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Old 07-23-2014, 12:27 PM   #1
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Default Coilover loose spring normal?

Hi everyone, I am working in changing the struts in the rear of my 07wrx and as I put it back together I noticed the spring was loose between the strut and tophat. I checked the other side that was intact and I can also twist the spring around in the assembly. I've changed a few struts on subarus before and everytime I had to really push down on the tophat to get the bolt started, but this one seems to have no pressure on the spring after it is installed. Is this normal? The strut I took out was in great condition, but still clunking around back there.
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Old 07-27-2014, 09:33 AM   #2
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Anyone? I did the other side yesterday and didn't even need a spring compressor... I put it in anyway but i could go back there and push the spring off the stand if I wanted. What's going on here?
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Old 07-27-2014, 11:57 AM   #3
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Normal... Which is why helper springs exist (though they're often not really necessary). Only clunking when in the air or setting down right? Stiffer springs must be shorter to not raise the car. Shocks retain stock like droop, therefore, loose springs when car is in air. Don't jump like the rally cars and you'll never extend the shock to full droop..If you have thrust sheets or bearings on the springs they can get messed up without helper springs otherwise you may just get a clunk when you lower the car back onto the ground and the spring slides onto its perch.
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