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    Vehicle : Vectra C estate

    Trim : SRI

    Engine : Z19DTH

    Year : 2008

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    Default sub frame tool

    has anybody got a tool for lining up the vec c subframe after removal?

    cheers

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    The front? If you look in the haynes manual it tells you how to make one up using a socket metal bar and two bolts. Don't have my manual at hand though.

    I made the tool and used it on my last car for changing the clutch

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    Vehicle : Vectra C estate

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    i had a look at that but couldnt understand where the holes were, and i need one thats already made as the subframe has been removed previously so not sure how i could make one up if the subframe isnt lined up correctly.

    Correct me if im wrong guys as i really havnt got a clue

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    I just took mine off dumped it on floor.

    And then lifted it back in place after done the clutch.
    It all lined up fine.

    And even a full geometry check showed it was ok

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    I don't think there is a ready-made tool for this; the kit that the dealers use is a huge mutha that combines the facility for lowering the subframe with the realignment requirement.

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    There is a small round hole on the subframe (for the bolt) and a large hole on the underside of the car...you can't really miss it.

    If a member with a takes some measurements you can make the tool to the same measurements.

    As long as both sides sit the same (the tool fits into both sides without adjustment) then you'll be fine.

    I could take measurements off of mine tomorrow if you like. It had the subframe off for a new dmf at VX but that was 40k ago and has had a 4wheel alignment since that confirmed it's straight

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    if you could john that would be great m8, im just going over everything thats been done as im getting uneven wear on the front, and the sub frame is one of the potential causes

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    My cars on the pit this weekend (Upper Control arms) so I can take the measurements if you wish.

    Just thinking John will the facelift be different with the extra Chassis brace?

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    never thought of that.

    If you could that would be great m8

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    Quote Originally Posted by rushy View Post
    My cars on the pit this weekend (Upper Control arms) so I can take the measurements if you wish.

    Just thinking John will the facelift be different with the extra Chassis brace?
    Shouldn't think so bud as the hole on the subframe is right next to the wheel and the other is on the body of the car. The subframe on the facelift isn't actually that different when you look at it.

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