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Front strut and suspension

Hi,
I wonder if someone can advise me. I'm in the process of changing the front springs and struts on my (2004) Punto 1.2 8v

I ordered the kyb struts and Springs and the large rubber top mount.

I managed to get the passenger side off today - but I noticed there was additional things on the existing spring which I didn't realise that I needed such as a upper spring cup (which is rusted) and also what seems to be a 24mm nut holding the rubber mount on the strut.

Do I need to take these off the existing struts or should they have came part of the new equipment I bought and are missing?

Or, do I have to purchase them separately? if so can somebody please point me to the right place.

I have to admit that 24mm nut totally threw me off as I only have ring spanners up to 20mm - I'm really annoyed - as I was on a roll and then I discovered this and then it started raining.
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Re: Front strut and suspension

that nut on top of strut is 19mm, bottom nut near wheel is 17mm, bottom screw is 15mm, atleast on mk2, didnt knew mk2b got different sizes
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Re: Front strut and suspension

That's correct the bolt in the engine bay is 19mm - I managed to get that off ok - but once I took the whole strut and spring out there was what seems to be a 24mm nut holding the rubber mount to the strut.

I have no idea what I need to do
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Re: Front strut and suspension

if you remove that bigger nut, spring will pop out and to put new spring in you need spring compressor
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Re: Front strut and suspension

I do have compressors - but do I have to reuse the big nut and existing cup on the old spring? - or do I need to purchase new ones?

And I guess either way I need to get a new 24mm ring spanner.
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Re: Front strut and suspension

dunno about that, never took them apart, i always just changed whole strut
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Yes you need to fit those bits missing from the kit onto your new strut ass, i not long fitted lowering kit to my punto mk2
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Re: Front strut and suspension

Ok, cool

I will go about taking them off in the next day or two and fit them on the new struts.

Hopefully the weather will get better
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Re: Front strut and suspension

UPDATE:

Turns out it's a 27mm Nut - What a nuisance
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Re: Front strut and suspension

Hi Everyone,

Can someone please tell me what this rusty metal plate is called -as shown in pics 1 and 2 - and where can I get a replacement?

Also, I have triend compressing the coil and used an allen key and 27mm wrench and can't for the life of me take this top nut off - can anyone give me further tips - or am I better off purchasing an impact wrench.

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Re: Front strut and suspension

i use 1 meter long round metal pipe for bolts that cant be undone by my brute hand strength which is quite rare
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Cheers Pal

That's what I'm looking for - Thanks again for the reply
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Re: Front strut and suspension

I tried with a breaker bar - ring spanner - but the whole strut spins with nut as well as the whole strut assembly - need some sort of vice to hold it.
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Re: Front strut and suspension

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I tried with a breaker bar - ring spanner - but the whole strut spins with nut as well as the whole strut assembly - need some sort of vice to hold it.
put the nut from other strut on the threaded end, back to back as lock-nuts,

then put spanner on the outer one as you undo the 27mm one,

should hold it enough to undo things

do get the compressors on 1st though

I did a guide in panda section - may help..,

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