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Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: United Kingdom
County: East Sussex
Other than splitting the upper wishbone balljoint there's no need to touch the wishbones to change the spring.
Fairly straightforward. Jack both sides of the car to take tension off the ARB, remove wheel arch liner, remove top drop link bolt (can be easier said than done), remove long bolt though bottom of the suspension fork, unclip all the cables from the suspension leg, pay particular attention to their orientation, better still take a couple of photos. Split the upper wishbone balljoint.
In the engine bay remove the two inner bolts on the top of the suspension turret and tap the studs with a hammer, the whole leg should drop. Now getting it out, if you have a long bar pass it through the large hole in the lower wishbone and stand on it forcing the hub and driveshaft down, should give you just enough when you tilt the top of the leg towards you for the top studs to clear the wheel arch.
That's how I do it, however as you've got it all apart wouldn't hurt to grease the upper wishbone collars with a suitable red rubber grease, also grease all mating faces of the ring that sits on top of the spring, the plate and rubber doughnut.
Also when tightening the long, lower fork bolt lift the hub with a trolley jack so that the lower wishbone is in the sort of position it would be if the car were on the ground, if you do it up with the suspension hanging the bush is tightened in an unnatural position causing it to twist when car is back on the ground.
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