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Rear suspension
14 September 2003 by Kerry
tiger The vast majority of the time involved in fitting the rear trailing arms, springs and dampers was stripping, cleaning and painting the Sierra components. After removing most of the rust, I treated everything with rust converter, then a coat of Hammerite-style paint.

Fitting everything was relatively painless, although spacing out the damper mountings exhausted my supply of spare washers, let alone the meagre few that Tiger supply in their infamous "about half the nuts and bolts you need" pack.

Because the springs aren't as wide as the original Sierra ones, there's a pair of spring locators in the kit to keep the bottom ends of the springs in place. To make the springs as vertical as possible, they need to go at the back of the depressions in the lower arms, but I found that by drilling the holes in the locators off-centre and using large washers under the suspension arms, I was able to use the existing central holes in the arms to attach the locators.

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Rear suspension Spacing washers for damper mounting
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