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    Adjusting ride height on front coilovers

    Maybe a daft question, but is there an easy way to wind up front coilovers while on the car ??

    With the help of me good mate Rick57, we changed the springs on FTO to a higher poundage. Not having the muscles of Popeye, the kin things are almost impossible to wind up.
    Had the front jacked up but didnt make it any easier.
    The doors open, but the ride it aint free.

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    i remember the same struggle on my 32 roadster. never found the answer, just kept struggling!
    I may live in East London, I may have a number plate that reads "Chopt", but I do NOT use 6" wheel spacers!

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    A large washer covered in copperslip between the springs and seat helps(bit late for that now though)...and the correct spanner.

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    If you've not adjusted these coilovers before check to make sure they dont have an allen head grub screw in the adjusting collar to lock them from unwinding?

    Sorry just read you've already changed the springs,
    the correct coil-over spanner should do it, but due to the heavy poundage on front springs it'll still take some effort,
    maybe slack them off first and copperslip the threads?
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    Thanks for suggestions. Tried doing this eve, with not much success. Maybe the spanner I've got is **** (ordered with springs but can't remember brand). Doesn't seem to fit right tho.
    Thought about removing them, winding them up & trying to refit. Or would it be worse as springs would be taller ?

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    Any qa1dealers over here ?
    Just been on their site & says they do thrust bearing kits etc

    Prob is, it's now lower than before as they need winding up, and it's due at a mates wedding this Saturday !!!!!

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    You can get those flat type bearings that go between the spring and collar over here from your local bearing supplies,
    normally have to be ordered in as they're not common in the bigger sizes.

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    QA1 has a different spanner to other makes. It does fit oddly but stick with it. Maybe take them off and use something like classic Beetle crankshaft shims(need to check if they would fit) as slip washers?

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    I have QA1 coil overs on my 67 camaro and have to use the spanner with a 14" pipe on the end to turn them.

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    you want a roller thrust bearing. Can you not drop them out and use a spring compressor on them ?

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