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#16 Stoney871

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 10:56 PM

I do love a good sense of humour.
Anyone know where I can get one?
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Posted 28 February 2012 - 01:15 PM

Here is a picture of the damaged bush, sorry about quality, used a boroscope.

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and a couple of others

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 09:41 PM

I've just placed the order!

I'll let you know what they are like.

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 03:15 PM

I dont think the split bush is an MOT failure, from what i have always been led to believe it needs to be hanging out or causing excessive movement to fail.

have you gone for the ebay arms? it might be worth trying ford to see if they can get you bushes for the arms, i done this with a car in the past. bought arms from ebay and fitted genuine bushes (about a fiver each) to them

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 03:18 PM

the bushes will pass an mot but wont do the rear end handling any favours if they move too much youl find youreself going sideways round the roundabouts

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 04:11 PM

I don’t have any real life experiences of these ebay parts, but for what it’s worth, I did hear on the radio recently that a lot of cheap dodgy car parts were being imported from the far east, these were deemed to be unsafe to use, and should be avoided.

I hope the parts you have ordered are not part of this consignment, if you have any doubt return them for a refund; you and other peoples lives may depend on your car being safe.

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 04:23 PM

have you gone for the ebay arms? it might be worth trying ford to see if they can get you bushes for the arms, i done this with a car in the past. bought arms from ebay and fitted genuine bushes (about a fiver each) to them


I don't know how it looks in UK, but in Poland Ford does not offer bushes for wishbones. You can get only the whole wishbones.

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 12:54 AM

Well i just had new front rear upper bushes done under warranty thank god it was as yet again like the mk1 ford didnt use grease on the bolts so the drivers side had to get the spring cup cut off bolts drilled out and a whole new piece fitted along with the arms and bushes

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 09:29 AM

I fitted the new wishbones yesterday, and true to form not straight forward!

Firstly quality: I had no cause for concern, very sturdy contsruction, bushes looked fine. Don't know if I would recommend (because they have only been on the car hours). For the money I don't think you can go wrong. I think a lot of the ebay sellers are selling exactly the same quality at twice the cost (cheap!=crap as expensive!=good, but a lot of people think this subconciously (my self probably included)).

Secondly my own stupidity!
A week ago I replaced the lower ball joint on the off side arm, and this is when I found out my taper was 21mm. So I promptly ordered 18mm wishbones. Doh!
Had to go to motorfactor and pickup another ball joint and swap over.
Had tracking done for 35 quid yesterday afternoon (front and back checked, only front needed doing). Front was 30mm out, no surprise there. Car feels a lot firmer now. Very happy with results.

Cost:

Both front wishbones £74.95
Replacement lower joints(!) £30
Tracking £35

Total £149.95 (<-about the cost of one genuine ford arm, and take £30 quid off for my own stupid mistake, £120)

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 09:42 AM

Job's a good'un.

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 07:00 PM

Just thought I'd update, two years on and the arms are still going strong, just passed MOT (one advisory on NS Front Shock, slightly wet?)



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Posted 31 March 2014 - 08:10 PM

good work there dude, quality carnt be that bad then, 2 years and still strong.... mine were totally perished both fronts fitted at new i think, and only  5yrs old.....



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Posted 06 April 2014 - 04:44 PM

Just ordered these for mine

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 07:41 PM

Thanks for the update on this thread ajt. I am now in the same position. The front wishbone rear bushes have failed due to excessive play. I was going to replace just the bushes, but on closer inspection of the Haynes manual, it recommends that the replacement of bushes should be left to a ford dealer, as they need to be replace to specific settings using special spacers and tools. So I took them back to my motor factors for a refund and got a price for both wishbone arms (£149 plus the VAT). Not a bad price to be fair, but I've just had to fork out for 4 new tyres (£215), A Cambelt change, Service and MOT (£313 after a 25% discount voucher from Halfrauds Autocentre). So understandably I want to keep the remaining parts cost as low as possible.

 

Now, when changing the cam belt, the muppets at Halfrauds realised that they needed a tool to sort the timing out properly which they did not have (why they don't have this tool anyway I do not know), So they waited until 4.15 on a Saturday afternoon to tell me this news, bearing in mind they close at 4.30, so basically they can't do anything about it until Monday, and I'm left with no car, F*$@ing idiots!!!!

 

So I have the task now of sourcing new suspension arms as there is no way that I will give them anymore of my money. They even had the audacity to give me a price of £327, YES £327!!!!! to replace both arms, I just laughed and told them they're joking if I'm gonna pay that.

 

As Im sourcing these parts myself my question is, which balljoint diameter 18 or 21mm? I have a mk2 2005 1.6 petrol Titanium. Does anybody with the same car know which one to get? as I don't have my car to check. Cheers



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Posted 12 April 2014 - 08:02 PM

Where are you located?

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