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Guide for changing springs only on a B7

dalepearson Jun 2, 2011

  1. dalepearson

    dalepearson Member

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    Hiya all,

    I have had a good search around and have not found what I am looking for.
    Is there a DIY guide anywhere that covers the process for installing front and rear lowering springs on a B7?

    Rears seem simple enough, its the front I am most concerned with.

    Thanks in advance.
    Dale
     
  2. unikarl

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  3. dalepearson

    dalepearson Member

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    Is it? Dealers said its about a 2 hour job so thought worst case 3 - 4 hours.
    I think the fronts would be most difficult.

    How long did it take you?
     
  4. unikarl

    unikarl Member

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    All day!

    The bolt that hold the upper ball joints into place siezes itself on so that's very time consuming. The rears are in so tight its untrue and you can't get spring compressors in as there isn't enough room so you have to drop the subframe and pull like hell on the arm while prizing the spring out..

    If the dealer can do it in two hours and that's all they will charge you for it then that's a good deal.
     
  5. dalepearson

    dalepearson Member

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    Hmm, I still think I might give it a go tomorrow, car is only a year old so hopefully not to seized up.
    Worst comes to the worst I just do it back up and book it into the dealers.

    Oh when the instructions say to apply load, I assume just pop the jack under the disc and jack it up to put some pressure on the shock to simulate the cars weight being on it?
     
  6. rowdyboy

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    A year old?? Are you in the right section mate?
     
  7. a8 tech back

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    if the upper arm bolt is seized just remove the full leg (dont hit the bolt with a hammer as it will swell inside the bearing carrier and cause you a nightmare)
    the rear can be done with the correct spring compressor in situ
    also you need a full 4 wheel align after to rest tow, bump steer and camber for the front and rear

    all in with 4 wheel around 8 hours
     

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