Hello! Log in or Register   |  Help  |  Donate  |  Buy Shirts  See all banner ads | Advertise on TheSamba.com  
Changing pop top springs on a Riviera
Forum Index -> Vanagon Share: Facebook Twitter
Reply to topic
Print View
Quick sort: Show newest posts on top | Show oldest posts on top View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
Samba Member

Joined: January 26, 2010
Posts: 7911
Location: Greater Toronto Area Ontario West Side
DAIZEE is offline 

PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 4:26 am    Post subject: Changing pop top springs on a Riviera Reply with quote

Anyone got some valid ideas for changing the springs. I've tried it and it is a very physical thing. Would a come along work. I need to change all 4 and need to know how to do it. Or can it even be done?
'09 2.5L Jetta 5 cylinder, 5 spd, super turbo, see thread in H2O Cooled Jetta, etc...
83.5 Vanagon L Riviera Model with 98 1.9L TD AAZ 4 speed Daily Driver 3 out of 4 seasons (sold)
84 Vanagon GL Wolfsburg Westy WBX 4 speed (sold)
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
Samba Member

Joined: October 29, 2010
Posts: 321
Location: PNW - its a dry rain.
rmcd is online now 

PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 10:07 am    Post subject: an idea Reply with quote

First let me say that I failed trying to put my springs on myself. It was a two person job in my eyes and I was alone.

So my idea for what is worth. I had just finished rebuilding my ASI top. My thought was to prop the top up using blocks of wood so that I would have complete access to the springs. I was then going to have a friend stabilize the bar end of the spring while I used a spring puller (6 bucks at harbor freight) to pull the other end into place.

I gave up because I knew I was going to send the van to north-westy for some work and I was going to have them do it. Probably an 8 minute job for them.

One tip I got from north-westy for you when you do this. Put a rubber hose around each spring before installing them. It will keep the noise down when they when bouncing around.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Gallery Classifieds Feedback
Display posts from previous:   
Reply to topic    Forum Index -> Vanagon All times are Mountain Standard Time/Pacific Daylight Savings Time
Page 1 of 1

Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum

About | Help! | Advertise | Donate | Premium Membership | Privacy/Terms of Use | Contact Us | Site Map
Copyright © 1996-2015, Everett Barnes. All Rights Reserved.
Not affiliated with or sponsored by Volkswagen of America | Forum powered by phpBB