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View Poll Results: Which Bush Was Worn on Your Upper Control Arms?

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  • Inner Bush More Worn

    4 12.50%
  • Outer Bush More Worn

    18 56.25%
  • Both Bushes Worn About the Same

    4 12.50%
  • I Can't Remember Which One Was Most Worn

    6 18.75%
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Thread: POLL: Rear Upper Control Arms

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    Default POLL: Rear Upper Control Arms

    I replaced both rear upper control arms 2 years ago on my Signum, but during a fast-ish overtaking manouvre yesterday it felt like they've gone again. The ones on the car now were from Euro Car Parts, so not ebay cheapies, and it's a bit disappointing that even by avoiding the lowest priced ones available they haven't lasted so long. So, this time I've decided to save myself some money and just replace the worn bushes and reuse the existing metal arms; this is after seeing Edd China successfully use the "threaded rod and nut" method to draw out a bush from a suspension arm on a Fiat Dino yesterday, and I'll give that a try.

    When I replaced the original Vx arms, only one bush on each one was worn/soft and the other was was still fine, so I'm planning to just replace the one bush each side. However, I can't remember if it was the inner bush or the outer one that was worn, hence the poll.

    So, if you've replaced the arms yourself (or watched a garage do it for you) and you remember which of the two bushes - inner or outer - was worn, please cast your vote. This is so if it's the outer one that wears most, I can try and remove the bush with the arm still connected to the car at the inner end instead of removing the whole arm. Thanks.

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    It was my outer bush that was worn.

    But just to warn you getting a bush out is no where near as easy as he made it look.

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    I get your point, but it's worth a try. Worst case scenario, if the bush doesn't come out then I get in the Mrs' car and pop down to ECP and buy a pair of arms.

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    Yeah fair one. You can buy purpose made bush pulling kits not sure if could them cheap on eBay or not.

    I'd be using as an excuse for polly bushes lol

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    At what age/mileage are these been replaced as a rule?

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    Not sure on mileage, but you know they need replacing when you experience this: you drive around a largish roundabout as a fair speed, and you go over a bump which makes it feel like the back of the car wobbled or moved to one side - that feeling is caused by a lack of stiffness in the worn bush.

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    honestly think youd be mad just changing one bush on each arm as i can guarantee that within a couple of months the other bush will deteriorate and youll have to remove the arms to do the second bush

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    You might be right, you might be wrong (and I do recall that one of the bushes was absolutely 100% fine on each of the original arms I removed, and they were 6 years old by then). But, if I do manage to extract the outer bush using a threaded rod and nuts and washers, the whole job would be about 15 minutes - that's a hell of a saving in time, swearing and bruised arms compared to removing the inner bolt, given the really poor access to it. Like I said above, worth a try.

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    Is there a poly bush that would fit?

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    yeah powerflex do them at £90 per arm for both or £61 each for outer bushes

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