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Is this suspension bush easy to change?


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I was working on my car yesterday and noticed that this suspension bush at the left rear wheel was all chewed up (see photos). 
Question 1: Is it easy to change without springs and parts flying everywhere?

Question 2: What is this bush called so that I know which part to order?

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Technically a failure, but testers often miss these as even in that state they tend not to demonstrate excessive play.

That job's a particular challenging favourite of mine!  And it would be sensible to replace the lot of them - top/bottom, inner/outer - whilst there.  Don't even think of giving it to anywhere that hasn't done them before.

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1 hour ago, GreenGoddess said:

Holy moly!!! I'm pleased I asked. Looks like an absolute nightmare of a job!

In that case I will take it to a Lotus specialist.

I am guessing that it will also be an MOT failure, am I correct?

Nightmare or Dream is a matter of luck as to whether the split collar is seize into the carrier arm.

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Yeah, I'd bet the farm on it from that pic.  Plenty of patience and expletives...

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And if you're not doing it yourself, you may need to sell a major organ...

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The real issue stems from the lack of available spare rear hubs should you crack one trying to remove the stud and split spacer. Corrosion can weld the stud, bush and hub together and require very judicious methods of removal.

As others have said, only give the job to someone you absolutely trust.

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It's getting there......

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On 17/10/2022 at 23:24, TAR said:

As others have said, only give the job to someone you absolutely trust.

:) 

Which means: wait for @Sparky to have full vision again and is aching to get his hands dirty on an Esprit again. 😉

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I have made many mistakes in my life. Buying a multiple Lotus is not one of them.

 

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Ocular mayhem continues (will post about that elsewhere), but I may be back on the horse in a couple of weeks.  Of course there's a queue to deal with, and TBH apart from a couple of critical ones I'll be hanging up me spanners for the winter!  I do love that particular challenge though.

(Way too far south, anyhow)

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Replaced mine with a poly bush kit

cut the long stud either side of the link arm so that the aluminium hub could be supported when being pushed out on a hydraulic press.

2 new studs are a lot cheaper than 2 hubs

deffo an MOT fail , my s2 got advisories during an MOT because of excess movement in rear upper suspension arm rubber bushes .

s2’s don’t have them !!

 

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4 hours ago, omegaman said:

when I removed mine they just pulled out by hand. 

Probably been recently removed by previous owner, hope you smothered them in grease when you reassembled them. If not, I'd get them back out & do it soon :thumbup:

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Cheers,

John W

http://jonwatkins.co.uk

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On 29/10/2022 at 14:13, jonwat said:

Probably been recently removed by previous owner, hope you smothered them in grease when you reassembled them. If not, I'd get them back out & do it soon :thumbup:

The car hadn’t been touched in at least 30 years 😊

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27 minutes ago, omegaman said:

The car hadn’t been touched in at least 30 years 😊

Must have been very well greased when last assembled then :hrhr:

Cheers,

John W

http://jonwatkins.co.uk

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