lowering a coupe guide

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lowering a coupe guide

Post by nwmlarge » Fri Feb 02, 2007 1:11 pm

right yesterday was the day of lowering so i have prepared a number of pics also including how to do it or at least pointers.

Front at stock height
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Rear stock height
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Whole car stock height
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Unclip all your brake lines from the strut before going any further.
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this shows you the brake sensor connector unplugged the black cover clips off and the grey bit slides down.
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18mm bolt to undo
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and another the otherside of the hub i found it easier to turn the steering wheel from lock to lock to get access to the bolts.
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undo the three 13mm nuts holding the top mount in place.
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bolts all removed from the holes now being held in by the upper hub bolt and the locating lug(worth wire brushing the lug before replacing)
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18mm nut and bolt in the upper hub postion shown here removed.
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upper shock mount hole with shock removed is worth cleaning the area upand a light smear of grease.
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this is my shock model number doesn't look like original equipment
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this top nut is a recessed 22mm my advice is to get this buzzed undone and back up with an air tool as i couldn't find a way of doing it otherwise.
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Both shocks off before trip to Mr Clutch.
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£20 later both springs changed using the biggest spring clamps i've ever seen.
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Refitting is the reverse of above i found it easy to get the bolts aligned by jacking the hub as i was lining up the strut.
i also finger tightened the top three nuts before fitting the strut to the hub.

This is the 18mm bolt holding the lower rear strut
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This is the rear spring fitted in place. I got a mate to stand on the hub and i levered them out with a crow bar and back in by hand.
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Front lowered.
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overall car lowered
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Rear lowered.
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All in all about 2.5hrs work not including trapsing up and down to mr clutch.

The car is now fitted with Kayaba 30F - 20R springs I paid £39.90 delivered from a random on ebay.

The car feels much better more planted and so easy to control slides.

I would say as long as you have a garage nearby to sort the top nuts out then you would be a fool to pay someone to do this its very easy.
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