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#1 Ben...

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 09:57 PM

Tooling Required

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

Step 1

Purchase Springs

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Step 2

Jack up the rear of one side of the car

Remove wheel

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Step 3

Undo bolt at the base of the shock

15mm socket

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Step 4

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

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Step 5

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

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Step 6

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

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Step 7

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

Step 8

Jack up the front of one side of the car

Remove Wheel

Step 9

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

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Step 10

Locate 3 strut bolts in engine bay

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 09:59 PM

Step 11

Remove 2 of the nuts and loosen the third

13mm Ratchet Spanner

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Step 12

Undo brake hose mounting clip

10mm Ratchet Spanner

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Step 13

Undo the bolt attaching the drop link to the shock

15mm Ratchet Spanner
5mm Allen Key

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Step 14

Undo the 2 bolts attatching the shock to the hub

18mm Socket
15mm Socket/15mm Ratchet Spanner

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Step 15

Undo the remaining nut in the engine bay

13mm Ratchet Spanner

Push down the hub

The shock should now just fall out

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Step 16

Undo the bolt holding the strut together

18mm Ring Spanner
6mm Allen Key

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Step 17

Pull off Metal Top Plate, Plastic Spacer & Rubber Housing

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

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Step 18

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

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 10:00 PM

Step 19

Replace nut on the the stud

18mm Ring Spanner
6mm Allen Key

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Step 20

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

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Step 21

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

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Step 22

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

Step 23

Do the same to the other side

Note the spring compressors do not need to be put on the front springs until the shocks have been removed from the car

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 09:15 AM

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?

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 10:00 AM

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

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 10:24 AM

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


So I guess you don't have the car under warranty right?

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 10:33 AM

Well it is until September

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 11:38 AM

Well it is until September


I guess I will have to go to ford for the fitting...right?

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 11:48 AM

Or to an approved garage I think

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 12:56 PM

Did you get your wheels checked by a garage after doing this? Nice guide for anybody willing to do this task :)

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 02:47 PM

Or to an approved garage I think


Yes, probably the also accept this option...

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 03:22 PM

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


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,
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Posted 28 July 2011 - 04:24 PM

Did you get your wheels checked by a garage after doing this? Nice guide for anybody willing to do this task :)


Wheels?! :S

Will get my tracking done in a few weeks

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,
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Ah right, that would of saved some time lol

THey set camber but don't adjust it

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 04:39 PM

Dose changing your springs to ebach affect your warranty if you do it your self

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 05:25 PM

Dose changing your springs to ebach affect your warranty if you do it your self


Most likely will affect the warranty.

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