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As part of the restoration of my 87 Targa, I need to replace a lower wishbone (MOT issue) and I thought at the same time I might as well give the front suspension and overhaul. I'm thinking:-

Replace wishbone
Install Turbo Tie Rods
New Ball joints both sides
New Bilstein Inserts
Powerflex bushes, Wishbones, ARB and Strut Top Mount.
New flexible Brake hoses 
Struts and remaining Wishbone powder coated.
Wheel Bearings if needed.

Is there anything anybody else would do at the same time?
Is it worth removing the crossmember and getting that powder coated as well?





 

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17 minutes ago, TargaWayne said:

Is it worth removing the crossmember and getting that powder coated as well?

This bit?

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I'd not get it powdercoated tbh, it will just corrode underneath and flake off in big chunks.

You could get it vapor blasted...

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Edited to add a before pic:

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Once all the bolts are out, torsion cap removerd, anti-roll bar off, etc.  should the front control arm just pull out towards the front of the car? Mine seems stuck and I'm worried about bending the crossmember.

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I dropped my Bottom Arms a few weeks back, they are a snug fit in the crossmember. With a 50cm angled wrecking bar, I levered them out without much bother.

You will have good access from the open side of the Crossmember. 

AT

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On 31/03/2021 at 20:23, saab4249 said:

I dropped my Bottom Arms a few weeks back, they are a snug fit in the crossmember. With a 50cm angled wrecking bar, I levered them out without much bother.

You will have good access from the open side of the Crossmember. 

AT

Only just seen your post, but did the same thing earlier today. A wrecking bar for leverage and then just wiggle them out, with a trolley jack underneath the cross member just to stop it flexing.   

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You can also take the crossmember out before the A arms.   Just remove the ride height adjusters and tap in backwards. 

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