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Front Suspension removed.

PostPost by: djb222 » Thu Aug 30, 2018 4:39 pm

I've now removed all components forward of the bulkhead for refurbishment or replacing....today it was the turn of the suspension. The off side took about 45mins but on the other side the top nut was stuck and took about 40mins to remove.

Trying to decide on whether to upgrade the suspension or not... not sure how old the dampers are..

https://youtu.be/mqgJH9yhS9s
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PostPost by: JonB » Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:54 pm

If you decide to upgrade your shock absorbers / springs, I'm looking for a pair in better condition than mine (which I think are proper shot). Judging from the state of the springs, I'd say yours had some life in them though.

My springs on the other hand are thick with rust.
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PostPost by: djb222 » Thu Aug 30, 2018 6:57 pm

I'll keep that in mind JonB..
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PostPost by: vincereynard » Thu Aug 30, 2018 6:58 pm

Jon,

Judging by the vid, the car's a 2 seater.
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Fri Aug 31, 2018 6:52 am

If it's a 2 seater the Stud on the bottom of the Shock is not at the same angle as the +2 :wink:
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PostPost by: djb222 » Fri Aug 31, 2018 8:31 am

Yes they are from an S4...I didn't realise they were different to a +2.
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PostPost by: JonB » Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:26 am

Drat and blast it...

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PostPost by: paddy » Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:10 am

I have a pair of TTR "comfort" spec dampers with adjustable spring seats which were on my car for about 3 years and are in good condition. The same can't be said for the springs, however, which each broke into 4 pieces. I replaced the units completely because I had limited time to do it. So if you can source some new springs, they might be useful to you.

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PostPost by: djb222 » Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:15 am

Thanks Paddy,

I'll bear that in mind

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PostPost by: vincereynard » Fri Aug 31, 2018 7:27 pm

alan.barker wrote:If it's a 2 seater the Stud on the bottom of the Shock is not at the same angle as the +2 :wink:
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Not to mention the wrong spring rate!
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