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    At least it's not your daily... so.you can take your time

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    Quote Originally Posted by northpole View Post
    At least it's not your daily... so.you can take your time
    True. However this has been the problem as well. If I didn’t have other things to drive I wouldn’t be in this position and would have got the car up and running quicker. Up until the dreaded double MOT failure of last year this car was my daily. Need to try and get the MOT done so I can get back to using the car. The drive to work and back is so boring in the Astra Tourer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fastcabs View Post
    True. However this has been the problem as well. If I didn’t have other things to drive I wouldn’t be in this position and would have got the car up and running quicker. Up until the dreaded double MOT failure of last year this car was my daily. Need to try and get the MOT done so I can get back to using the car. The drive to work and back is so boring in the Astra Tourer.
    LOL luxury problem... just act like NIKE and just do it that said i know from experience the vectra likes to throw curve balls and something that should be simple takes forever ( like changing an alternator and no it still isn't funny lol)

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    Well after changing my mind and having another go I eventually managed to remove the sway bar. Bit awkward but thanks to @Tom2811 for some advice. Much appreciated.

    As long as items are removed and installed in the correct order it makes things a little bit easier…

    New arm fitted. Need to wait a week or so for some bolts etc from Vauxhall. Almost £60 for 4 bolts, 4 nuts and 4 washers. Honestly. Almost getting to Audi prices!!! Some of the prices on eBay were even higher with some seller trying to charge almost £30 for 1 bolt.

    Pic of the 3 ‘legged’ Vectra
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    and some of the new arm. Managed to get the bolts from Lemforder (through Autodoc website). They were slightly cheaper than Vauxhall. The old arm looks not too bad so I’ll hang on to it in case I decide to get powerflex bushes for it.

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    4hrs to cut out the seized bolt. Arghh.

    At least it’s done now.

    New plan is to forget about part refurbishment just now and just concentrate on getting the MOT done.

    Maybe next summer I’ll just drop the whole subframe and restore everything at the back. Want to get the new turbo and FMIC fitted this summer.

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    Stuff like this will probably be replaced…...eventually of course.

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    This is what I had to resort to when I couldn’t get any closer with the grinder. 2hrs of painstakingly slow and bl**dy painful sawing by hand. Also the reason I’m not wanting to do the other side.

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    You can see how solid the bolt was. New one was well greased before putting it in.

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    The remains of an arm. Mmmwooahahaha

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