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Title: installing new shocks and springs
Post by: huevon on June 03, 2006, 09:12:00 PM
With 2 kids, who knew that i would be this busy??!!  It is great but its a handful. i dont know of an exact date yet but i was wanting to know more or less how long would it take to do all the shocks and springs? I will, of course, help as much as possible and supply food and drink if needed.

Can i get an estimate and maybe that would be better to "estimate" how long i need to figure in with my bigger family... i knew having two kids would be a lot of work but i didnt know that

 it was going to be this stressful..i guess i will get used to it.. 8O  :?

Thanks,
Heath
Title: Re: installing new shocks and springs
Post by: 03Indigo on June 04, 2006, 03:31:55 AM
depends on the car as to how much time it takes.  What do you drive?  I can do an A4 Quattro in about 3.5 hours, springs and shocks.  That is with the proper tools and compressors.

The GTIs have taken me longer only because I have not had the right tools for the front suspension....a spindle spreader is needed for that.

I live in parker, and if you fill me in on the car you have, maybe we can work something out where you can come over and i can help you get it done....schedules pending.
Title: Re: installing new shocks and springs
Post by: coveredbytheblood on June 04, 2006, 06:49:52 AM
Heath, to do your car with the right tools... best guess, Three hours MAX..  With the spindle spreader tool which I have, it is pretty cake.  I would honestly say it could take as little as two.  The whole job is not that difficult... Remove tires, compress springs, open spindles, remove shock/spring, compress new spring, install new shock/spring, close spindle, add tire, viola!  The back is a little different but a WHOLE lot easier because there is no spindle.
Title: Re: installing new shocks and springs
Post by: coveredbytheblood on June 04, 2006, 06:59:00 PM
Ahem... There may have been one little detail I forgot about.  The nut that holds the front shocks in place may also be a little booger.  I am sure there are a few ways of taking care of it including riggin you own tools like a true mechanik, right 34?  Anyways, again, not too long.. Especially with help from some cool RmCb5 ers....
Title: Re: installing new shocks and springs
Post by: huevon on June 05, 2006, 07:28:30 AM
sorry about the lack of information. i drive a 2000 golf gls 1.8t 4 door. i can prep the car and have everything ready before anyone arrives. i was going to do the big brake upgrade and install my rear stainless steel brakelines because i already have the front ones installed.

  I think i will be able to get some free time soon. i will know a better time schedule before the end of this week. My wife is going back to work this week and i will get her new schedule soon.

Thanks for the help so far!  How much do those specialized tools cost anyway?
Title: Re: installing new shocks and springs
Post by: 03Indigo on June 05, 2006, 07:52:24 AM
I think most of the members of the club have the tools you need, so don't spend money on them.
Title: Re: installing new shocks and springs
Post by: Lila on June 05, 2006, 08:06:00 AM
I think my 2.8 v6 Passat is going to need a suspension upgrade soon.  What is the cost on parts?  It would be interesting to hear several owners post their suspension upgrades (components installed) and quote some costs.

Thanks.
Title: Re: installing new shocks and springs
Post by: 34k on June 05, 2006, 08:23:33 AM
Quote from: "coveredbytheblood";p="47617"
I am sure there are a few ways of taking care of it including riggin you own tools like a true mechanik, right 34?


Hey, nothing a trip to Sears and an angle grinder didn't fix, ehh? Mk2 suspension is a total friggin breeze compared to the Mk4.
Off to have the alignment done this afternoon.

The tool I ended up having to make was for the nut at the top of the front struts. Since I don't have an impact gun, like we did with mine and Andrew's, I had to take a deep socket 22mm and flatten two sides with an angle grinder so I could turn it by hand with a pair of channel locks with a 7mm alan through the middle keeping the strut shaft from spinning. It sounds a lot worse than it was, really. All the difference in the world was made by having a second pair of hands there to help (thanks again Andrew!).

If you have/can borrow an impact then you should be fine. Personally, I prefered doing it by hand and knowing that the impact didn't spin the crap out of my strut shafts, but that may just be me being over-protective. Otherwise, you're welcome to borrow my modified 22mm socket to get the job done.
Title: Re: installing new shocks and springs
Post by: ianacole on June 05, 2006, 11:40:02 AM
I used, prior to using impact, a normal depth 22mm (or was it 21?) and vise grips (plus the allen key).