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I searched here and no one has put up a full list of what they did so after a long weekend with a few dramas I decided to put one together.

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Please feel free to give me feedback. People may have a better way but I think this is how a lot of people basically do it with my own little take on it. Given the force in the spring when you jack it up I think it's a pretty serious job to undertake so maybe those more experienced can add a few pointers that maybe I missed or would make this a safer exercise.

Mike.
 

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Good work, I was too daunted by the thought of compressing the srings etc... myself so i ended up taking them to a Garage, cost a couple of hundred but its VW Warranty covered.

Great guide with great detail!
 

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Very good work T:
now if your not happy with the drop grind the bit of weld out of your hub and drop the strut through there, A:.
 

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Ahaaa! So you did reveal your secret to the public!

I think I'll be happy with it, 50mm is enough for me, I have to go up some rough tracks from time to time so need a bit of clearance.

Now while I'm saving for wheels I need to choose some!

Thanks again.

Mike.
 

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sring compressors can be bought from almost all car spares places for <£25 and would be a lot easier to use and safer than rope..
recommend the type of compressors with two seperate roatatable the hooks each end. The cheaper onces with a single wide cast hook at each end dont sit very well on steep coils and can slip..
 

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I've got spring compressors and used them once the strut was out of the van. They were impossible to install prior to removing the strut as the steel shoe/cup on the shock sticks out too far and gets in the way. Turning them upside down just has them hitting the top of the wheel arch.

I would have done it that way if I could.
 

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I am a newbe to this site,as i am a "hot rod builder/owner" and my T5 is more for work,i will be (as i can't leave anything stock,i just fitted a 250 engine in an old suzuki 125,just for a laugh)and will do this to mine, however,i would like to thank you for sharing your work with us,and being thoughtful enough to show/tell the pitfalls of such a task,John.
 

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T5 front struts are safely removed by removing the bottom balljoint bolts, driveshaft nut caliper steering arm and anti roll bar link.

There is no need to try any stunt using a jack bits of twine and a piece of wood.

Sorry but had to say it.......
 
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