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GT6 front damper - lower bush replacement


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no you dont need a spring clamp. 

take the lower through bolt out and undo the 3 nuts on the top of the turret and the whole shocker and coil sping comes out as an assembly you dont have to touch the spring   you only need a clamp if you intend to remove or check the top bushes on the shocker spindle.

as these hold the spring in compression ,,,  if you just undo the  shocker spindle nuts then you need a clamp or its

............ BOING !!!!   and a trip to A & E

Pete

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3 hours ago, daverclasper said:

 suspension bushes can look knackered, though still be good on the inside and last for years like this.

Just like me!!

Alternatively, bushes can look good, but the rubber softens and deteriorates so there's a lot more movement than was originally intended. 

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I guess in the old days before MOTs if they looked knackered they would be failed. Even post-MOT I wouldn’t want to be driving around in a car that previously would have been considered unsafe. You would have a hard time proving the  bushes  are actually sound if they look perished on the outside.

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Not sure how you check suspension bushes (on Vitesse).

Is it jack up, so a gap between tyre and ground and lift/lever the suspension with crowbar etc (my Mot tester showed me trunnion play this way) and this shows any play in all the bushes?. 

Or is it suspension on droop and try to lever individual bushes against something solid near by,  to detect play?.

Never found good info on this anywhere, so any advice this great please.

Thanks, Dave

       

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I look for side play in the trunnions by pulling on the wheel when off the ground (up and down not so important as my wheels are not often airborne when driving😩) and a large screwdriver to lever with for rubber bushes.

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No I find that tends to lift the car off the axle stands so with the wheel off the ground I just get the screwdriver between the wishbone and fixing bracket to lever the wishbone around to see if it's excessively easy to move.

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