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Replacing suspension - 156 GTA

Hi all,

With any luck I'll be picking up a 156 GTA SW on friday. I've already got a set of coilovers that I would like to fit.

Is there a decent guide any where on how this is done? The rears look relatively straight forward but I know the front has a duoble wishbone system. Is it only the top wishbone that needs to be removed?

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It is a bit of a faff. You'd do better to split the bottom ball joint and pop the shaft out of the ghub to give yourself a little more room. You could split it at the top wishbone and hope it all moves down enough but it might be a bit tight.
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Cheers Joss,

So splitting the top and bottom wishbones is the way to go?

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didn't split any when I removed yellow koni's from a TS...

remove the bolt holding the Y-shaped bit to the shock and push the shock in as deep as it'll go, remove the long bolt holding the shock on the lower wishbone, remove the bolts for the topmount... the whole strut can come out now, but the top wishbone stays in place... as does the lower one...

you need to undo the arb droplinks obviously, and unsure now if the breaker still had the mudguards in the wheel well...
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you need to undo the arb droplinks obviously, and unsure now if the breaker still had the mudguards in the wheel well...
Yup, still in there.
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didn't split any when I removed yellow koni's from a TS...

remove the bolt holding the Y-shaped bit to the shock and push the shock in as deep as it'll go, remove the long bolt holding the shock on the lower wishbone, remove the bolts for the topmount... the whole strut can come out now, but the top wishbone stays in place... as does the lower one...

you need to undo the arb droplinks obviously, and unsure now if the breaker still had the mudguards in the wheel well...
You got enough clearance it the top to get the shock out complete? I couldn't do this with the standard springs and shocks as I couldn't get it all to move down far enough to get the shock out from under the wing.
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yes, i got enough if the shock went into the y-piece deep enough, you can gain a few cm there...
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yes, i got enough if the shock went into the y-piece deep enough, you can gain a few cm there...
Ah yes I see what you mean. I find the 10mm allen bolt holding the y piece a pain though as most do. Find it easier to separate it on a bench
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Getting the fork off the shock is a nightmare. More often than not we just take the driveshaft out and leave the fork on, saves ages and its a perfect opportunity to replace the gearbox oil.
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Ah yes I see what you mean. I find the 10mm allen bolt holding the y piece a pain though as most do. Find it easier to separate it on a bench
had no trouble at all with my 3/8" ratchet and allen key socket...
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had no trouble at all with my 3/8" ratchet and allen key socket...
lucky boy! on my jtd it took two hours to do one side and about 2 days to separate the other one. I ended up cutting the shock with an angle grinder to get it out and had to buy two new bolts. Luckily I was replacingthe shocks anyway so it was ok. All copper greased up when it went back mind so next time might be a little easier
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I brought one of these thread restorer kits 15 years ago, they where a lot cheaper back then.

Sealey AK310 Re-Threader Kit 15pc Metric Free Delivery Over 50

Great for any car suspension work. I use the restoring nuts to clean dirt and rust from the threads before trying to undo them. Makes the job a whole lot easier and quicker, a good investment.

If you find a bolt size that hasn’t a restoring nut you use the file to file the threads clean. The file has different sets of teeth that match the thread pitch on the bolt so you don’t file the thread away.
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