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    Default Rear ARB complete removal

    As I'm sick of the knocking and clonking coming from the back of the car, I've ordered some new GM rear ARB drop links, some of the Meile (sp?) HD front drop links, and as apparently (although I'm going to check this myself), I have a 19mm rear ARB on my car according to the VIN and the computer at the dealer, I'll probably be ordering some of the powerflex rear ARB bushes to complete the work.

    Being that the only things that hold the ARB to the car are the two T50 torx bolts on the drop links and the four bolts that hold the ARB bush carriers to the axle, would it not be easier to just remove these 6 bolts, remove the whole ARB itself with the drop links attached and remove/refit the new drop links on a bench with a vice, rather than struggle under the car to get them to pop back on?

    Then, while it's loose - put the new ARB bushes on, bolt them up to the car, reattach the T50s to the struts and off we go?

    Or, as I have a horrible suspicion - is the ARB impossible to remove without lowering the complete axle assembly from the car?

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    i dropped the lot just seemed easier to get at everything the arb rubbers are fairly straight forward but i was changing the banana arms too so was easy with it all sat on the floor.... if its jusr arb rubbers leave it on

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    Cheers mate, I've just been out to check the size and after looking at all the extra junk in the way of the ARB, it's staying fitted and I'll just work around it the normal way!

    Also, surprisingly enough the computer at the dealers was absolutely right! The spanner test confirms that the ARB is 19mm on my car (06 Facelift 150 SRI CDTI in case anyone wonders)

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    they are suprisingly easy to do undo the nut slide the old out new one in then jack up under neath cos otherwise its hard to close the piece back over the rubber.... i think the size is actually on the rubbers if ya look on the side

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    My old trolley jack is shagged, so I'll be buying a new one and some axle stands to do them with. I tried shining my torch through the spokes on the wheel but couldn't see the bush let alone the size on it lol!!

    It's cool tho, open end of the 18mm spanner didn't fit, 19mm one fitted like a glove so I've ordered the powerflex bushes and fingers crossed will get them done next weekend if all is good!

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