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Spring question.

This may seem like a real dumb question....and I will accept all smarty pants comments, but I got my Koni springs through today...and they look huge, really long compared to the ones fitted.

Also if anyone can give me a walkthrough of chaning the springs it would be most welcome. I refuse to believe that it takes a garage 5 hours to change the 4 springs, so I might have a stab at it myself.
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Re: Spring question.

the springs on the car are compressed under the cars weight
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Re: Spring question.

Yeah I know that, but they still seem really long, especially given that they're uprated lowering ones.

You'll have to excuse me, I know sweet FA about suspension really.
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Re: Spring question.

well it may be the wrong springs.may want to double check the part no.
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Re: Spring question.

Will do, cheers. Would be strange as they've come straight from Koni and all the literature sealed in the packing is for the Stilo exlc. Multiwagon.
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Re: Spring question.

I'm sure they need to be compressed before being put onto the car.

should take a decent garage no more than 1 1/2 hrs to do.
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Re: Spring question.

And Fiat garage quoted:







240 +VAT!

Robbing barstewards. Why is every garage quoting 4 to 5 hours, and everyone here says an hour to an hour and a half.
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Talking Re: Spring question.

I bought Eibach for mine, on first inspection they were definitely shorter than the originals but the gauge of the steel was thicker, I had mine fitted at my mates garage, he did the front, you need a spring compressing tool for fronts, I did the rears, in the time I fitted the rears (40 mins) he had done the fronts, cost me the price of a few drinks, 20.

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Re: Spring question.

The Koni's are definately longer than the stock ones. I'm not going to bother with a garage, I'll just buy some compressors.
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Re: Spring question.

Hi Chris I snapped a spring on my Stilo Abarth last week and with the right equipment it should take about half to three quarters of an hour per spring.
I dont know if your local Fiat dealer is a theiving rip off merchant like mine but you are much better off finding a reputable local back street garage to do it like I did, 43.00 for spring and 30.00 labour.
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Re: Spring question.

If I do go for a garage then I'll be off to a garage I've used before in Poole called Carson Cars. Run down dump of a place, but nice guys and top of their field...they just finished a renovation on an old 500....from the ground up. They're quick, friendly and so efficient I wanted to hug them
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Re: Spring question.

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The Koni's are definately longer than the stock ones. I'm not going to bother with a garage, I'll just buy some compressors.
Wait until they come off the Stilo,,, they are so long compared with your new ones. I couldn't believe my Eibachs were about 30% shorter than stock.

You need to contact midlandfiat (Dudley) for a price. PM them.
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Re: Spring question.

Cheers Bozzy, you've put my mind at rest a bit on that one!
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Re: Spring question.

Is booked in for Friday PM. 138.50 incl. VAT, and they're also checking out all the suspension/subframes/track rods/drop links etc. They're even giving me a lift back into town
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Re: Spring question.

I'll whack this question in here rather than starting a new thread.

Basically wondering if everyone who has fitted lowering springs have gone on to inform their insurance of this change? I fitted mine a couple of days ago, but didn't even consider how it could affect the insurance policy side of things. I'm guessing most people simply don't mention it? To be honest, would they even notice?
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