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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Feb 27th, 02, 06:00 PM Thread Starter
 
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Ok guys, I installed my front Hotchkis springs about 1 month ago.

I've been searching about subframes, and came a cross a post where someone was venting about his front springs not being labeled top and bottom, and installing one upside down, so the car was much higher on one side than the other.

The Hotchkis springs didnt really have any instructions, and i dont remember anything about a label for top/bottom. The springs didnt look different to me.

Is there a proper top and bottom for the Hotchkis springs ????

I sure hope not, or I'm going to have to remove them !!!! The car is still a shell, so its impossible to really check if the ride height is correct.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Feb 27th, 02, 06:22 PM
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Was there any difference in the spring ends?
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Not that I noticed. The springs are on the car now. It never even occurred to me until I saw this other post. He didnt say what types of springs they were.

I just saw the other post and now its got me thinking. I dont think there was difference, but what if there was and I didnt notice ???
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old Feb 28th, 02, 07:13 AM Thread Starter
 
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Well I called Hotchkis this AM and apparently there is a top and bottom !!!! The word Hotchkis printed on them should be right side up....... I looked at my car and of course one is upside down !!!!!!!

God damn it !!!! They should have indicated something in the crappy instructions they supply.

Did anyone else know this ????
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old Feb 28th, 02, 11:38 AM
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I noticed their name printed on it but I didn't see a difference between top and bottom, so I'll have to check which way I put them in. They're staying where they are either way they're in.

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Yep, I noticed this on mine and put them both in with the Hotchkis print right side up (just because I am anal retentive about stuff )! There was not any apparent difference at all in the look of the springs from either end.

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I never noticed a difference either. Thats why it never even occurred to me.

Well I guess the bright side is I figured this out while the car is still pretty much disassembled, so flipping the spring isnt that much of a hassle. I just hope I can pop the upper ball joint without damaging the rubber boot. It hasnt been on there to long, so it may just pop when I release the nut. Hopefully i wont need to use a fork.
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I had to adjust my springs too when I first put them in. You'll have to use a fork to seperate that ball joint, but one or two hits will pop it loose. No problem.

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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old Jun 22nd, 04, 05:10 PM
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Dredging this one up from LONG ago....

I looked at my Hotchkis 1907F's six ways from Sunday as did a buddy. We couldn't decide which way to install them! They looked the same from either end.

I'm as anal as they come but the springs just seemed to fit better when the name was upside down. Who's gonna see it anyway?

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I don't see it making a difference if the spring is correctly seated in the pocket.
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