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I'm getting ready to put new Bilstein HDs in my '98 XC. Just wanted to know if the front springs are pre-loaded and require a spring compressor.
 

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Re: Spring compressor required for front strut change? (Mk1Racer)

Yes<p>That is unless you have an incredible grip strength. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Spring compressor required for front strut change? (Mk1Racer)

You can rent in in AutoZone if you don't want to buy it (hi Greg <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> ).<br>Make sure you have a good Torx wrench.<br> I would also reccomend Strut Nut Spanner Tool from ipd. It's not neccessary, but simplify the job a lot. I didn't buy it myself as I think $26 + shipping is too much for 1 time use.<p>Good Luck
 

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Re: Spring compressor required for front strut change? (Mk1Racer)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Mk1Racer</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I'm getting ready to put new Bilstein HDs in my '98 XC. Just wanted to know if the front springs are pre-loaded and require a spring compressor.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>absolutely.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>gdogg16</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>hold the shaft with a wrench and then tap x nut with the hammer, it comes right off.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Didn't even have to hold the shaft, just a couple of light taps w/ a brass hammer, and it losened right up. <p>Got everything in last night, new Bilstein HDs and new control arms as well as a new p/s motor mount and a new TPS. Took us ~2.5 hours to do everything. <p>I really like the way the new Bilsteins make the car feel. Not the smoothest ride, but it doesn't feel like I'm turning the Queen Mary anymore either! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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