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    I changed my front anti-roll bar bushes at the weekend, which got rid of the crunching noise when going over speedbumps, and seems to have taken away the slight waywardness that had developed in the handling of late.

    Having read the How2, I'd seen a mention of the usefulness of buying an E12 ring spanner to undo the bracket that holds the bush in place, so I bought one from eBay for £6 inclusive. My tip, (after trying to use it), is don't bother buying one. A Torx bolt has 6 "teeth" on it, so when you fit the ring spanner on it and turn it, you need to move it 60 degrees so you can then remove the spanner and refit it, ready to turn it again. The problem is that access to the ARB bush is so limited that it isn't possible to turn the spanner 60 degrees. If you're having trouble visualising how big 60 degrees is, remember that 45 degrees is half a right angle.

    A normal ring spanner (10mm in this case) for a hex bolt, has 12 teeth, not 6, so you only have to turn it 30 degrees to use it effectively. This is what I used after the E12 spanner didn't work. As I also had a ratchet version of the 12 teeth ring spanner, I used that as well, to speed up the process a little, but it is only of use when the torque required to turn the bolt is greater than the torque required to turn the ratchet. When the bolt is quite loose, it won't turn the ratchet, so then it's back to the fixed, ring spanner.

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    My car makes exactly that noise, at the front only though. How much did this cost you mate? Without the tool purchases.

    Cheers, Danny.

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    With Vx Trade Club, about a fiver, so call it £7 retail.

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    Is that each side?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nikroc View Post
    Is that each side?

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    put an extra £20 to that and you can get a set from halfords

    Quote Originally Posted by nikroc View Post
    Is that each side?
    i paid just over £5 for the 2 from vx

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    So thats what the crunching noise is!Gonna get this done at the weekend

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    when i had this on my vectra it ****ed me off when i changed the bushes and went for a drive to see if it had sorted it the feeling was amazing knowin that it was crunch free lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by nikroc View Post
    Is that each side?
    Nope, that's total.

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