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I am trying to replace the spring plate bushes but having nothing but trouble. The bottom through bolts that attach the plate to the Swing arm are seized solid, I have managed to remove the nuts but the bolts are solid in the alloy arms and won’t budge.

I have tried heat but afraid of putting to much into them for fear of melting the alloy. Any suggestions please?

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(Testing the memory banks): heat, heat, heat, Shock & Unlock (freezing spray) and a lump hammer.  I think that's what did it.

Heat gun, not welding torch!

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On 4/8/2020 at 7:24 PM, Brads said:

I am trying to replace the spring plate bushes but having nothing but trouble. The bottom through bolts that attach the plate to the Swing arm are seized solid, I have managed to remove the nuts but the bolts are solid in the alloy arms and won’t budge.

I have tried heat but afraid of putting to much into them for fear of melting the alloy. Any suggestions please?

Have you removed the "stop" bolt, then lowered the trailing arm fully?

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Stop bolt removed & arm fully lowered, I will give it another go today. Already applied heat until the threads were glowing red but worried that if I get to close I will melt the alloy.

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Just back to penetrating fluid- that’s not general WD40 but a proper penetrating fluid?  It’s much thinner and will get into any micro gaps.  

 

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Is the suspension free of all load and tension?

Put the nuts back 3/4 of the way and tap the nut. 

Spring plate bushes can be quite challenging. Getting the spring plate free from the car, then removing the torsion bar from the spring plate is when the real fun starts.

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Removing the old bushes from the spring plates is fun! Enjoy.

If you want a set of neoprene bushes (lots of debate here about rubber Vs Neoprene) I have a spare set in the garage ready to go.

Chris.

 

 

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This is good stuff, we stock it but every ECP should have it, made by Wurth and rebadged

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