front end bushes

Discussion in 'T3 & T4 Tech Help Clinic' started by 90rusty, Sep 12, 2017.

  1. 90rusty

    90rusty Member

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    hi all
    im wanting to redo al the bushes in my front end is there a place that sells a complete kit ?
    if so where ?
    while I'm at it i will do ball joints and tie rod ends

    thanks shane
     
  2. Luckyphil

    Luckyphil Well-Known Member

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    Bushes from Van cafe but Justkampers sell good ball joints etc.
     
  3. t3 Ed

    t3 Ed Member

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    I think the poly ones from T3 technique are worth the extra coin. Christopher is helpful & easy to deal with as well.
     
  4. nils

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    Doing that very job on the syncro right now,

    Got my kit though the VanCafe, all parts are Vw or german at least. I went with the poly Lower control arm bushes for ease of install.
     
  5. 90rusty

    90rusty Member

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    how is it going ?
    is there any info you could share to make things go smoothly
    I'm going to start when i get back from old bar
     
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  7. David H

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    Why is that Mellow? The last w/a old boy got the guy didn't have a spanner big enough to turn/loosen the ball joint which I found very odd:rolleyes: for a w/a place???? Did 'toe' only which fixed it o_O. Tread wear to show but at least it drives straight with hands off wheel :).
    Cheers
     
  8. Grantus

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    Wheel alignments for a T3 are not as easy as a bay.....:(

    I use a place in walking distant from my T3 technician, so he can advise on the proper way to do it.
     
  9. David H

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    Why? What's different?
    Best w/a's done were by a mate of mine for 10 yrs in the 80's.
    Cheers
     
  10. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    There's a third dimension to the T3 adjustment, that's detailed in the Bentley....(which I don't take everywhere I travel), and not many tyre places that do wheel alignments are aware of, so perhaps someone more savvy than me can explain further .....o_O
     
  11. nils

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    Caster is not adjustable on a T2
     
  12. nils

    nils Well-Known Member

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    I can tell you doing a 2WD is a cake walk compared to a syncro, got it all together in under a day. $yncro I am 2 days deep and almost done.
    Hopefully finish and do the wheel alignment tomorrow so that I can go camping on the weekend ;)
     
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  13. nils

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    Oh....!
    And remember, just a quick tac weld and cool off as quick as possible for the upper arm bushes, otherwise your bushes will be toast really fast.
    The powerflex and gowesty ones arr good becausr you can disassemble them for welding
     
  14. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Nils,
    That explains why it took so many years to get a good wheel aligner:p. Surely rotating ball joint by small fore/aft movement would change castor?? Help me understand pls.
    Cheers
     
  15. nils

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    DOH! You know what david you're right, I was thinking of the T1 shims nonsense.

    Mental note don't post after midnight :oops:
     
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  16. Barry

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    Tyresmart at Mortlake
     
  17. Luckyphil

    Luckyphil Well-Known Member

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    Take the Bentley specs page with you, worked for me.
     
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  18. Dapom

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    Yep that's what I did too. My tyre guy loaded the specs as per that and results were good. Do need to elongate the adjustment holes at the back to get that better though due to the lowering springs :)
     
  19. nils

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    Well I can confirm, doing the front end bushes sure makes for a nicer car to drive. I think I have half the amount of rattles now and no longer have to cringe when I hit a pot hole.
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  20. 90rusty

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    looking forward to getting into it after old bar and some other jobs that need doing
     

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