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Well I got the front done!
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That jack is 30 years old!

A combination of VW now using an M14 spline bolt on the upright (had to go into town to get a tool, the ones I had only went up to M12)…
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…stubborn driveshafts requiring an improvised pressing tool…
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…and procrastination, slowed me down.

I do own a pair of coil spring compressors, but I have always found this easier (and a lot quicker) after been shown it by a mechanic years ago…
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…and that proper strut top tool worked well…
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Rear is ready to jack up and drop the springs out, first thing tomorrow.
@Silverado, can you remember what size the socket is in the bottom photo? To hold the top mount against the M14. I don't have the VW top mount tool and am hoping I've got a swan-necked spanner in the right size. Need to hunt for a hub puller too. Can I also ask if you renewed any fixings, or just reused existing? Thanks
 

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Silverado, can you remember what size the socket is in the bottom photo? To hold the top mount against the M14. I don't have the VW top mount tool and am hoping I've got a swan-necked spanner in the right size. Need to hunt for a hub puller too. Can I also ask if you renewed any fixings, or just reused existing? Thanks
Sorry it has taken so long to reply...I'll find out the size for you tonight but I don't believe a swan neck spanner will fit, I used a grinder to put a hex on the back of a socket and used a spanner on it when i did the springs on my previous UP.
 

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Sorry it has taken so long to reply...I'll find out the size for you tonight but I don't believe a swan neck spanner will fit, I used a grinder to put a hex on the back of a socket and used a spanner on it when i did the springs on my previous UP.
No worries, and thankyou
Hoping something along these lines might work?

Strut Nut Sockets Tool Set 5 pc Shock Absorber Bolts For Audi VW Mercedes | eBay

PORSCHE STRUT NUT SOCKET(18mm/12PT) VM #3353 1/2" DR. x 18mm 12PT Auto Accessory | eBay

I should take the scuttle off and look myself sometime
 

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Brilliant, thanks(y)
I'd never get the use out of one of those sets so will see what i can manage with the grinder or alternatives
I'm a tool wh0re, I'll buy tools that only come once every 10 years if it means the job is easier and done properly :D and while the Heath Robinson tool worked, it's a bit shallow.

Whereabout are you? you can borrow it if you're close.
 
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How are you getting on with them now you are in the 4 figure mileage?
Have they settled (lowered) much in that time?
Cheers
Still loving them, not sure how much thay settled but I'll have a measure up and post up what the difference is...it won't be for a few weeks though as I'm in the middle of sorting my aircooled parts hoard so the garage is in a mess :p
 
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There shouldn't be any need to mess around with driveshafts when fitting coilovers. I've never touched a hub nut when fitting front struts, on an up! or otherwise.
 

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There shouldn't be any need to mess around with driveshafts when fitting coilovers. I've never touched a hub nut when fitting front struts, on an up! or otherwise.
Clearly you've never done Vauxhall front struts from a 80's and 90's vintage ;)
 
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