Thank you for the advice,
i opened the bonnet last nite and bounced on the wing and the rubbers in the top mounts are bouncing out of the car, so i assume they dfo need changed.
The only modification I would suggest would be to jack the car up so that the wheel is just about to leave the floor - i.e., keep a little weight on the wheel.
Then, when you remove the upper strut mounting, the suspension won't drop any further. Without the wheel in place, the strut is acting as the stop for the suspension.