Torsion Bar Fitting

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#1 Torsion Bar Fitting

Post by Paddy » Fri Aug 12, 2022 3:34 pm

Afternoon all, there is a plethora on this subject which I have found invaluable but !

I am struggling to refit the shock absorber, having followed the manual, I know it me , it’s hot I’m flustered. Removing the setting gauge which is set at 19.25” centres, the shock does not reach the lower locating point, it is at full stretch and is short by an inch. I don’t wish to use force as I am not convinced this is the best approach.
I have, I believe, followed the manual details correctly to set up the TB manoeuvring the spline to ensure line up to reaction plate.

I have hopefully attached an image to demonstrate my dilemma, every days is a learning day so look forward to any insights offered.

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#2 Re: Torsion Bar Fitting

Post by mgcjag » Fri Aug 12, 2022 4:54 pm

Have a re read of the service manual...think you should be jacking the hub up to fit the shock....its not supposed to be the same length as the setting link
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#3 Re: Torsion Bar Fitting

Post by rswaffie » Fri Aug 12, 2022 5:35 pm

:yeahthat:
And if the engine is out, you’ll need some ‘hefty’ friends to sit on the frames to do it.
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#4 Re: Torsion Bar Fitting

Post by bitsobrits » Fri Aug 12, 2022 6:10 pm

Worst case is you have to wait for the engine/gearbox install and get it back on it's wheels before you can attach the damper, in which case it will go on easily. You don't need the dampers until it's ready to run, so what's the rush?
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#5 Re: Torsion Bar Fitting

Post by Series1 Stu » Fri Aug 12, 2022 8:58 pm

Surely the engine and gearbox are fitted already? Otherwise, the reaction plate etc. will have to come out again. :shrug:

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#6 Re: Torsion Bar Fitting

Post by angelw » Fri Aug 12, 2022 9:27 pm

It's Posted in the Series 3 section, therefore, presumably the car is an S3. With an S3, there is no Reaction Plate per se, but an " I " Beam anchor members bolted to the floor. The engine will go in just fine with the suspension totally in place.

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#7 Re: Torsion Bar Fitting

Post by Paddy » Sat Aug 13, 2022 8:31 am

Yes it’s a S3.
From the comments I am on the right track, the engine and gearbox are out currently so there is limited down force to assist.
Many thanks

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#8 Re: Torsion Bar Fitting

Post by Allrand » Sat Aug 13, 2022 11:04 am

If it's any help I used a turn buckle with long enough eye bolts fitted to the shock mounting points to pull the lower control arm up enough to connect the upper ball joints & tie rod ends. Then the car can sit on its wheels or with a suport under the lca and a little more weight on it will enable the shocks to be fitted.
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