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Old 17-03-2011   #61
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Re: Croma springs

Springs in the old days used to outlast shocks by a large margin. Shocks generally degrade in performance over time before they finally and usually suddenly fail. Often they visibly leak fluid long before final failure.

Not easy to answer your question but if the shocks are OK, not showing signs of leakage and you are happy with the ride and handling then I would (and did) replace the springs only. However if you are a sporty driver in your Croma wanting to have the best handling you can then I would change both at the same time. I'm a sporty driver always when I'm out in our Barchetta or Strada Abarth but with the Croma only sometimes. The Croma is not extactly a sporty car that you can get long term pleasure from throwing it around and pushing the handling. It is fun for a while but after that gets boring and tiresome.
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Have you "spring changers" decided which make, type and supplier I should use for my spring change?
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Anything other than Fiat.

Mine were some funny Swedish brand. Can't remember the name, but it said "cold" (forged?) or something on the box as well as the name. It may have begun with an M (but I'm guessing now). I just ordered based on make/model from a local car parts place.

The new ones don't have the extra-thin metal towards the ends like the originals. The spring reduces in coil diameter towards the ends, but the radius of the metal rod itself does not reduce.
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Kilen Springs

http://www.kilensprings.com/

These springs are actually http://www.lesjoforsab.com/default-uk.asp springs sold in the UK under the Kilen brand name.

These are what I fitted.
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Just for the record the N/S front failed yesterday. That's both front springs after only 46,000 miles.
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I heard a 'boing' noise from the front a week ago. Couldn't see if the springs were broken. Looked ok.
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I heard a 'boing' noise from the front a week ago. Couldn't see if the springs were broken. Looked ok.
You didn't run over a West Bromwich Albion fan did you?
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You didn't run over a West Bromwich Albion fan did you?
I dunno, should I have?
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I dunno, should I have?
Not a footie fan then? West Brom fans have a chant, boing boing baggies. On a serious note, my Croma makes all sort of strange noises from the suspension including boinging noises, it is the spring seat settling. Other posts mention a mod to fit a rubber sleeve which is supposed to cure this.
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Nope, football doesn't do it for me, prefer racing of cars and boats.
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Well my driver's side spring (LHD) broke today while changing parking spots and had a wheel @ full lock. Will be changing both front ones for KYB @ 37eur a piece plus 18eur labour per side and 10eur for front end allignment. So some 100+odd quid total which I guess is not too bad for a 5.5 year old car with 110+k miles.
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BOOM!


Front left spring has gone! Just done 1000 miles holiday to Belgium and back. First trip around town and this happens. Anyone confirm the GM version for the 150 multijet as the local motorfactors don't have a Croma part number.
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BOOM!


Front left spring has gone! Just done 1000 miles holiday to Belgium and back. First trip around town and this happens. Anyone confirm the GM version for the 150 multijet as the local motorfactors don't have a Croma part number.
go low and you can get a full set of fk springs for 48,48
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As mentioned earlier in the thread I fitted Kilen springs and am well satisfied.

Unlike Fiat original springs (and I suspect GM and some other OEM ones) these do not use tapered wire. Good solid uniform and traditional spring.

What was even more interesting is that the static ride height did not change and the ever so critical rear suspension geometry for eliminating the Croma's bad reputation for rear tyre wear did not need adjusting.
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Re: Croma springs

Struggling to find a supplier...

Most places don't even list a part for the Croma.

Bilstein list some comparison numbers for the 1.9 16v Croma coil springs. Shame the link doesn't list what that would be attached to!

http://web1.carparts-cat.com/default...2018004&12=140



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