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Fitting Coilovers - Leon Cupra

Discussion in 'Mk1 Leon FAQ's (1M) 2000-2006' started by DPJ, Apr 5, 2008.

  1. litcan91

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    Ah, that calmed me down a little, got really worried now had been told by the friends friend that it could be the axle which is bent, coz aparently u cannot allign the backs, but the funny thing was, it only happened after we have lowered the car! so it is impossible for the axle to be bent, where did you have it done mate? and what kind of price will i be looking at? do you have any kind of clue how its done too?
     
  2. Indy

    Indy MK1 LC Red Devil :)

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    I would suggest you drive the car for a few days let the suspension bed in and then go and get an allignment done. If your car is a front wheel drive with a beam at the back (leon 1.6 sx) then I dont think you will have any adjustment at the back. Let the suspension bed in and then go for an allignment and see if that makes any difference.

    Another thing check the bushes at the back if your beam bushes are knackered than that too can affect your driving.
     
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  3. litcan91

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    Thanks Indy, how long shall i allow the suspension to bed in?
     
  4. Indy

    Indy MK1 LC Red Devil :)

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    Around 2 -3 weeks of daily driving but not too harsh....

    Do make sure to check your rear beam bushes. When I first changed my suspension afew years ago I had the same problem. The wheel allignment guys said its due to the slant in the road and that is normal which was utter bollocks. After a few days of head banging we decided to check all the bushes and the back bean bushes were knackered.
     
  5. litcan91

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    How do I tell if they are worn? they looked fine to me the last time i had a look at them, do you know roughly to how much it would be replacing them though thats ( if it is the bushes ) otherwise i am planning on taking the rear springs off, and refitting them, if same problem occurs, try my standard suspension on and see how it is, because, none of this was happening before the new one was fitted, we fitted the springs this wednsday, and i have noticed the steering next day, maybe didnt notice when we have just done from exitment lol, so i hope it is to do with the way that we have fitted the springs, maybe refitting them will resolve the problem, i might have a go at this next week, if it goes nowhere from there, i will have to go and get it checked elsewhere, Thanks for all the info !
     
  6. George 3G

    George 3G KW & Weitec

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    Dave, if the top mount nut on the front needs tightening and torquing, can this be done as the car is stood, or does the compression need to be taken off the spring?

    Thanks
     
  7. james walker

    james walker cooling is the key people

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    if its the top nut in the strut housing then its fine on the car, but if its the nut for holding the spring compression, then best done off car.

    tbh, torque levels on these, if fin tight thats fine.
     
  8. George 3G

    George 3G KW & Weitec

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    It's the nut that is visable from the engine bay
     
  9. james walker

    james walker cooling is the key people

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    Can be done in situe then.
     
  10. Dani_b19

    Dani_b19 Active Member

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    I can i just ask a question, you'll have to bear with me if it doesnt make sense but i'll try to expalin best i can lol.

    When you've dismanteled the front coilover to take the 2 rubber stops out, you re-assemble the coilover and out the purple top cap on, do you need to use the original nut provided to secure the purple top cover down or do you just use the threaded bush that fastenes the top mount to secure it all?

    Also do you tighten the entire setup (top mount, threaded bush etc) all the way down to the bottom of the thread on the coilover?

    Does that make sense?

    Dan.
     
  11. Trublu07

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    When fitted and adjusting the fronts to make it lower do you turn the spanner towered the back wheel or the bonnet?
     
  12. dholdi

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    Depends which side you are doing ;)
    To lower you need to lower the spring seat so thats clockwise.
    Towards the boot on the drivers side and towards the bonnet on the passenger side.
     
  13. Trublu07

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    I have adjusted mine today as there was a larger gap passenger side to driverside. I counted 16 protruding notches from the bottom on both sides and reduced them both to 8 notches. I still have a larger gap on the passengerside front compared to driverside though. All of the gaps including rears are even apart from front driverside. I know that is the wheel under the engine weight and as the notches were already even I reduced them both equally. Does this sound ok or should I have left more notches driverside to compensate for the weight ( even though AMD left them even to start with. Thoughts please.
     
  14. cupraJD

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    very usefull
     
  15. 150cupra

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    doing mine this weekend and will be using this guide cheers mate
     
  16. Carl24

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    Thanks for the info
     
  17. cooky25

    cooky25 Derv is the word!

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    Great guide mate. Will hopefully be putting it to use soon.

    Just wondering, are the parts you said about definately needed?

    front
    2 of 1J0412249 axial grooved ball bearing
    2 of 1H0412365A threaded bush
    2 of IJ0412331C suspension strut storage **(Check this is correct for your chassis)
    2 of N90353604 Hex Nut
    rear
    2 of N10403701 Hex Nut
    2 of IJ0512131C Rubber Stop **(Check this is correct for your chassis)
    2 of 1J0512149B base upper

    As in can the coilovers be fitted without them?

    Also where can i get these from rather than going to the stealers?

    Thanks, Ell.
     
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    Did you replace the locking not for the strut and the link?

    Elsawin recommends it, but I dont remember I did it when installing the lowering kit from H&R.
     
  19. jamesgsi1983

    jamesgsi1983 Guest

    What springs are best
     
  20. Dubstar81

    Dubstar81 Guest

    Really spot on thread. I will be attempting this in the morning
     

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