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    Default Rear Control Arm Bush Replacement Made Easy

    Following on from an earlier thread of mine ( http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showthread.php?t=159604 ), which confirmed to me that most people had found that only the outer bush was worn on the rear upper control arms when they removed the old part, I decided to try and replace just the outer bushes yesterday, without going to the hassle of removing the arm from the car.

    I used the "threaded rod and nut" method, which I've seen used on Wheeler Dealers, and in fact if you buy la-dee-da new bushes (e.g. ones with camber adjustment facility) then you sometimes get the rod, nut and a metal sleeve included with them. My bushes were from ebay, so I fashioned my own removal parts, i.e. an M12 threaded rod from Wickes and several nuts and washers.

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    This method worked a treat, and the outer bush was indeed totally worn - the metal sleeve inside the rubber could be moved up and down by hand, which isn't how it should be.

    The shiny round metal thing in the middle of my bush removal contraption is an exhaust clamp, and it was used to pull the bush into it; the rusty metal thing to the right of it is an old dumbell weight, which has a hole small enough that the 32mm socket to the right of that doesn't slip through - the socket stops the washer on the rod from slipping through. If you had some bigass washers to hand you could do without the weight and the socket, but I didn't have any.

    I reversed the tool to pull the new bush into the control arm afterwards, and job done.

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    Thanks , thats a good tip , mine are bolloxed as shown by knackered inner tread on tyres, will give this ago .
    How much were the bushes ?

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    good job well done , do you have a link for the replacement bush

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    Lots of different price ranges available, here's one at £20 for just one bush:

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Suspension...item2ebaf36657


    And here's one at £10 for both, or a quarter of the price:

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VAUXHALL-V...item3a62f8a670

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    Thats good , better then fitting new arm .

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    or you can spend more and only replace the once ?. http://www.powerflex.co.uk/products/...29-2690/1.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by reeseandellie View Post
    or you can spend more and only replace the once ?. http://www.powerflex.co.uk/products/...29-2690/1.html
    Cheapest i've found (and fitted)
    http://www.powerflexshop.com/product...oducts_id=2754

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    Quote Originally Posted by reeseandellie View Post
    or you can spend more and only replace the once ?. http://www.powerflex.co.uk/products/...29-2690/1.html
    You still have to remove the old bush and fit the new (Powerflex) one though, as Powerflex don't sell the arms, just the bushes.

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    Yes, you still have to remove the bush, but as you said in your original post, the outer bush wear more than the inner bush. While replacing it with a standard bush will solve any knocking etc you get with worn bushes. Reeseandellie is just saying replace it with a Powerflex bush you only have to do it once.

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