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Spike
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:31 am    Post subject: Broken spring and options Reply with quote

So after a year of trouble free ownership including a trip to the south of France, I went into the garage yesterday and noticed the o/s/r sitting very low as shown in the photo - I’m guessing it’s the common issue of a broken spring as it’s only the one side, but strange it often happens when the car isn’t being driven.

Anyway it opens up some options for me and your advice would be appreciated:-

1) Although I’ve just missed the bulk buy, I could get Techart springs rather than OEM and have it sit a bit lower, but do they give a harsher ride?

2) As it’s not my daily and I’m in no rush, I’m thinking of changing them myself at home. The car has PASM, so is it a relatively straight forward procedure or best avoided? Any tips or pointers? (I don’t have a repair manual but do have spring compressors, impact wrench, etc). I realise the geometry will also need to be rechecked afterwards.

3) given the car has high mileage is it recommended to also change the dampers at the same time? If so, should I get Bilstein B4 or B6 (I want to retain the PASM) and are there any other parts also required?

All experience and opinions welcome! thumbsup
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Phil 997
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Putting springs on from the likes of techart, H&R or Eibach won't charge the ride quality at all , you really won't notice the change from stock , but the handling and stance are a huge improvement. as for DIY only you know your skill level and confidence to take it on but lots do it DIY.

cant comment on your other questions sorry. Thumb Thumb
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you have PASM and are doing it DIY it helps massively if you have a vice to hold the top washer on the strut assembly while undoing the top nut. The washer has 2 slots in it for a special tool to hold it but a vice works just as well.

The rest is pretty simple, A large ball joint splitter is also helpful.
 



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the responses chaps.

Just the kind of advice I was looking for thanks Rojdog!

I’ve done a few classic restorations so ok with a set of spanners, just didn’t want to strip it all down and halfway through find it’s not a DIY job & specialist tools are required.

I think I’ll start by getting a set of Eibach Pro-kit lowering springs & see how the shocks look when it’s apart. I hear the weather won’t be improving anytime soon so I should have plenty of time to figure it out Question
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you have not already got the Eibach, I would go with techart, experience with the 996s, the Eibach can be a bit low and then you can run into alignment issues, the techart springs are not as low and you can avoid such issues, mainly the rear gives the issue
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As AtG says techarts drop the least out of the three main brands Thumb
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