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Need source for new 1997 XK8 convertible front coil springs

Car has 153,000 miles and is now "bottoming out" after replacing front struts. Now believe I need to replace front coil springs, but have been told that Jaguar no longer sells them for the 1997 XK8 convertible

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Hi

Yes front coil springs are what you need !

I think the spares situation for Jaguars, is disgusting with the main dealers.

I have been trying to source them myself, for about 2 weeks, and only found ****, painted up second hand ones.
I will keep trying, and let you know if I am lucky and find a source for genuine new springs.

Best Wishes

John

Posted on Feb 03, 2009

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