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    Hi Terry thanks for that. I had noticed them, however mine are the earlier ATE calipers rather than Brembo. I did by a brembo kit in the hope that it would fit but sadly not :-(

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    Just about to rebuild my front suspension - already bought the upper and lower balljoints and now looking for a a set of bushes. Any recommendations??


    I notice there is a seller on eBay called MaseratiSource that seem cheaper than all the rest - anyone had any dealings with them? (only concern is they don't appear to have the flat on the collar that all teh others do).


    I'm in the UK so postage/duty may be an issue.


    Also considered the usual suspects ie eurospares, ferrariparts and superperformance but welcome suggestions.

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    I used superformance when I did mine.

    F***ing hateful job, so if you have a friendly garage that will press them in and out, PAY them to do it!

    The price difference between ferrariparts and superformance isn't that great, and if you are a FOC member ferrariparts will offer a discount if you ask; but might still be a few £ more! Personally I wouldn't use a company I'd not heard of before (You need that flat to be able to press the new bush in; they are very tight.) I'm told Eurospares gets their OEM parts from ferrariparts; so why not just go to the source?

    Also worth considering getting the arms powdercoated whist your there. Paint on them isn't that thick and gets nicely stoned chipped and as you know powder coating cost very little.

    Have fun!

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    Been busy disassembling the suspension...

    The outer lower ball joint bolt came out easily but the inner one need the car jacking up a bit to take the strain of it before it would come out.

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    I actually used the thinner lower bolt to drift out the inner thicker bolt (and hopefully not lose the shims).

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    When I did extract the thinner bolt I cupped my hand underneath to catch the shims so the 2 sides don't get mixed up.

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    I then attacked my lower ball joint with my extractor but to no avail :-(

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    Decided to move onto the top ball joint which is held in place with 2 bolts and nuts.

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    After a further attempt at the lower ball joint it finally cracked off - hoorah!!! The stub assembly could then be taken off the car to to try and remove the upper ball joint.

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    My ball joints have the castellated nut with a split pin but I couldn't for the life of me extract it out - grrr!!!

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    In the end I decided to cut off the 2 raised bits either side imagining I could get some pliers etc. on it and pull it through.

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    This plan failed so in the end I cut the head of the split pin off

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    It was then a case of using a breaker bar and a 19mm nut to turn it enough to brake the legs off the other end of the pin. Very awkward to do with ot being off the car but I had to take it off in order to get at the split pin - bit chicken and egg situation.

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    Finally off! :-)

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    Knocked my ball joint separator as far under the ball joint as it would go and then just would it up.

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    Always dread the finally "crack" so threw a towel over it to give myself a patheticaly low level of protection! LOL

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    Thing just wouldn't budge so loosened it all off and sprayed everything with release oil.

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    Was still not getting any joy so tried tapping the stub axle - no can do. Then I actually tapped the side of the balljoint and "BANG!". Thing flew off narrowly missing next door's cat and only stopped due to hitting a fence post. You can see the cat inspecting what had just missed him (circled).

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    To unbolt the shock absorber (topmount) from teh body you need to do it through the front boot. After moving the carpet to one side - on UK cars you have to undo the 2 nuts holding down the ABS ECU so it cant be moved to one side.

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    With teh ABS ECU moved out the way you can clearly see the 4 nuts that need to be undone.

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    Better pic of where I moved the ABS ECU too (still all connected)

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    Close up of the nuts.

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    I decided to undo the 2 lower down nuts as they were the most awkward to get at.

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    I had to use a wobble joint to access a couple of them because of surrounding pipework

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    And out comes the shocker/spring as one unit.

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    What’s the plan with the shocks?

    Ps when I did mine I put new spring pirchs on as the old ones had cracks; so worth checking/replacing

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    Will be doing the same as the back one I did ie strip everything down to its components/replace or repaint as needed. Powder coat the springs and arms and put new bushes in.

    Wont be regassing the shocks or anything though.

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    Now that the shock absorber/spring assembly was out the way its time to remove the top wishbone.

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    I was dreading doing this imagining that it would be very troublesome to get the bolts out but I was very pleasantly surprised. I just used a socket on one side and spanner on the other to crack them off which was surprisingly easy to do.

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    Once it was going I swapped over to a ratchet spanner to speed thigs up. Both nuts came off easily.

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    Once the nuts were off I just pressed the end of the bolt with my finger and moved the spanner backwards and forwards and they both just worked their way out.

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    Just a case of wriggling it out by hand then.


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    Gradually getting there - just got to get the lower arm off now.

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    Arb to lower control arm nut is 17mm

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    Bolt that runs through lower control arm is 19mm


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    Suddenly dawned on me that as long as I can disconnect the ARB to lower arm then I can get the arm off

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    My new (and hopefully genuine) upper and lower ball joints arrived today courtesy of Astone in Birmingham. £290 altogether for all 4.


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    That's all for today - feel tired now. Aim for tomorrow is to get the lower arm off and start on removing the bushes with a view to get them into the powder coaters on Friday.

    Still deciding where to buy the bushes from

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