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S2 Upper Wishbone Bush Replacement Help


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Hi all,

Replacing the bushes on my front suspension but currently stumped with the rubber bush on the upper wishbone. Not the one with the metal sleeve. The rubber is wider than the hole.

Anyone have a tip on how to fit it? I have a vice and press for assistance if required.

Cheers,

Pete

Pete '79 S2

LEW Miss September 2009

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Not a clue about S2, but a special tool is available for the Stevens cars.

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Probably not applicable here, so come on S2 guys, member in need of assistance.

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Well Pete, I deemed these upper arm bushes unlikely to perish over the miles typically feasible with a Lotus, further taking into account the lighter load as compared to the Opel saloon front end weight. That said they are becoming thoroughly aged by now. Noodling around the Black Forest amusing the missus for a time yet, back home on the desktop have bookmarked a vendor specialising in retro Opel spares so would gladly post it in 3 weeks or so.

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Pete, does your car have the early lower TCA' s with integral OEM Opel bush? Lotus did an upgrade welding in a steel sleeve to take the Metalastic replaceable type at some point and these are likely to offer superior feedback, essential in my view.

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Thanks Steve @drdoom.

I managed to get it  sorted with the help of a special tool I made up but those prices are much cheaper than the UK suppliers so will likely buy from there in the future. I sought advice from SJ Sportcars and they said it's just a bugger of a job.

Pete

Pete '79 S2

LEW Miss September 2009

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I used the outer sleeve of the opposite bush with the metal sleeve. You have to cut it to remove so I put a jubilee clip around to stop it expanding with the pressure of the rubber bush. In hindsight I should have cut the sleeve in half so that it could be more easily removed once the jubilee clip was undone as the bush was locating. Plus lashings of washing up liquid and it went in surprisingly easily.

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Pete '79 S2

LEW Miss September 2009

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