|Broken coils on left.|
Anyway, for anyone who needs to repair the typical butt dragging the Westy's have, rear springs are easy to replace. Mine even more so as the drivers side was broken. Made the Westy lean much more pronounced.
Essentially, after chocking wheels (do not rely on e-brake) and jacking up the corner you are working on and stabilize on a jack stand, you remove the lower shock bolt. After that, the spring is generally loose enough to rotate for optimum alignment and removal. Please keep in mind the need to pay attention to the direction of the coils and the location of the rubber spring isolator disks. Locate the position of the spring disk before installation of the spring, and secure it into place with some black electrical type tape. That way it won't move during installation. The bottom end of the coil will need to be spun to fit into the perch correctly.
For a taller spring, you may need to compress a bit in order to get it in there. The arm will flex down with some pressure, but wrangling the spring while pressing down with a lever to gain room can be tricky.
|Things take longer with a nearly 4 year old involved. But it made|
him happy and I was glad to have the company. At
least he will not be one of those moronic men who do
not know how to change a tire.