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    Got a dumb question.....

    Now that I have the spring powder coated I obviously want to put it back but there is no obvious marks etc as to whether there is any particular way it goes - is there such a thing as a top or bottom as I cant tell.

    (I only ask as when I was reading through some of the service invoices many moons ago I'm sure I read something about the springs being fitted upside down???!!! - was that the garage having a laugh or am I missing something??)


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    Look what arrived in the post - 1 day early! :-) So from ordering to delivery has taken 6 days which is excellent considering it's from the USA, Maseratisource is the seller on eBay and I did check on Ferrarichat first and they seem to be "approved"

    There are a couple of notable differences between these and the ones you get from eurospares etc. and that's the inner collar doesn't have the sides cur back which would aid removal so whoever replaces these in 30 years time will have to do my hacksaw trick! LOL

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    The other main differences is they have what almost looks like a thread on it - don't reckon these are going to be easy to remove!!!!

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    First thing I did was clean any excess powder coat overspray etc. out of the inside of the arm - want to give myself at least a sporting chance!

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    I'm using copperease as the lubricant/anti corrosion for the bush housing.


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    Using an impact socket on one side that just fits over the shoulder and the shocker washer on the other you can push the bush in 95% of the way. The bush actually extends out the other side too so you can't do it all the way but I like to keep things as wobbly as possible!

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    Most probably not the best set up but I just put the vice on its side when it's time to smack the handle round with the hammer.

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    As mentioned - the bush sticks out beyond the arm on both sides so there is only so far you can push the bush in the advice without putting something on the other side to capture the protruding bush. In the past I have used another socket but Nick kindly sent me a "tool" which consists of a piece of tube which is slightly bigger than the thin end of the bush and approx. same size as the arm hole. It has a bolt welded on to centralise it.

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    Home and dry - you hear a change in tone once the bush is home - don't keep pressing as you'll start to bend the shoulder. Not done it this time but IIRC I did slightly when I did the back one and had to push it back.


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    Here's a video of me putting the other bush in to give you an idea of what's involved and yes I know my vice should be on a bench! LOL

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUg89OOH0N0


    Just prior to above I gently pushed the bush in the end just to get it started on its way - notice there is no socket or anything as I want the least wobbly as possible. It was literally just to get it started so it didn't keep falling out. Don't try push it any further as the rubber between the 2 washers will just deform - its just to get you off to a good start.


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    And done. Mocked up with my nice new balljoint :-) Really looking forward to putting it all back together.

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    Video of the lower arm bush being done with a bit of commentary this time. Look out Steven Spielberg!!! LOL ;-')

    https://youtu.be/2RFexEIdBvo

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    Jeff it would be so much easier to work on a bench with the vice bolted to it. I would get one put on your Christmas list , and just tell the misses its required for some jobs around the house ........... Jane hasnt queried or even asked what the lathe and milling machine are for, after I said they were both required to make special tools to fit a kitchen

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    I know, I know! :-(

    I actually do have a bench which is an old office desk but TBH I think if I bolted my vice do it and started smacking it about I think my desk lid may come off!!! This way you cant really argue with a concrete floor :-)

    Video was really to show it can be done with very basic tools rather than having to take them to a garage/buy a press. If it wasn't for the faffing about trying to film it etc I can actually do it in half the time shown in video.

    Point taken though...I'll get my coat LOL

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    An finally the last bush goes in. Used a slightly different method that doesn't require as much use of the hammer.


    https://youtu.be/td_FCHFtkT0

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    My stainless steel disc arrived today so test fitted it to frunk - perfect :-)

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    I'm still a bit curious how it fits though...I'm guessing its stuck on the inside using something like seem sealer? Does anyone know/have any photos please????


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    To make it match everywhere else I decided to coat it with truck bed liner.

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    Still drying but you get the picture.

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    I used Sikaflex sealant to seal the round plate down

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    Applied quite a generous dose!

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    Pressing it down held it firmly in place

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    With a gloved finger dipped in water I just smoothed out the edges as best as I could

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    And inside too

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    I didn't realize at first but there is a drain just behind the round plate so had to unblock that of the sealant

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    Once it dried overnight I gave it a coat of truck be liner to blend it in

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    Same again n the inside so hopefully this shouldn't rust ever again :-) The cardboard is just a shield to prevent overspray.

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