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    Default Been tidying up my suspension

    I got fed up with all the knock and bangs i've been having on my car recently, so decided to replace my original 8year old Anti Roll Bar bushes with Powerflex ones.

    So an order was placed with Neo Brothers and the weekend was put aside for a bit of suspension TLC.

    Had a bit of a nightmare refitting the second front ARB bush, but a suggestion in the How to discussion thread was a god send.

    While I was at it, I decided to give it a spruce up. So went from

    Near side before



    Off side after


    Had a bit of a oops on the rear, ordered the wrong size rear ARB bushes, but i've still fitted new Upper control arms and ARB shackle (the rear equivalent to the front drop link)

    Will get the paint out, and give the rear a good going over too, oh and obviously fit the correct Powerflex ARB Bushes (which are already ordered)

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    looks so much better Keif ...has the ride improved ??

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    very good Keif you have been busy .

    the vectra has gone , but not far away so ill still see it form time to time

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    Quote Originally Posted by soulman View Post
    looks so much better Keif ...has the ride improved ??
    I don't know. I fitted the front ARBs and painted the offside yesterday and finished the nearside front off this morning.

    Not quite got the rear finished, so it's currently sat on axle stands on my drive.

    Oh and i've dropped the oil, and not filled it yet due to the angle it's at.

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    looking good there mate, nothing like a bit of car fettleing on a weekend
    Midlands Mod Shop - NFFC.

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    Painted all the rear suspension and callipers etc yesterday, will post pictures up later.

    Took two minutes longer than planned, due to stopping at 11am on Remembrance Sunday.

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    A couple of pics of the rear. No before pics as while the springs were out, the brush miraculously appeared in my hand and I got to work.

    Started off just planning the do the spring location and lower arm.
    Ended up doing the lot (well I had the brush, lol)




    (The exhaust is straight just the angle I was laying when I took the picture)

    As for the handling, I drove to work yesterday and strongly think my ARB bushes needed replacing when I bought the car. It's completely transformed how it corners and holds the road. Also the annoying knocking, banging and clunking has all but gone. Still a small knock on the rear, but i've seen the state of my rear ARB bushes and think it's just there call to be replaced. Can't wait to for the 18mm Powerflex ARB bushes to arrive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keif View Post
    Can't wait to for the 18mm Powerflex ARB bushes to arrive.
    Which the Postman has delivered this morning. Wahoo.

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    Good work there! Where did u get your bushes from?

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    forget that just read it properly

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