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    Default I've decided im no mechanic

    Once again, a simple job has turned into an utter nightmare, come to change my drop links and arb bushes today, and the damn bush just wouldn't come out of the bridle to fit the new one. Spent an hour twisting the screwdriver and what not and it really didn't want to play ball.

    Not sure if the earlier vectra's have the clip on either side of there arb bushes, but mine has and they aren't easy to work with. I recommend anyone attempting this job on the 2 piece style arb's to make sure they have some sort of heavy duty circlip pliers to force the bridle open past these clips.

    Anyhows, i'm taking mine into a garage. i'll stick to brake pad changes only in future me thinks. Just had to rant that all out

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    Hammer lol

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    if i thought i could get an hammer in there.. i might have tried that lol. I'm beginning to wish i bought the 06 plate, or just a pre facelift, they just seem so much easier to work on

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    May be wrong but everything in a pre face is the same as a face except front end and interior

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    Dunno, everytime i look at the how to's, my car seems to find something to have different, in this case the ARB bush design. Dont think the earlier ones had the clips on either side which make it a mission to change them. Well ive got one new drop link on anyway, at least i did something today (im ignoring the fact the garage is going to have to take it back off anyway to change the bush that i couldn't :P )

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    Do you have the entire front of the car jacked up or just the side you're working on? If it's just the side you're working on, the drop links and ARB bushes will be experiencing the effects of the other side (the one you're not working on) being under extreme compression, making working on them more difficult than if there were no weight on the front suspension at all.

    Try putting the whole front of the car in the air (axle stands on both sides) so there's no weight on the front suspension. Everything should move far more freely.

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    You often encounter battles with stubborn fixings when doing these little jobs - which all add to the fun - but you'll get a lot of satisfaction when you beat it - I'm sure most of the members on here have encountered the inaccessible bolt that can only be turned one flat at a time and adds an hour to the job your doing ! Don't be put off and keep at it

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    @bigdave I had both sides up on axle stands, i would have liked it slightly higher but i think my jack is knackered as it starts to tip the higher it goes (the ground aint perfectly level but considering ive seen jacks work fine on slanted driveways, a slight gradient on the tarmac over the road shouldn't have that sort of effect i dont think... need a trip to halfords for a new un i think).

    I got everything off pretty much, drop links were a bit tight (de-threaded them getting them off), but persistence paid off. I got the ARB bridle bolts undone, and i literally had the ARB waving around in front of me, i just couldnt for the life of me get the old bushes out of the bridle, presumingly because of the little clips on side as you can see here...

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    I tried prying it out with a screwdriver, tried pushing the clips it which obviously wouldn't work as there's no play in them to do that, and the only way i can think they would come out is to bend the bridle or somehow cut/snap the clips off.

    I'm sure someone on here has managed to do it, and i'd love to know how, but after an hour of an extended arm trying to get it out, i had to accept defeat cause my arm was knackered lol. May be easier if you can get underneath and pry it out from the bottom, but given the state of my jack, i wasn't risking getting the car high enough to work under it properly.

    But its booked into a garage for 11am tomorrow, and i'll just mark this one down as another defeat and try changing my glow plugs next (oh joy... its a 120 by the way, hence why my glow plugs have been sitting in my cupboard for 5 months)

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    I found it a pain doing the arb bushes a right tight squeeze to get them back on lol

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