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Capri 2.8 Front Leg Refurbishment

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Hi all 

this question has probably been asked before so please bare with me. I'm planning well ahead for winter months to refurb my 2.8 Capri legs as I don't think they have ever been refurbed as I've owned the car for over 20 years so think it's time to do so. Never done this job before so I looking to find a step by step guide on how to. So if anybody can point me in the right direction I would be most greatfull. Would like to find out as much as poss before doing to see what's what if you get me. As I've read a bit about different inserts and all sounds a bit confusing to me at the mo also apart from spring clamps is there any other specialised tools needed. This question has been posted under mk1 & mk2 Escort section but as I've had no replies thought it might be better posted here. For an answer. 

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Kyb do a gas insert think its listed for 3lt capri. Ride good. Unscrew  top  of your strut remove old unit bit of clean fit new inserts

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Thanks for your reply. Didn't think is was going to be that easy  to be honest. Plus I thought the strut was filled with oil. As you say kyb do an insert would you know where the best place to buy them would be. Also I assume as you say that it's listed under 3lt Capri then the legs are all the same no difference in fit size ( bore ) between these and 2.8 lt ones 

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1 hour ago, Delbert said:

Thanks for your reply. Didn't think is was going to be that easy  to be honest. Plus I thought the strut was filled with oil. As you say kyb do an insert would you know where the best place to buy them would be. Also I assume as you say that it's listed under 3lt Capri then the legs are all the same no difference in fit size ( bore ) between these and 2.8 lt ones 

No unfortunately the 2.8 Bilstein Struts and the 3lt struts are different. It definitely isn't that simple. The 2.8s take a specialised Bilstein gas insert although you can get various damper rates depending on your needs. They also have an upper collar bearing that is pressed into place on the originals and while you can get replacement bearings now replacing them with no specialised equipment could be troublesome. Above the bearing is a dirt shield but I could never find replacements for them and they looked like they may be ruined if I try to remove them never bothered to change the bearings either. Check to see if there is any play in the inserts to see if the bearing is worn or not.

Sorry you cant get it all in focus at once when shooting so close up but you can see the green bearing and the fuzzy upper section is the dirt shield.

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Also if they are Original Capri 2.8 struts that haven't had their dampers replaced before you may have to drill out the bolt hole at the base of the strut tube as the inserts are made for the competition Bilstein struts and they have bigger holes.

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Many thanks for the info. It all sounded too good to be that easy. So seems I've a lot more to take on board before I carry out any refurb just to be sure of all things. Was thinking whilst refurbing to also change springs as I've -1" ones fitted at mo but they seem too hard for the road but don't know their lbs/ft so need to find out what lbs/ft of origanils would be. Plus not sure if I get the original lbs/ft at -1" whether this would alter front ride height to what it is now. 

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6 hours ago, Delbert said:

Many thanks for the info. It all sounded too good to be that easy. So seems I've a lot more to take on board before I carry out any refurb just to be sure of all things. Was thinking whilst refurbing to also change springs as I've -1" ones fitted at mo but they seem too hard for the road but don't know their lbs/ft so need to find out what lbs/ft of origanils would be. Plus not sure if I get the original lbs/ft at -1" whether this would alter front ride height to what it is now. 

Its hard to get a reference when the struts are fitted  with other springs before you buy them. I believe that for a spirited road car you should never go above 175 lbs/ft and if you just enjoy cruising on the road then 145 lbs/ft is more than adequate. Any more just shakes the fillings out. You can get each of those ratings with the -1in that you require. Keeping in mind Capri 2.8 Bilstein struts have their platforms set 1 inch lower to begin with.

The Capri Bilstein Struts are a sought after item for Escort conversions. Its well worth taking the time to get them right. Firstly you may not need to replace the bearings you should be able to tell if there is any play when they are off the car. When I bought some inserts for mine they only had Forest or Tarmac spec ones available so went with the softer Forest ones but they now offer an original equipment one so that would be the choice for a road car.

https://www.burtonpower.com/bilstein-damper-insert-ford-capri-2-8i-oe-front-bilp9199.html

You will note that they are OE spec it also makes reference to the need to drill the base hole out to fit these if yours haven't been done already.

But if your bearings are fine you may get away with a simple insert replacement in the end. At worst you may have to replace the bearings but they are available and relatively inexpensive, its just a matter of getting the bearings in. Either way you will have a set of the best struts for Escorts that you can get. Well worth the effort.

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Thanks for your reply and help on this subject I'm now getting to grips with what's what and it's looking a whole lot clearer to me. So it's make a list of what to check out once legs are off the car and take it from there and hopefully they will be greatly improved and the drive will be even more enjoyable. 

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