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Little tip 4 you m8, the day before you start the job go around and put penetrating fluid on all the main bolts.
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Little tip 4 you m8, the day before you start the job go around and put penetrating fluid on all the main bolts.
I think that goes for ANY job you are planning on doing on the B!!!! (oh, and make sure you have lots of spare bolts )
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wd40 is our best friend!!
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Well I've just been told that the springs have arrived. So, tonight I'll try and put some WD40 in the right places.

Do I really need spare bolts? Do they sheer off so easily?

Are we talking Fiat only bolts?
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You might get away with the bolts but my past experience is if key bolt can shear - it will!!!
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This is going to sound a bit daft, but I haven't used a trolley jack for more than ten years. Which point do you put it on, given that I need to put the axle stands on the jacking point?
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This is going to sound a bit daft, but I haven't used a trolley jack for more than ten years. Which point do you put it on, given that I need to put the axle stands on the jacking point?
I use the jacking points for the trolley jack and then put the axle stands on the end of the suspension trailing arm..........you could (in theory) put the axle stands on the floor and spread the weight using a short, stout section of wood?

If you are going to do one side at a time put two axle stands on one side relatively close together with a broad, thick plank of wood between them and spread the load even further?
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Well the back is done! Took six hours, didn't help me doing up rather than un-doing while upside down!

Now for the fronts.... more tomorrow
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Six hours to do the backs !!!!!!! Its only 4 bolts !!! Nice one 4 having a go yourself, keep at it.
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Good man - how many snapped bolts?
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No snapped bolts...... yet! Some time was lost due to too much rain (I don't mind getting a bit wet but..) then I lost a bit more trying to work out how to remove the springs.

I've got a set of spring clamps but they take forever to do up and un-do. I think the second side only took an hour and a half.

Having had a car fall on me once I'm also a bit nervous about going all the way under, so I probably could have saved some time by being in the right place.

A question: The bottom of the spring fit into cups. Mine seem a bit the worse for wear. The central piece which sticks up with a slight lip is the problem part. 75% of the lip has gone, I think I broke the last 5% or so Have any of you had smiler problems?

Anyway, I'm off to lick my wounds and have a glass of wine Tomorrow is another day!
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