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Rose Bushes!

Discussion in 'Vectra B Chat' started by colin33, Jun 27, 2018.

  1. colin33

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    Does anyone have any tips for removing these bushes? I'm using the correct tool which has been successful in the past, but these two don't want to come out! I've de-threaded two bars now!...
     
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    Have you tried using a blow torch?
     
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    Plastic explosives :D
     
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  4. colin33

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    I did. In the end I managed to bash out the centers and then had to hacksaw through the metal outers before some hammer and chisel action! They've probably been in there for 18 years. Got the other side to look forward to next, I hope the new ones last as well as these have....
     
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    Sounds like a similar mission I had when I did mine.
     
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    Did you keep the thread very well lubricated?

    You can always take the trailing arm off, but that brings its own problems, namely toe in.

    You can also try a bit of heat on the outside of the trailing arm and some cold spray on the bush itself.
     
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    In the end I did remove the trailing arm. In fact I removed the whole subframe, hubs, brake pies, everything! It's all been cleaned and painted, new brake hoses fitted, new bushes all round. I hope to get her back on the road at the end of the month so will probably need to take her somewhere for rear wheel alignment unless there's a way of doing this myself? I notice there's an 'eye loop' on each trailing arm mount, is this to aid realignment in any way?
     
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    Not sure really. I do know you should mark the position of the front of the arm if you take it off. All that Australian wheel alignment places will say is "you can't do any alignment on the rears mate!" Although I'm still not convinced, so I'll be eagerly watching on.
     
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    Yes, you should mark the position of the trailing arm before removal but no point in my case because I've stripped it all and repainted the arms and mounts with 2 pak. There's loads of adjustment to be had, I'll let you know how I get on when I take it in for laser alignment in a couple of weeks time :)
     
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    Let us know how you get on. Are there shimmy plates you can add for extra camber as well? Remember the old touring car set up using little discs to add extra camber and toe, etc.
     
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    I had bought the tool and mine wouldn't move, in the end I had to use a blow torch and knocked them through.
     
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    There is a mob that do this sort of thing. K-Mac?