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Old 12-04-2012   #76
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Re: Croma springs

Quick answer - look at your axle weights on your car (plate under the bonnet) then get a spring from a vectra C or signum rated for the same axle weights. You'll probably find that front springs from a Vectra 1.9 CDTI fit the 1.9 Croma, I fitted front springs from a 3.0 CDTI Vectra to my 2.4 Croma with no problems (the 2.4 has got a higher front axle weight than the 1.9, hence I had to go for the 3.0 CDTI springs).

Apologies for any confusion, hope this helps.
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Kilen spring details

Front: Kilen P/N:12168 (on box) / 78333 (on spring) / 7394410102533 (next to bar code)

Rear: Kilen P/N:52132 (on box) / 78347 (on spring) / 7394410102670 (next to bar code)

http://www.kilensprings.com/springs-...2011_id458.pdf

Kilen is a sub brand name for Lesjofors.

Any decent UK motor factor should be able to get the springs for you.
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Eurocarparts do the springs for 48 each plus they have 25% off until April 25th.


If I get no joy with the info from Mr s130, I'll be ordering them online.
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Mine were Kilen. I couldn't remember the name, but remembered the picture on the box when I clicked s130's link (above).

Been on a fair while now, still in one piece. They did squeak at first, but some spray grease fixed that.

I didn't order any particular brand, just by car make and model at the local car spares place, so presumably they're a sensible trade price. They were just under 50 for the pair of rears. I wouldn't be surprised if the eurocarparts ones are Kilen too.
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All four of my replacements were Kilens, they have been o.k, I don't know if the rating is different but I would swear they are a bit softer than the originals, maybe it's just me though.
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Well with regards to the Kilen rear springs I can tell you this

1) we have all had rear suspension tracking / tyre wear problems
2) on Fiat springs I had a full 4 wheel laser/computer alignment done with critical focus on the rear where all the problems are
3) after fitting Kilen rear springs I had the 4 wheel laser/computer alignment done again as I was expecting a different ride height which seriously affects both camber and toe on the GM multi-link rear suspension.

I was really pleased to find that the rear geometry was the same!

Fiat have tapered coil springs with given ride height
Kilen springs are not tapered but have idential ride height and do not appear to affect rear suspension geometry.

This is what I found but, as they say, "your mileage may vary".
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I have changed all four of my springs and after a settling period I had a full alignment check on Friday and was surprised that no adjustments were needed.
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Re: Croma springs

Just got both our fronts changed today. 70 from a local shop including a replacement drop link - I changed both of them only a couple of months ago, but one got bent when the spring snapped.

I don't see much corrosion where it has snapped. I'm no expert on metal fatigue but it's all a dull grey colour apart from some surface corrosion.
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Having started this thread 18months ago I can now report thet the rear springs have just broken (57000 miles) I have no idea as to the make of the new springs but the ride quality and noise from the rear suspension has improved. Previously it made a noise like 'What about a water bottle Wibble' when traversing the dreaded conical speed humps.
Anyway that was last month and the latest is that the 40 mph wheel wobble is now upon us.
You simply cannot relax with a Croma.
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Quote Originally Posted by kennethgordon View Post
what about a water bottle wibble
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