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It is pretty straightforward. You wont need any specialist tools other than a spring compressor. You WILL need to get the tracking and geometry re-set afterwards though
 
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Most tyre places can do it, but some are better than others. If you dont then you will get uneven tyre wear and some very strange handling as the toe-in/toe-out, camber etc will all change with the new springs plus you wont be refitting the struts etc in exactly the same place.
 
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I dont know as it is a long time since I have had to have it done. Best bet is to get your yellow pages and give your local tyre firms/garages a call and see what tyhe charge.

There are all sorts of gizmos now to help. The crudest was a DIY set you drove over and this would tell you what the toe-in/out etc was. Terrible and caused more problems than they fixed.

There are optical sets with spirit levels which are a bit prone to operator error and then again I have seen some that use lasers to do the measurements.

These seem pretty cool as the computer does all the measuring and then compares that to a database to say which if any are out of design spec.

I think it costs between £10 and £25 to get done but dont quote me
 

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piece of piss 2 do yerself,alls u need is time n the right tool kit.i did mine myself n i have zero experience with cars n stuff.didnt need a compressing tool what ever they r(if u ping the bottom of the spring off of the bottom plate with a bigish flat screw driver b4 u take the top plate n nut off it just pops off nice n easy,then the new spring goes on easy cause its smaller than the old 1 and doesnt need compressing),just used spanners n socket kit......if u have the first issue of total mg magazine theres a fitting guide in there.thats what i used 2 help me along......yep u do need 2 get the tracking done.i couldnt believe the difference 2 the car once i had the trackin done,felt like a total new car!i would go somewere with the 4 wheel laser jobby though,some garages use shitty equipment so pay that bit more fer the right job!sayin that it only cost me £20 n took 10 mins!good luck
 
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piece of piss 2 do yerself,alls u need is time n the right tool kit.i did mine myself n i have zero experience with cars n stuff.didnt need a compressing tool what ever they r(if u ping the bottom of the spring off of the bottom plate with a bigish flat screw driver b4 u take the top plate n nut off it just pops off nice n easy,then the new spring goes on easy cause its smaller than the old 1 and doesnt need compressing),just used spanners n socket kit......if u have the first issue of total mg magazine theres a fitting guide in there.thats what i used 2 help me along......yep u do need 2 get the tracking done.i couldnt believe the difference 2 the car once i had the trackin done,felt like a total new car!i would go somewere with the 4 wheel laser jobby though,some garages use shitty equipment so pay that bit more fer the right job!sayin that it only cost me £20 n took 10 mins!good luck
The first time you ever have a spring let go then you might just change your mind. Not exactly the safest thing to suggest and should it all go wrong then it wouldnt be the first smashed/nose/jaw that a suspension spring has claimed.

For the sake of a few quid then it is far better to get the proper tool or just pay a garage a couple of quid to release the spring correctly.

Obviously if you are keeping the original dampers and fitting somethinglike AVO's then as they are shorter then you wont need the compressor to fit them. What you will need though is some way to retain the spring to the cup otherwise when you next come to jack the car to change a wheeel or some such then the sprink and mounting cup will part company and cna become displaced. Most people use heavy duty Zip Ties. Ideally it is better to get the correct dmapers or even coilovers if the budget will run to it. If this is the direction to go then you WILL need a compressor to re-fit the springs.
 

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z0mv1 said:
piece of piss 2 do yerself,alls u need is time n the right tool kit.i did mine myself n i have zero experience with cars n stuff.didnt need a compressing tool what ever they r(if u ping the bottom of the spring off of the bottom plate with a bigish flat screw driver b4 u take the top plate n nut off it just pops off nice n easy,then the new spring goes on easy cause its smaller than the old 1 and doesnt need compressing),just used spanners n socket kit......if u have the first issue of total mg magazine theres a fitting guide in there.thats what i used 2 help me along......yep u do need 2 get the tracking done.i couldnt believe the difference 2 the car once i had the trackin done,felt like a total new car!i would go somewere with the 4 wheel laser jobby though,some garages use shitty equipment so pay that bit more fer the right job!sayin that it only cost me £20 n took 10 mins!good luck
The first time you ever have a spring let go then you might just change your mind. Not exactly the safest thing to suggest and should it all go wrong then it wouldnt be the first smashed/nose/jaw that a suspension spring has claimed.

For the sake of a few quid then it is far better to get the proper tool or just pay a garage a couple of quid to release the spring correctly.

Obviously if you are keeping the original dampers and fitting somethinglike AVO's then as they are shorter then you wont need the compressor to fit them. What you will need though is some way to retain the spring to the cup otherwise when you next come to jack the car to change a wheeel or some such then the sprink and mounting cup will part company and cna become displaced. Most people use heavy duty Zip Ties. Ideally it is better to get the correct dmapers or even coilovers if the budget will run to it. If this is the direction to go then you WILL need a compressor to re-fit the springs.
he did just say springs and ive just told him how i did them.obviously u dont put yer head right in the firing line of the plate and bolt do you?thats why it helps if u ping the spring off the bottom plate with a screwdriver,2 release some of the tenson.n then when undoing the nut i directed the shock in2 the ground just in case!but then i found out that they just pop off!i didnt use cable ties,u can just hold the spring inplace whilst lowereing the jack,n then just make sure its relocated whenever u have the car jacked up.that only aplies 2 the rear springs.front locate fine b4 dropping the car.the worst bit of doing the job is getting the shock out of the hub.......a soon as u take the wheel off i advise sprayin the shock around were it joints the hub with some wd40 or other lubricant so it can b soakin in.....again,this is only with the fronts......anyhow,like i said,its an easy job even fer some1 with no experiance...just have a guide handy 2 guide u through it......and saved me £80-£120 quid 4 fitting!
 

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yeah any place that sells tyres should do tracking, after i had my springs fitted the car liked driving round left hand bends by itself lol :mrgreen:
 

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is the tracking the only thing that needs done or do you need that camber thing done as well. how much does that cost some one told me around about £200 and only certian places do it
 

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the bloke told me people are always cost cutting trying to cut edge so they dont have to shell out more cash he said he would reckamend it but most people on here dont get it done.its just i dont want to be shelling out for tyres all the time as mine are exspensive
 
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