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Installing springs & shocks 156

A couple of weeks ago one of my rear shocks broke, so I've ordered lowering springs and shocks all round. They've just arrived and wondered if anyone can give any advice on things to look out for or be careful of whilst changing them over?
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That's spot on. Thanks. I'll post up what happens.
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So far it's taken a day to do just the back. Before packing up today I assessed the front and it seems the one thing I need which I don't own is a ball joint splitter.

Does anyone know what good tool shops are around West Sussex? Or more specifically, Worthing? I only know of Halfrauds and they charge over 20 quid for the fork type...
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You've done the hardest part then. Depending how old your car is, you might want to consider just cutting the forks off and scrapping them. The pinch bolt is normally corroded into the alloy fork. Two new forks from a breaker shouldn't be more than £80.
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So this is the gist of how it's still going! Everything is seized up!
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That'll be like getting excalibur out!
Is the pinch bolt still stuck fast? If you have the pinch bolt out then it might be worth trying to get the bottom of the damper out. If not then you'll struggle as the pinch bolt goes through the hook on the bottom of the damper.
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I chopped that bolt through the pinch point and smashed it into next week and put a new bolt through. It was still a pig to do though. With all the hold ups with waiting for parts and tools, it took 4 days all in all. I'll get a pic up soon. Not noticed a huge visual difference but it does handle much better. I think next on the list will be updated anti roll bars and a front strut brace to firm it all up.
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Before and after. Took so long that a whole bush grew next to the car...
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