

[IMG]http://i491.photobucket.com/albums/rr276/BenArmitage_photos/Eibach%20Lowering/75591885.jpg[/IMG]

[b]Step 2[/b]

Jack up the rear of one side of the car

Remove wheel

[IMG]http://i491.photobucket.com/albums/rr276/BenArmitage_photos/Eibach%20Lowering/9ca9e1c1.jpg[/IMG]

[b]Step 3[/b]

Undo bolt at the base of the shock

15mm socket

[IMG]http://i491.photobucket.com/albums/rr276/BenArmitage_photos/Eibach%20Lowering/d652c60c.jpg[/IMG]

[b]Step 4[/b]

Either

1. Get someone to stand on the hub (easy option)
2. Compress the rear spring (hard to get to)

An pull the spring out

[IMG]http://i491.photobucket.com/albums/rr276/BenArmitage_photos/Eibach%20Lowering/becdfcfa.jpg[/IMG]

[b]Step 5[/b]

Get your new spring and put the locating rubber grommet in the top
(Writing goes the correct way up)

[IMG]http://i491.photobucket.com/albums/rr276/BenArmitage_photos/Eibach%20Lowering/c3196a98.jpg[/IMG]

[b]Step 6[/b]

Replace the new spring getting the top in place first

Either

1. Get someone to stand on the hub and fit spring
2. Slightly compress the side of the spring closest to the front of the car and fit spring

Then replace wheel

[IMG]http://i491.photobucket.com/albums/rr276/BenArmitage_photos/Eibach%20Lowering/b0e7294a.jpg[/IMG]

[b]Step 7[/b]

Jack up the other side of the car and replace the other rear spring

[b]Step 8[/b]

Jack up the front of one side of the car

Remove Wheel

[b]Step 9[/b]

Using spring compressors

Put one on each side of the spring

Tighten each compressor a little bit at a time keeping the spring even

Tighten until the spring can rattle about and feels loose

[IMG]http://i491.photobucket.com/albums/rr276/BenArmitage_photos/Eibach%20Lowering/da57d454.jpg[/IMG]

[b]Step 10[/b]

Locate 3 strut bolts in engine bay

[IMG]http://i491.photobucket.com/albums/rr276/BenArmitage_photos/Eibach%20Lowering/c42d3b02.jpg[/IMG]
Ben...
[b]Step 11[/b]

Remove 2 of the nuts and loosen the third

13mm Ratchet Spanner

[IMG]http://i491.photobucket.com/albums/rr276/BenArmitage_photos/Eibach%20Lowering/064cd2db.jpg[/IMG]

[b]Step 12[/b]

Undo brake hose mounting clip

10mm Ratchet Spanner

[IMG]http://i491.photobucket.com/albums/rr276/BenArmitage_photos/Eibach%20Lowering/10bd1978.jpg[/IMG]

[b]Step 13[/b]

Undo the bolt attaching the drop link to the shock

15mm Ratchet Spanner
5mm Allen Key

[IMG]http://i491.photobucket.com/albums/rr276/BenArmitage_photos/Eibach%20Lowering/faaa6f3a.jpg[/IMG]

[b]Step 14[/b]

Undo the 2 bolts attatching the shock to the hub

18mm Socket
15mm Socket/15mm Ratchet Spanner

[IMG]http://i491.photobucket.com/albums/rr276/BenArmitage_photos/Eibach%20Lowering/53245d1c.jpg[/IMG]

[b]Step 15[/b]

Undo the remaining nut in the engine bay

13mm Ratchet Spanner

Push down the hub

The shock should now just fall out

[IMG]http://i491.photobucket.com/albums/rr276/BenArmitage_photos/Eibach%20Lowering/b867201e.jpg[/IMG]

[b]Step 16[/b]

Undo the bolt holding the strut together

18mm Ring Spanner
6mm Allen Key

[IMG]http://i491.photobucket.com/albums/rr276/BenArmitage_photos/Eibach%20Lowering/bec88457.jpg[/IMG]

[b]Step 17[/b]

Pull off Metal Top Plate, Plastic Spacer & Rubber Housing

Then loosen the spring compressors a little bit at a time keeping the spring even

[IMG]http://i491.photobucket.com/albums/rr276/BenArmitage_photos/Eibach%20Lowering/58a24795.jpg[/IMG]

