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    Thread: How to remove/reinstall front struts to replace springs?

    1. 06-28-2010 01:55 PM #1
      Can someone point me to a link or post that contains the strut removal and reinstall for a MkV (2006) GTI along with the torque spes?

      I've done this on a couple of BMW's but not on a front wheel drive. I'm looking for the tips and tricks associated with this car and the front axles. Thanks.

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      06-28-2010 03:19 PM #2
      The fronts with OEM springs on the Mk5 can be a bit difficult to remove due to clearance issues, many choose to remove the axle bolt (needs replaced each time), but pulling the axle bolts is not required.

      This DIY may help:

      http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=2213232

      A strut spreader tool is nice to have and you will want a set of spring compressors to get enough clearance.

      We do have suspension install kits available if needed:

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      06-28-2010 11:33 PM #3
      to do this you will need a 14mm triple square (12 point) and i believe you will also need a 6 or 8mm triple square for the swaybar end link. spring compressor is a must and a BFH and pry bar along with a friend with some weight on him

      i did my suspension over a week ago and if i were to do it again i would rather pay someone that has done it before to do it. pain in the as s !.

      i would also suggest a set of open ended sockets so that you can stick the 6 or 8mm triple square into the bolt while loosening the nut. ( do not use an impact gun on the swaybar endlinks you will damage them like i did $50 EACH. )

      good luck and if you have any questions feel free to pm me.

      Cheers!

    4. 06-29-2010 11:15 AM #4
      Can someone explain what these are?
      - Strut spreader tool: where do you insert and what does it separate?
      - Triple square: is this a different term for a common wrench/tool or a special order tool?

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      06-29-2010 11:44 AM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by Red-MkV-GTI View Post
      Can someone explain what these are?
      - Strut spreader tool: where do you insert and what does it separate?
      - Triple square: is this a different term for a common wrench/tool or a special order tool?
      The strut spreader tool and triple square can be found here:

      http://www.ecstuning.com/Volkswagen-...aign=postreply

      The strut spreader tool goes into the knuckle once the pinch bolt is removed, it spreads out the housing to allow the strut to lift up and out. The pinch bolt that runs through the knuckle is a triple square head on one end and a nut on the other (I believe 17mm or 18mm). One trick to note, you can use the head of a 3/8" ratchet or extension to hold the head on the triple square while torquing the nut to remove it. I would not use the 3/8" ratchet trick to put torque on the bolt for risk of damaging the splines, but I have done a few Mk5 suspension installs just holding the head of the triple square with a ratchet and putting all the torque on the nut.

      Triple square drive bits look much like a torx bolt, but have more splines, they are fairly common and found in various spots on the Mk5.

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