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Pelican Technical Article:

Replacing Rear Springs

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$126 to $400

Talent:

**

Tools:

Jack, jack stands, 18mm socket, 18mm wrench

Applicable Models:

VW GTI (2006-09)

Parts Required:

New springs

Hot Tip:

Check your bushings

Performance Gain:

Better handling

Complementary Modification:

New shocks

The springs on your car are an important component of the suspension system and along with the shocks should be checked at least once a year. You want to look for worn out bushings/mounts along with any damage including rust to the spring. People also like to change their springs when performing suspension modifications on their cars. If you are interested in changing your springs for aftermarket or a sportier spring rate, make sure you match up the shocks to go with your new springs. The shock and springs work in tandem. Just changing one may result in worse performance than when you started.

Begin by safely lifting and supporting the vehicle. Please see our article on safely raising and supporting your vehicle for further assistance. Wear safety glasses. Remove the rear wheels.

The rear spring (yellow arrow) sits between the lower transverse link (red arrow) and the chassis (green arrow).
Figure 1

The rear spring (yellow arrow) sits between the lower transverse link (red arrow) and the chassis (green arrow).

On the forward edge of the left side transverse arm, separate the link from the HID unit (red arrow) to the transverse link (yellow arrow).
Figure 2

On the forward edge of the left side transverse arm, separate the link from the HID unit (red arrow) to the transverse link (yellow arrow). You can just pop the cup off the ball and press it back on when reinstalling.

Place a floor jack under where the transverse link joins the wheel bearing housing (red arrow).
Figure 3

Place a floor jack under where the transverse link joins the wheel bearing housing (red arrow). You just want to support the weight of the assembly at this point.

Use an'mm socket and loosen the blot connecting the link to the bearing housing (red arrow).
Figure 4

Use an'mm socket and loosen the blot connecting the link to the bearing housing (red arrow). There is an'mm retaining nut on the opposite side so be prepared to hold it when loosening the bolt. You may have to slightly lift up on the jack to allow you to remove the bolt from the link.

Slowly lower the floor jack.
Figure 5

Slowly lower the floor jack. Use caution here as the spring is under pressure. With the jack lowered and the transverse link free from the bearing housing, you can remove the spring from the car.

Check the spring for any rust, cracks or damage.
Figure 6

Check the spring for any rust, cracks or damage. A light surface rust can be cleaned up and repainted but any rust into the spring itself means replacing the springs. Always replace springs in pairs. When install new springs or reinstalling old springs make sure the top and bottom of the spring sits in the perch or cut out in the rubber spring seat.

When installing make sure to insert the spring seat locating pin in the transverse link (red arrow).
Figure 7

When installing make sure to insert the spring seat locating pin in the transverse link (red arrow). This will stop the spring from rotating or making noise while driving. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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