[b]Step 18[/b]

Compress new spring to the same length the old one was compressed to

Put the spring on the shock

Replace Rubber Housing, Plastic Spacer & Metal Top Plate

[IMG]http://i491.photobucket.com/albums/rr276/BenArmitage_photos/Eibach%20Lowering/06560ab7.jpg[/IMG]
Ben...
[b]Step 19[/b]

Replace nut on the the stud

18mm Ring Spanner
6mm Allen Key

[IMG]http://i491.photobucket.com/albums/rr276/BenArmitage_photos/Eibach%20Lowering/29bf7fe6.jpg[/IMG]

[b]Step 20[/b]

Put strut back in place and replace the 3 nuts in the engine bay

13mm Ratchet Spanner

Put an axle stand under the lower arm

[IMG]http://i491.photobucket.com/albums/rr276/BenArmitage_photos/Eibach%20Lowering/23458cf2.jpg[/IMG]

[b]Step 21[/b]

Lower trolley jack slowly until the bolt attaching the drop link to the shock lines up with the hole

Replace the nut

15mm Ratchet Spanner
5mm Allen Key

[IMG]http://i491.photobucket.com/albums/rr276/BenArmitage_photos/Eibach%20Lowering/13932678.jpg[/IMG]

[b]Step 22[/b]

Replace the 2 bolts attacthing the strut to the hub

Replace the bolt fixing the brake hose in place

Remove the spring compressors

Then replace Wheel

[b]Step 23[/b]

Do the same to the other side

[b]Note the spring compressors do not need to be put on the front springs until the shocks have been removed from the car[/b]
stef123
Excellent! I bet a few have been looking for something like this. nice one.

Only thing i would have done differently is compressing the spring, you should be able to remove and install the shock without the need to compress it.

the 2 bolts at the bottom of the strut attaching it to the steering knuckle, is one of those a camber bolt?

cheers
stef
Ben...
But then there is tension on the all the bolts you need to remove.

Was my first time doing it so though better be safe than sorry lol.

Thanks for advice though.

Having the 2 bolts holds the hub at the right angle so I presume it's to do with camber
Tato
[quote name='Ben...' timestamp='1311846600' post='137615']
But then there is tension on the all the bolts you need to remove.

Was my first time doing it so though better be safe than sorry lol.

Thanks for advice though.

Having the 2 bolts holds the hub at the right angle so I presume it's to do with camber
[/quote]

So I guess you don't have the car under warranty right?
Ben...
Well it is until September
Tato
[quote name='Ben...' timestamp='1311848627' post='137623']
Well it is until September
[/quote]

I guess I will have to go to ford for the fitting...right?
Ben...
Or to an approved garage I think
Mark M.K
Did you get your wheels checked by a garage after doing this? Nice guide for anybody willing to do this task :)
Tato
[quote name='Ben...' timestamp='1311853125' post='137646']
Or to an approved garage I think
[/quote]

Yes, probably the also accept this option...
stef123
[quote name='Ben...' timestamp='1311846600' post='137615']
But then there is tension on the all the bolts you need to remove.

Was my first time doing it so though better be safe than sorry lol.

Thanks for advice though.

Having the 2 bolts holds the hub at the right angle so I presume it's to do with camber
[/quote]

with the strut still in place uncompressed the lower arm will drop a few inches away from it so there shouldn't be any tension on the bolts.

I only ask about the bolts holding the hub as one of them may be a cam bolt to set the camber?

all the best,
stef
Ben...
[quote name='Mark M.K' timestamp='1311857210' post='137665']
Did you get your wheels checked by a garage after doing this? Nice guide for anybody willing to do this task :)
[/quote]

Wheels?! :S

Will get my tracking done in a few weeks

[quote name='stef123' timestamp='1311865934' post='137693']
with the strut still in place uncompressed the lower arm will drop a few inches away from it so there shouldn't be any tension on the bolts.

I only ask about the bolts holding the hub as one of them may be a cam bolt to set the camber?

all the best,
stef
[/quote]

Ah right, that would of saved some time lol

THey set camber but don't adjust it
Zetecd
Dose changing your springs to ebach affect your warranty if you do it your self
Tato
[quote name='Zetecd' timestamp='1311870592' post='137708']
Dose changing your springs to ebach affect your warranty if you do it your self
[/quote]

Most likely will affect the warranty.
D4nz0
Did my instructions help much mate? Also, I agree with the compressors comment earlier, fitting them when unit is on car is pointless and more hassle.


