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Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Naracoorte, South Australia
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Special Tools HaHaHaHaHa!
Long time since last post
Got zero pics 'coz all were done on son's phone which apparently pooped itself. Pity I quite liked the (special) tool we made out of some 8 mm aluminium plate, a threaded rod and some nuts to replace the rear sub-frame bushes
Can't remember if I replied somewhere else (getting old)
Special tools used were
To compress spring on pcv tube ------- 2 cable ties
To remove rear sub-frame bushes ------- Right angle compressed air drill, hacksaw blade in holder, chisel and big hammer (thanks Dabsy)
Dog bones were easy
Since then with extreme confidence in the above method have replaced
Lower control arms (pickle fork GOOD)
Torque links (on end of torsion bar on front end) --- needed a thin spanner to avoid damaging boots
Radius arm bushes ---------- hacksaw etc again
Steering idler bush ----------same same
(Although we have a mate with a garage and a 10 ton press which helped)
and finally outer tie rod ends -------- actually borrowed a proper tie rod end breaker for this.
To all the people who told me you had to hit the mounting to break the taper out --- It didn't seem too effective after 23 years in place.
I actually found some dust boots locally which almost fit on the radius arm ends. Had to use wire to fasten them in place as the old springs were too tight and the new ones too loose.
Car now drives like it is on rails and the wheel aligner is happy (couldn't do it last time as the struts kept moving when the weight went on them)
Son seems happy only he can't afford to register it at the moment
My own car had some problems which seem to have gone away after replacing crank and cam sensors (but I can't prove that was the problem)
Hope all is well and you motors are running well
My daily is a Mitsubishi HSGR (but I wouldn't mind an e34 525i)