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Old 04-03-2018, 11:11 AM   #1
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And idea how I remove these Watsons front springs?

There is no means to compress them, although it doesn't appear to be in there with a great deal of force. I loosened the locking nut, but as the alloy spring holder is also threaded, it made no difference, and there is no real purchase to spin the alloy piece.



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Old 04-03-2018, 11:53 AM   #2
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You don’t spin the base plate, you use a spanner on the hex below the locknut to adjust. Been a while since I fitted mine though so can’t remember if they can be removed with the adjustment right back or if you also have to remove the top arm
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Old 04-03-2018, 01:11 PM   #3
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When I fitted mine I fitted the with the top arm loose. Undo the 19mm nut on the back of the top arm bush bolt, the two 8mm ones on the front and pull the bolt right out. The top arm drops enough to get the spring out then.


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Old 05-03-2018, 08:39 AM   #4
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I can't see the pic so forgive me but have you removed the bumpstop rubber underneath the top arm ? The "adjustaride" needs to be at max low position. With the bumpstop removed and the adjuster on max low the spring should be loose but held in with the cup on the top of the frame.

When I removed mine I did these and then with a short sharp pull down and out on the spring they just popped out. Refitting was the same (I fitted the Watsons internal helper spring which complicated refitting slightly but I'd recommend fitting them if you have the spring out), I just had to give a sharp down and push and they popped straight back in again.
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Old 05-03-2018, 08:47 AM   #5
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There is no means to compress them, although it doesn't appear to be in there with a great deal of force. I loosened the locking nut, but as the alloy spring holder is also threaded, it made no difference, and there is no real purchase to spin the alloy piece.
As geachy says the alloy spring holder is supposed to stay put and you turn the bolt that goes through the spring holder with the locking nut undone and spun right down to head of the bolt. You wont be able to do this if the spring is loose. It will help if you either drop the car on to its wheels and then turn the bolt or put a jack under the bottom ball joint and jack the hub up so that the spring is compressed and taking the weight of the car, then loosen it. You may want to spray some releasing fluid as there is likely to be some dissimilar metal corrosion on the threads if they weren't greased before they were first fitted.
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Old 06-03-2018, 09:21 PM   #6
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Yup - the rubber wedge has been removed.

Thanks all for the advice, I can picture how it works now.

Ill give it plenty of releasing fluid, and bolt it back together to adjust it and get it out - it needs a lick of paint thereabouts anyways.

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