I'm actually really surprised you took the rear wheel off. Just jack it right up and use the weight of the alloy to help lower rear arm regardless of whether u use a mate to stand on it or use compressors for rears.

I would also recommend having a separate.scissor jack for raising the disc when refitting the droplink, reason for this is coz a lot of trolley jacks don't allow slow controlled releases, and could easily lead to fuckin up the car if u done it wrong. Just scissor jack under the disc, being careful until you can fit drop link back on.
Ben...
Yer they did help mate.. Thanks for that

I agree also, just didn't know at the time and wanted to be safe rather than sorry

I took the rear wheel off because I was on my own and with the wheel off I could put weight on the hub while moving the spring in to place
c_davis92
eibech are a ford approved company so it shouldnt affect the warrenty... but does this also apply for coilovers or is it a completely different story??
D4nz0
[quote name='c_davis92' timestamp='1311939288' post='137828']
eibech are a ford approved company so it shouldnt affect the warrenty... but does this also apply for coilovers or is it a completely different story??
[/quote]

The fact is, if you fit them yourself, you void your warranty. You need an Eibach Approved fitter to keep your warranty intact. Namely a Ford garage.
ONETrueSaturday
Well in on the guide mate. However I might get it fitted by a pro as Im no car expert.
Dorfer
Wow, fantastic guide. I am a complete rookie at car mods and have been blasting this forum with silly questions lol but this guide (WITH PICTURES :)) is amazing.

I mybe just give it a go on my mk6
stef123
[quote name='Dorfer' timestamp='1312030077' post='137946']
Wow, fantastic guide. I am a complete rookie at car mods and have been blasting this forum with silly questions lol but this guide (WITH PICTURES :)) is amazing.

I mybe just give it a go on my mk6
[/quote]

IIRC the front setup is a bit different on the mk6. on the mk7 the struts are bolted to the steering knuckle but on the mk6 they are fitted into the steering knuckle. bit more of a PITA on the mk6 but still quite easy, especially if you open up the split where the pinch bolt goes through to clamp the strut, there are a few tools out there for doing this but a chisel usually works.
sambooka
i take it if you get this done by ford or approved dealer then you warranty is still valid then. i only ask because i have a year and a half remaining on mine and im itching to start modding it
iNath
[quote name='sambooka' timestamp='1324573249' post='157718']
i take it if you get this done by ford or approved dealer then you warranty is still valid then. i only ask because i have a year and a half remaining on mine and im itching to start modding it
[/quote]

Correct :)
William Crossey
as a qulified ford tech and for safety concerns i dont recomend using spiral spring clamps of that nature as ive seen first hand them slipping off and putting a man in hospital for near 2 years because the spring hit him up the face. secondly i dont reccomend fitting lowering springs without lowered shocks as when the rear axel drops to full relaise the spring can jump out of the spring seats and then the wheel pushes through the top of the arch,also ford only warrents a car that has the matching lowered/shortened shocks fitted at the same time,doesnt have to be ford fits them but a qulified ford tech can fit them outside of a ford garage too. brake and suspension mods should not be atempted by somone that has not enough experiance as at the end of the day life is worth more than damage.
glen40

Hi

The instructions in this thread are great but is anyone able to help with removal of Mk6 Fiesta Coils Springs (06 reg).  My daughter's car is up for sale and last week when somebody came to see it, it was fine, however on Saturday when someone else was due to come and see it I went to move it on the drive and the near side coil had snapped.  As I am unable to drive it to a garage I need to replace the spring and was looking for a guide.  As we are selling the car do not wish to get a Haynes manual and wondered if anyone can help with which bolt to undo at the bottom.  I have undone the strut bolts in the engine bay, undone the drop link and could now do with some direction on which bolt to undo attaching the shock to the hub.  It is different from the one shown in the guide and could do with some advice.

I have undone the bolt going through the shock which has  an allen key head on the other side.  How do I get this bolt out, do I just hit s**t out of it or is there a simpler way, have I actually undone the right bolt.  Once this is loose will the shock and spring just drop down or is there a bit of manoeuvring to do with it.  I have some spring compressors to get the new spring onto the strut.

Any help would be appreciated

 

many thanks



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