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    Having done a bit of googling and raking the forum a bit im left scratching my head a little.

    There are jobs thatll need doing on wifeys vec and i figure if im working near some bushes, might be as well changing them while im there. Ive had a bit of a poke round the car and can bet some of the bushes are still original as theyre a bit tired looking.

    Now to the question:
    Have you upgraded any bushes and if so, what did you use and do you feel there was a noticable improvement.

    The reason for asking is id like to retain a decent ride but improve the handling a bit and ive learned in the past that going poly mad isnt always the best route when quality of the ride is just as important as improving the handling/ feel.

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    fitted Power-flex ARB bushes front & rear,uprated drop-links in the front,replaced rear drop-links,2 new struts,2 new shocks (rear) strut top bearings,inner & outer tie-arms..............................done the ARB's 1st & it 'tightened' her up...................if you know what i mean....................then i just changed the rest

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    Did you use the saab droplinks and are the rears standard?

    Thanks for the quick reply btw

    Jim

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    Hello,

    Saab droplinks are exactly the same (GM parts, actually, same parts numbers as well) as ours Vectras'.

    Meyle makes uprated droplings that are suitable for both Saab 9-3 SS and Vectra C SRi/VRx (or any sports suspension model).

    You can find them at PFS, or anywhere else.

    http://www.partsforsaabs.com/product...oducts_id=4013

    There's no such reinforced aftermarket equivalent for the rear suspension, however.

    About front ARB bushings, you'll have to be careful the kind you choose, as they exist in two different shapes depending on the year (plus several different diameters) :

    http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showth...l-bar-bushings

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    Thanks for the heads up and the links

    Jim

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    Meyle also do uprated drop links for the rear axle ,just have a look on e bay there fairly common across all models .
    i have just got a set for my signum .but have not got around to fitting them yet.
    Driving vauxhall,s for 30 + years
    and still loving it

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    I did have a look on ebay at meyle droplinks. Trouble is the sellers wont post up here. Apperently i live on mars or something
    Ive been raking round the net for somewhere else thatll supply them.

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    On the offchance im wondering if anyone has had standard, vxr and poly antiroll bar bushes fitted to their car and what they thought the differences were. Ive thought about upgrading the antiroll bar itslef but dont know if there are big differences between them
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobssignum View Post
    Meyle also do uprated drop links for the rear axle
    Really? Got a link? I'd be interested. I have the ARB bushes to do too and am also wondering about polyurethane replacements. Anyone tried them? Much better? Or should I stick cheap and cheerful rubber ones in for now and realise that they won't last forever? Opinions please! Paul
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