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    I got around to replacing the front ARB bushes on the signum today, but failed miserably. I read on here that an Torx spanner was required because there isn't enough space to get a socket on the retaining bolts.

    So I put the front of the car up on axle stands and removed the front wheels, and armed with the set of torx spanners that I had bought from halfrauds set about trying to undo the bolts from under the wheelarch.

    Unfortunately I couldn't even get the spanner onto the bolts properly. It appears that a cranked or angled torx spanner is required (the only ones I could find locally were these ones, which were completely straight). Even then I can't see how you could even get enough angle of rotation (1/6 turn) to get to the next 'notch' on the spanner when undoing them.

    Can anyone recommend a supplier for a spanner that I'll actually be able to do this job with? Or am I going about it in the wrong way?

    thanks in advance!

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    try snap on as i have spanners that are angled but there snap on never done this job so i cant help on that gppgle it mate bet theres loads or ebay

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    Just another thought on this subject - when fitting the new bushes, would it be beneficial to apply some rubber-lube onto the part of the ARB which sits inside the bushes? I assume the bar needs to rotate reasonably freely within the bushes and this is the reason that the bushes wear out.

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    mine used to make a crashing sound when going over speed humps etc,. VX lubed them and the noise ceased.

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    Littleteapot
    all you need is a 10mm ringed ratchet spanner , and only remove the front bolt and just loosen the rear as this will then allow the bracket to slide out you can apply any kind of lube to the arb to aid insertion the anti roll bar dont rotate they just have lateral movement
    Driving vauxhall,s for 30 + years
    and still loving it

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    I used a flat Torx ratchet spanner.

    I found that it was easiest by putting the spanner on to the bolts from the direction of the opposite site of the car. It doesn't sound logical, but you can actually get the spanner on to the bolt easier and you can get a larger swing on it as well.

    If you read Vauxhall's instructions you should apply rubber-safe grease (they sell a tube of white grease for this purpose) to the inside of the bushes before you fasten them around the ARB's. This allows the ARB's to spin smoothly inside the bushes and I would think it greatly increases the time before the new ARB's wear and/or make a noise like the old ones.

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