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Old 02-04-2020, 07:29 PM   #231
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A quick guide to lowering the rear of a VW for those that have never tried.



Four bolts to pop off the springplate cover



Normal spring compressors, they hook nicely on the notch at the rear of the spring and there is a nice ledge for them to grip on at the other end, so no slipping from either end.



Now compress the clamps until the spring plate is just off of the surround casting. Big screwdriver or similar behind and lever the plate towards you as you start to undo the clamp. Once it's over the lip you can slowly keep loosening (just lever it out every couple of turns to make sure it's not stuck) As it passes the casting it will start to push itself out, the torsion bars on this one were stuck in the spring plates, but on previous ones the springplate has slid off easily.

Take a level picture so you can remember exactly where the springplate sat from stock. On cars with open-ended springplates, you can mark where they sit, but these are closed so not possible.

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The springplates aren't in the best of condition, I have started stripping them but they are very pitted and worn, so I think I'm going to get new springplates and use shorter torsion bars, which means I can use the nicer looking cover plates and not have the massive torsion tube poking out. So that's the next bit to sort (as well as trying to sort and pack the house for moving!)



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Nice thread dude, kept me occupied for a good few hours. Are you off work at the moment? Plenty of time to get on if so.
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Nice thread dude, kept me occupied for a good few hours. Are you off work at the moment? Plenty of time to get on if so.
Cheers dude. No, I'm still working, luckily getting to do a few days from home so some time to play!

Carried on getting the bottom of the floor stripped and primed





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Seam sealer on the new panel Si welded in



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And, as someone pointed out previously (can't remember who), I hadn't seam sealed under the front, so went back and did that...



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That floor looks in great nick. Top work!
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Springplates and torsion bar covers have arrived. Still waiting for short torsion bars and mixing cups so I can do a coat of epoxy on the floorpan.



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Cheers, bit of an odd one, only needed a couple of small repairs (that Si did previously) but needed the bottom of the spine replacing!
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