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  1. Sure, here it is Just looking in the Haynes, and mine doesn't look a lot different way it's seated?
  2. Hey. So finally got round to this, and was a horrible job due to seized bolts like nearly every blasted bolt on this car. As suspected, the shock was lamped, zero resistance left in it. Reassembled everything, but I'm not 100% thrilled with how the shock is seated, as looks like its not in all the way? The strut has a 'hook' on the back the slots into back of the knuckle, but when the strut is pushed all the way down, the hook moves away from the pinch bolt hole, so only way to get the hook to line up with the pinch bolt is push the strut back up again, so all the grooved bottom of the strut isn't in the knuckle. Maybe this is fine as when the bolt is in, the strut can't escape, so the bolt/hook connection is doing its job. Anyone encountered this? Struts are aftermarket so maybe it's fine and that grooved bit that slots into the knuckle is bigger than OEM? Taken it for a spin and it rides fine and has finally cured by wobbling Focus that had me baffled for months (thought could feel it pulling to the right tho, new strut is on the passenger side, but this might be in my head) so hoping for some reassurance! Pics below
  3. Cheers guys. The 1382597 one looks to be the one. Gonna get the copper grease on it like I've done with all the new bolts I've had to put in her
  4. That looks like it. Hope someone can confirm before I buy. Cheers buddy
  5. I don't think it's that one buddy, as it has an extra washer on that mine doesn't. Here's mine from the Haines
  6. Hi. Does anyone have the finis number for the pinch bolt on the front strut? Finally got round to changing the front strut and shock but surprise surprise the bolt appears to be seized in and started rounding off. I think Ford recommend replacing it with new anyway, so hoping someone can help me out! Tried looking on the bay but surprising difficult to find.
  7. Cool. I'm actually not going to change the wishbones for at least another 12 months. I may have to change the rear sub frame, so makes sense to do it then if I do it then. Thanks for looking for those bolts tho
  8. Wishbones on this car go by many names! Do you mean the arms the rear springs seat into, are the carrier arms which has the b*stard bushes that can't be removed unless you disassemble the whole rear suspension and use a special removal tool?
  9. Possibly mate if you can guarantee they are the right ones and how much. I'm sure the bolts will be obtainable from motoring shops as I've done before, but always prefer OEM
  10. Almost! These are the lower arm bolts, and it's the upper I'm doing. Assuming they are different bolts
  11. Hi. Anybody know what bolts I will need for the Upper Control Arms (the curved ones) on the rears? Due to change these but my arms didn't come with bolts, and I just know they will be rusted and seized like the lowers were, thus having to grind them out. Fleabay isnt resulting in them from searching so size etc would be great, cheers.
  12. Damn! Did you change this yourself? Assembly arrived from Germany this week so will tackle this soon! Going to be doing Rear Upper Control too
  13. Thanks guys, really helpful. Good shout on changing the mount too, I will. MOT station was a bit pedantic to be honest, flagged up the clipping of the brake pipes (which have been fine at last 2 Mot's elsewhere) and failed on a broken rear spring. Much have been hairline fracture as that bloomin spring fought to the death coming out! So yea, but I've had a terrible wobble going over bumps that I'm hoping this dodgy shock is behind, as I have essentially rebuilt the rear suspension where I thought the wobble was coming from.
  14. Hey, so my MK1.5 received an advisory on last month's MOT for a ineffective front shock absorber. I'm hoping to change this over the Xmas period, but looking for advice hopefully! I've done the rears and the spring and struts are separate. The front are coil overs and to buy a replacement set (strut with spring already attached) are very expensive compared to buying the struts and springs sesperate. 2 questions really - 1. Is assembling them difficult, and does anyone have any guidance? I'm pretty handy with a spring compressor but my Haynes only instructs to replace the whole assembly with an already assembled unit. 2. I have a spring left from one of the rears, are the springs on the front the same as the rear? Hoping to use that one for time being Thanks in advance for any help!
  15. Good to hear. I also have a 16 year old silver fox which also failed its MOT on a fractured rear spring and a missing heat shield. Done the jobs today and she's back in for her retest on Tuesday. Including MOT and cost of parts, £150 all in. Its better the devil you know sometimes and I've spent a fortune on her this year this rebuilding the A/C, new brakes all around, 80% suspension overall and other jobs.