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The Fast Method for Changing Front Syncro Springs
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After years of changing springs on syncros, we have finally perfected a quick and relatively painless method for changing front syncro springs. Mind you, there has been much suffering along the way. On occasion, It has taken us hours to do one side due to the inability to get everything lined up correctly. Some of you have suffered that same fate.

But with the release of cheap knock-off paddle-type spring compressors - $299 instead of $600+ - changing front springs is now a breeze. Here's how to do it quickly and almost easily:

1. Get front end on jack- stands. Then using a floor jack under the control arm, compress the spring a bit (25%+) on one side by jacking up on the control arm. This is to take the spring tension off of the sturt shaft retaining bolt at the top of the strut/shock.

2. Remove the 17mm nust from the shock/strut shaft. Also remove the two allen bolts holding the upper control arm to the upper ball joint. Finally, loosen the lower shock/strut mount bolt.

3. Lower the floor jack under the control arm until just before the shaft slips out of the hole in the upper spring perch.

4. Attach the spring compressor to the spring and compress the spring until the upper-rubber spring cap is fully below the spring perch.

5. Using a flat screw driver, compress the shock shaft by leveraging on the slotted rubber spring bumper - fiorce the shaft down until it slips below the upper spring perch.

6. Remove spring (be careful not to pinch CV joint boot). Compress the new spring and place on shock.

7. Using a flat screw driver, compress the shock shaft and force it under the upper spring perch.. Align the shaft with the hole in the upper spring perch and thread it through the hole. Raise the lower control arm with the floor jack a bit until the shock/strut shaft is pushed up through the hole in the upper spring perch as far as it can go.

8. Put the rummer and cap on the shock/strut shaft - and then the nut. Tighten and put on lock-nut. Re-attach upper-control-arm to upper ball joint and insert allen bolts. Tighten per Bentley (DANGER - do this right or wheel can cave in and kill you.)

9. Loosen and remove spring compressor. Tighten lower shock/strut bolt. - You're done!

You can literally do this in about 15 minutes per side - maybe even faster.

Here's the video::

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