ive just bought myself a set of lowering springs for my V6 but im getting mixed reports from people as i intend on fitting them myself....one saying its straight forward...one sayings its V difficult. has anyone got instructions from a manual or any help they could mail me with regards to this ??
i understand i'll need a set of spring compressors and maybe an impact wrench (whatever that is )
any help or tips anyone can give me would be appreciated......im intending on doing it tommorrow!!
Those'll cost you the same as getting the springs fitted but I guess at least you'll have the tools for the next job your V6 needs. Which springs did you go for Nick? What's the spec of your 155, colour, etc?
mine is an Alfa 155 2.5 V6 1996 (widebody) in nero black.
i recently bought a set of alessio monza 17" rims but now need to close that gap!
the spring compressors will be aprox £17 but im not sure an impact wrench is necessary (at least i hope not cos they are not cheap)
I borrowed an electric impact wrench from work to undo the the strut top nut. You should be able to hire one quite cheaply. It is just like a powerfull electic drill that has a sort of hammer action and takes square drive sockets. You will need an 18mm socket (not the most common size).
Also undo the nut a couple of turns first to get it going before you remove the stut from the car.
Alternatively remove the front struts and take them to a workshop to have the springs fitted. You don't need any special equipment for the rears
i got the fronts done today and it was relatively painless (2 hrs)
i undone the nut with a socket piece and tight mulgrips and an allen key. didnt get chance to do the rears as i run out of light!
so far its a much better look but i was slightly disappointed as i thought it was gonna sit a bit lower (maybe when the rears are done it will be different)
any tips for the rears....dont really know where to start ??
Dont worry how your it ooks just yet, you will need to do the back end, even then it may take a couple a hundred miles for them to properlly settle.
When you come to do the back set, Be careful not drop the nut form the top of the damper inside the chassis. If you do and cant get it out, fill the offending cavity with expanding foam. This will stop it form rattling around.
If you've managed The fronts the rears are a piece of P**s.
The fornts the awkward one cus of the anti role bar and stuff.
The bottom of the damper will need top be udone firstly.
The springs should just drop out, with quite little effort.Check out your rear bump stops while your there, If the need replacing then do it now. Powerflex do a universal Bumpstop/shock cover kit, For around 15 quid.
I replaced my struts @ the same time, WELL worth doing.