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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 9:39 am    Post subject: 996: C2 Front Suspension Reply with quote

This is for mods really, below are some threads I've put up on Porsche club GB, I'll post them as seperate replies on this thread so I don't spam the forum. Feel free to move them, use them or delete them....

MOD: moved to 996 FAQ

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 9:45 am    Post subject: Suspension Reply with quote

I can't post all pics up as I have over 60 pictures alone of the steps I took and close ups of stuff when changing out the first front spring, but thought these may come in handy. If anyone in future searches for this and follows what I did I am not responsible blah blah blah for any injury or damage caused, I'm just posting these up for info Smile :

Suspension turret access is under here:

Slide pannel out, pop cap off, and I put a big bar on the top nut to break it:

Loosen steering rod slightly:

Jack hub up to take weight and pressure off of droplink and ARB, use spanner and socket to unbolt:

Easy to remove now with hand:

Compress old spring:

Undo bolts on turret (mark them so you know which way they go):

Pop this out:

and this:

Undo brake line bracket:

Get a big allen key and bar on the calliper:

Gently tap calliper free with soft wood:

Unclip and remove sensor connectors:

Undo sensor block and mount:

It will come free now, compress shock downward by pressing on it, and push wishbone down, turn steering all the way to drivers side to fully extend steering arm, pull strut out:

Undo top nut fully with spring still compressed and don't stand infront of it like me lol, I've had a compressor slip / give way before on previous cars and had a top cap in my chest, it wasn't great....

Remove top nut:

Remove cap / mount:

Remove bearing / sleeve assembly:

No need to remove dust cover or washer if you don't want to, clean up strut (I cleaned off and repainted to stop any corrosion here):

New spring on:

I cleaned bearing sleeve and packed with fresh grease:

Pop everthing back on seating rubber etc correctly and tighten up:

Compress new shorter spring slightly, press down under arch and in:

Bit of silicone lube around the bolts and top to keep it all nice:

Lift up and bolt back on in correct position (need to line up with marks and ensure correct angle of turret):

Replace connector and reroute wires to correct place and connect:

Use something softish to pop these back in:

Line calliper up:

Greased bolts and popped back in:

Jack hub again and put drop link back on:

Put brake line bracket back on:


Replace cover:

Drop car down:

The spotting you see is penetrating oil, I pop that on all bolts before I start, I also degreased the brake disc when I got it all back together.Good idea to wash the arch liners out if you have time.

I haven't taken the back pics off of my phone yet, and I haven't got time to sort them out and upload them at the mo, but will try to get around to that soon.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2019 8:32 pm    Post subject: C2 suspension Reply with quote

Steve, I have recently put up a question a new thread about this topic, not having seen these two posts of yours (front and rear). .... was searching in the 996 section as opposed to 996 FAQ.

Reading the post it looks to exactly what I need, except I am unable to view the photos on my iPad (almost new iPad Air).. well, I can see a ultra lo-resolution blur of your photos ....There is much talk of the photobucket fiasco but I cannot find any info on how I can get to see already posted photos such as yours.

Can you or anyone help me out here, do I need a photo bucket app, or any other app to resolve this?
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