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#1 ajt

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 04:58 PM

Had MOT last Friday, passed with an advisory:

"Offside Front suspension has slight play in a lower suspension ball joint"

So I thought I would just go ahead and replace the ball joint. Two hours saturday morning, job done (took so long as the original is rivetted on). Whilst doing the job I ended up taking the wishbone off, and noted the rear bush was actual split. I think if this had been spotted it would have been a failure, so got lucky there.

I want to replace the wishbone, and should probably do both sides at the same time. I was quoted £75 +vat per side at my local motorfactors, but spotted these on ebay

http://www.ebay.co.u...=item4cfc1a25f1

Half the price! The guy has 100% and over 84000 sales!

My question is "Has anybody on here purchased these and can give any idea of build quality".

I already understand "You get what you pay for", but there is also "A fool and his money are easily parted".

So I am only after peoples real life experience, thanks.

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 05:19 PM

i would go with the ebay ones as he has got good feed back
and i would fit them my self and save some money

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 05:24 PM

That was exactly my thinking, and diying it is not a problem. In a perverse way I like to work on my car!

I was just hoping someone on here has used these ones, and any real life feedback on the quality, but as you say and I pointed out 84000 people can't be wrong! If I don't hear anything to disuade me I shall probably be ordering tomorrow. Thats next weekends project sorted. I'll take of the newly fitted ball joint and put it somewhere safe.

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 05:29 PM

The only thing i find with these aftermarket parts is the bushes dont tend to be as good quality as the originals and tend to fail sooner as a result.

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 05:46 PM

I Agree with stef i changed my old mk1 and the quality of the bushes was evident and the ebay ones just werent as good so i returned them and got oem parts

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 05:59 PM

The £75 + vat for one from motor factor was not oem either, dread to think what oem would be.

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 06:54 PM

Ide be tempted to buy the ebay ones but buy polybushes and replace them or just get the ebay stuff then smear the face of the bush with good grease to help stop it cracking they will still do you a few years all comes down to cash flow

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 08:59 PM

I had the same situation - bought TRW bushes, changed them and all is fine. Those cheap suspension parts don't last long, waste of money unless you want to sell the car soon.

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 09:11 PM

I had the same situation - bought TRW bushes, changed them and all is fine. Those cheap suspension parts don't last long, waste of money unless you want to sell the car soon.


I have been thinking about changing the trailing bushes, but was put of by something I read about needing special equipment, spacers etc, presses etc to get them back in the right position. Did the bushes you used replace the ones as in the link I posted, and if so how did you do it? Been googling bush replacement, but not got anything definitive.

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 09:27 PM

the arms are very easy to bend so it depends you can get poly bushes for the rear but the rear suspension needs dropped if the suspension bolts are ceased my mk1 was and i had to take it to ford 240 quid with me supplying the bushes that involved dropping the whole rear end down then refitting the bushes doing the tracking etc thats better than the 500 an independant wanted to do the same job it was easier just buying the arm complete with bush even ford dont like doing just the bush

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 09:45 PM

I have been thinking about changing the trailing bushes, but was put of by something I read about needing special equipment, spacers etc, presses etc to get them back in the right position. Did the bushes you used replace the ones as in the link I posted, and if so how did you do it? Been googling bush replacement, but not got anything definitive.


The link you posted was with whole wishbones as far as I can see. I decided to change wishbone rear (trailing?) bushes because it was much cheaper than good quality wishbone. TRW does a lot of oem parts, so no risk.

Special equipment would speed up the job, but I do not have any. First I got rid of the rubber and outside part of the bush by putting it into fire. All that has left was metal muff, carefully removed with hammer and few simple tools. Then position new bush properly and put it into place - again hammer was very helpful. All straight, there was no problem to do the tracking / wheel alignment.

Unfo my technical vocabulary is poor so please excuse possible mistakes.

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 09:53 PM

All that has left was metal muff, carefully removed with hummer and few simple tools. Then position new bush properly and put it into place - again hummer was very helpful.


You needed a large american army jeep to remove them?
Blooming strong bushes. :P
Careful about mentioning bushes and muff in the same post too.
You'll be giving people ideas. :lol:
Sorry, couldn't resist... again :blink:

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 10:19 PM

Thanks for the advice/opinions guys, I really do appreciate it (love this forum, the way people like to share).

Just to clarify the bush I am talking about is the front lower suspension arm, rear/trailing bush, just like the one shown in the ebay link. My choices seem to be

1. Replace just the bush.
Pros: Overall potentially the chepest solution, and giving perhaps longer life than an after market complete suspension arm.
Cons: Removing the old bush and putting the new one on in exactly the same rotational angle as the original, also getting it pushed on exactly the same distance as the original. Not sure I would ever be happy that I had got it spot on. Cant find any guides on the net for these bushes (they are different to the MK1).

2. Get the cheap arms I linked to in OP
Pros: Assume geometry is correct, relatively simple to do (I have already had one arm off to do the ball joint). Could then try to get the originals refurbished with new bushes at my leisure, waiting in the wings for the cheaper ones to fail.
Cons: Might be a ripoff and they fail catastrophically going 69.9mph in the outside overtaking lane ( :) ) of the motorway, if they last 40,000 miles then I would still be happy.

3. Get a quote from dealer/independent
Pros: Cant thinks of any
Cons: Where's the fun in that, and I would not gain the knowledge or satisfaction of doing something myself.

I think I have convinced myself to go with option 2, and get the complete arms (keeping the old ones in reserve).

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 10:21 PM

Quote "metal muff" = brillo pad? Ouch.

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 10:44 PM

You needed a large american army jeep to remove them?
Blooming strong bushes. :P


Sorry, my mistake, funny indeed. Will correct it immediately.

Careful about mentioning bushes and muff in the same post too.
You'll be giving people ideas. :lol:
Sorry, couldn't resist... again :blink:


Quote "metal muff" = brillo pad? Ouch.


<_< Sorry, but I do not understand. I know my English is far away from perfect so I will refrain from posting :unsure:




Aaaaa....... no, you will not get rid of me so easily :P :D

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