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Old 16th February 2019, 20:11   #1
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Luckily, I don't urgently need this project car and it's taken weeks of having a go with various tools to release the bush housing bolts to free them today.

Yipee, well not quite, having set the car up on stands and ramps, now cannot get the housing out of the space available. Will now have to get the wheels off and try to release the inner ball joint in the hope it gives me enough room.
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Luckily, I don't urgently need this project car and it's taken weeks of having a go with various tools to release the bush housing bolts to free them today.

Yipee, well not quite, having set the car up on stands and ramps, now cannot get the housing out of the space available. Will now have to get the wheels off and try to release the inner ball joint in the hope it gives me enough room.
Have an assistant push the front wheel forward a bit with a lever (lump of wood or such) and you will have room to get it out. I managed without an assistant but with the help of a ratchet strap. Don't overdo it or risk damaging the strut. Just enough will be fine!
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Old 17th February 2019, 12:37   #3
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Have an assistant push the front wheel forward a bit with a lever (lump of wood or such) and you will have room to get it out. I managed without an assistant but with the help of a ratchet strap. Don't overdo it or risk damaging the strut. Just enough will be fine!
Thanks for that and special thanks to a member who phoned me this morning to offer assistance. I have now got one of the bushes off, and am now in the "struggling to get the bolts lined up" mode. The main problem is the actual angle of the mounting in relation to the bolt holes. So, taking a break then out to find my G clamps.

Shock horror when I took the two new bush mountings out of the delivery box to see that both plastic wrapped units had "R/H SIDE" printed on each, but luckily on examination, I have one of each.

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A pair of mole grips clipped onto the bracket help you to "twist and wiggle" the whole thing whilst getting the bolts started (twist upwards, then forwards and back until it lines up). Clean the bolts up well with a wire brush first. Don't force the bolt or you may get it cross threaded. Slow and steady wins the race!
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Finally managed to finish about half an hour ago, having had to saw the centre ring of a bush off the arm, but finally finished. Yes, I did struggle getting those bolts lined up.
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Finally managed to finish about half an hour ago, having had to saw the centre ring of a bush off the arm, but finally finished. Yes, I did struggle getting those bolts lined up.
Well done. You've joined the front suspension rear bush club!
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Well done. You've joined the front suspension rear bush club!
Ironically, I did a pair about five years ago (not this car), goodness knows why I struggled this much again.
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