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Old 07-09-2007   #31
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Re: Best replacement springs?

Well, it's on the stands at the front, but guess what.... I'm having trouble with the lower bolts. Mainly the upper most of the bottom two.

My socket seems to be rounding off the head. I finally managed to do the off side by turning the bolt side rather than the head side, but now it still won't budge. I tapped the bottom one out with a hammer, but even a sledge won't budge the top one.

Any ideas? Otherwise I'm thinking of trying my heat gun, I've already tipped WD40 over it.

No broken bones or deep cuts yet, but some missing skin
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Old 07-09-2007   #32
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Stick lots of penetrating spray on it then go to lunch - come back and give it another go..........

For God's sake don't round the bolt heads - that turns if from a 2 hour job to a 2 day job. Heating it might be a good idea, that was standard practice when I was a mechanic (years ago) but then I fixed very big lorries..........

If you do round the head off then this is about the only way you will get it off.........



But then you will need to replacement bolts I was banging on about the other day!!!
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Re: Best replacement springs?

The single bolt will still be under load as its holding up the wishbone and caliper. Put the jack under the wishbone and take some of the weight off. It will help when you come to take the last bolt out. Take your time and keep at it.

Once you do one side you find you can do the other loads faster. Just think, once you have finished you have saved yourself a good £150 -£200 and you now know how to change your shocks and springs. Nice work
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Thanks to Doc for the tip, I tried the jack to take the load off, but the bolt still doesn't move. I tried a new socket set which gave a bit more grip, as I thought turning it might help knock it out. I also took a week off as I had to work in Hungary but still no joy.

I'm off on my hols tomorrow night so I might try again once I get back, otherwise it's off to the garage with my tail between my legs....
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Refer to my earlier post - brute force, ignorance and a bloody big monkey wrench!!!!!
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An hammer................that's all you need
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I bought a blow torch today, but I'm supposed to be packing as we fly out tonight.......

We'll see if I get time to try that and a hammer
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Careful with the blow torch - it would all end in tears!!
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Well no joy with the blow torch so it went to the garage today. The guy had it all done in an hour and a half so it only cost me 100

So far it seems very good. The acceleration is better and I no longer get any wheel spin. It used to be that running to the red line in 1st, I got a bit of squeaking as I took 2nd, but now there's none at all and even pushing hard in 1st seems fine.

Going round a roundabout I felt I could do whatever speed I liked, the car just doesn't lean compared to before, it's just a matter of deciding at what point I'm going to be sick!

Braking seems much improved and even under hard braking I didn't manage to get any squeaking from, the tyres.

I also feel that I'm getting better feedback through the steering wheel.

My wife claims the ride is more comfortable too. I think she's right on a reasonably smooth road.

I did find that the car seems to follow undulations a bit more which was a bit strange and on very uneven roads it felt a bit skitish. The skitishness felt like it was coming more from the back so I'll have to check everything is OK there. One thing I did notice is that the plastic cups the rear springs sit in were pretty knackered and bits had fallen off, has anyone else noticed this?

So, tomorrow I'll take her for a longer drive and hopefully get a better idea of how it's going.

Thanks again to everyone who's helped with advice and particularly to Doc for his shock replacement guide.
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Now you have the shocks and springs done start saving for the uprated ARB kit. It brings the Barchetta handling all together.
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Did the ARB really add that much?

Time for a confession, I checked the back end of the car and found that the bolt on the off-side rear that attaches the bottom of the shock to the car had come completely off

I've always had a problem with over-tightening, but this time it seems I went the other way. Wife laughed a lot and threatened to post a pic on the forum, the cheek!
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HEHHEHE LOL what you like

Its 50% shocks and springs and 50% ARB kit.
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Thanks for the info Doc.

Well, all bolts in and seem secure even after a 30 minutes test. Drives even better now

Anyone else had problems with the cups the rear springs sit in having bits fall off of them?
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