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    Looking at replacing some suspension parts after crimbo if i'm keeping the car which it looks like i will be doing for a while. I fitted new sprins and shocks just under 2 years ago but rest are original parts (93k miles ) so could do with updating.
    Am i right in thinking i need the following:-
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    - ARB Bushes
    - front stabilizer drop links
    - front wishbone arms

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    - Upper and lower control arms
    - ARB bushes

    Anything else i'd need? Wonder if trade club discount would apply or be any good on these.

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    All the parts you mention only need renewing if they are cream crackered.

    Arb can cause a squelching sound when going over speed bumps.

    Front drop links make a metalic knockng sound when going over SH .

    Front wishbones,dont normally have that many probs with these.

    Rear upper control armes when knackered make a knocking sound from rear,there a simple test for them..do a search.

    Rear ARB bushes are very easy to change on rear and cheap so may as well do these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graeme View Post
    Looking at replacing some suspension parts after crimbo if i'm keeping the car which it looks like i will be doing for a while. I fitted new sprins and shocks just under 2 years ago but rest are original parts (93k miles ) so could do with updating.
    Am i right in thinking i need the following:-
    FRONT
    - ARB Bushes
    - front stabilizer drop links
    - front wishbone arms

    REAR
    - Upper and lower control arms
    - ARB bushes

    Anything else i'd need? Wonder if trade club discount would apply or be any good on these.
    Thats about it mate unless you want to go to the lengths of replacing the upper strut mounts and bearings and possibly the rear arb drop links. Prevention is far better than cure.

    You might want to get some the uprated Saab front droplinks from partsforsaabs.com

    Trade club should be ok on most of those things as they are wear and tear items

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    Quote Originally Posted by macdad View Post
    All the parts you mention only need renewing if they are cream crackered.

    Arb can cause a squelching sound when going over speed bumps.

    Front drop links make a metalic knockng sound when going over SH .

    Front wishbones,dont normally have that many probs with these.

    Rear upper control armes when knackered make a knocking sound from rear,there a simple test for them..do a search.

    Rear ARB bushes are very easy to change on rear and cheap so may as well do these.
    Ah right cheers mate. Definately my front ARBs then not had any other major knocks but the front drop lonks look cheap so might get them done if doing the bushes anyway.

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    Whats involved in changing the front arbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graeme View Post
    Looking at replacing some suspension parts after crimbo if i'm keeping the car which it looks like i will be doing for a while. I fitted new sprins and shocks just under 2 years ago but rest are original parts (93k miles ) so could do with updating.
    Am i right in thinking i need the following:-
    FRONT
    - ARB Bushes
    - front stabilizer drop links
    - front wishbone arms

    REAR
    - Upper and lower control arms
    - ARB bushes

    Anything else i'd need? Wonder if trade club discount would apply or be any good on these.
    I would do the upper strut bearing whilst your in there. When replacing a front spring at 55K I found one of the dampers and an upper bearing grinding a wee bit so as a believer in preventative maintenance replaced the lot - struts, upper bearings, springs, drop links and ARB bushes.

    Didn't do the wishbone arms though. Are they known to be a common problem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrh1 View Post
    Whats involved in changing the front arbs.
    Changing the anti-roll bar itself? More hassle than it's worth, unless there's something wrong with it. If you mean the bushes for the ARB, just unbolt the droplink from the ARB, then undo the two bolts that hold the bush in place - reaching in and turning these bolts a bit at a time (which is all there's room for) is the toughest bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jezzy View Post
    Changing the anti-roll bar itself? More hassle than it's worth, unless there's something wrong with it. If you mean the bushes for the ARB, just unbolt the droplink from the ARB, then undo the two bolts that hold the bush in place - reaching in and turning these bolts a bit at a time (which is all there's room for) is the toughest bit.
    best tool for this is a 10mm ratchet spanner

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    Quote Originally Posted by marktaylor View Post
    best tool for this is a 10mm ratchet spanner
    10mm, yes; but I found that although the bolts were too tight to turn with your fingers, they were still too loose for the ratchet to work.

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