VAS shocks/springs anyone?

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Re: VAS shocks/springs anyone?

Post by bjbrown » Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:39 pm

Dave, they’re 185/70R13 85S Toyo Extensa. I ordered five and had them shipped to my home. They were delivered to the shop that refurbished my original wheels who mounted & balanced them. I had three good center caps and bought two more new.
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Re: VAS shocks/springs anyone?

Post by bjbrown » Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:43 pm

BTW, the tires are wider than the stock tires. This lifted the floor panels in the trunk about an inch or so. Not a major problem but I did have to customize the floor panel supports a bit when I rebuilt the floors with 1/4” plywood (the original Masonite had deteriorated too bad to reuse).
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Post by PhillySpider » Sat Jan 19, 2019 4:52 pm

So I have the Koni yellows and VAS progressive in the garage...now looking for a good thread showing step by step with good pics on replacing springs and struts.
Anyone got a good one for our cars? Youtube was not fruitful :( . Please post links below!
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Post by bartigue » Sat Jan 19, 2019 6:12 pm

Struts?
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Post by PhillySpider » Sat Jan 19, 2019 9:21 pm

Shocks
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Re: VAS shocks/springs anyone?

Post by bartigue » Sun Jan 20, 2019 7:07 am

Shocks are fairly easy to do, though getting the upper nuts on can make your hands ache. I like to remind folks to unplug the battery before wrestling with the drivers side front shock because of the proximity to the starter lug.

Otherwise a jack in the rear will extend the springs so you can access the rear lower bolts and the uppers are accessed through the trunk. The fronts drop out of the bottom of the A arm.
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Re: VAS shocks/springs anyone?

Post by lanciahf » Mon Jan 21, 2019 7:55 am

Mike be careful with front spring removal. That is one job that still scares me after all these years. You can rent a spring tool from autozone, but it really does not fit.
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Post by spider2081 » Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:28 pm

Mike be careful with front spring removal.
I second this thought.

I did not read all the responses so I might be repeating others.

I found it important to have the front of the car high enough for the lower control arm to swing all the way down. I placed Jack stand at jack point.
Position a floor jack under the lower control arm and jack till slight pressure on control arm.
It is necessary to loosen the swing bolt end nuts ( That compress rubber bushings) so the lower control arm can move freely.
It is not necessary to compress the spring too much beyond the amount it is naturally compressed from the cars weight.
Be sure you are using an internal spring compressor and that the compressors hooks fully engage the springs coil. Some have safety hooks to help hold them in place.
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Re: VAS shocks/springs anyone?

Post by MikeGreer » Tue Jan 22, 2019 10:42 pm

I don't know if this will help anyone or not but I'm getting ready to switch from KYBs to Koni's and keep my old IAP red performance springs. Keeping the 185/70 13s as well. I'll let you know how it turns out.
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