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Hi all got the front end off the car at the moment sorting out all the rusty bits.

Is it a good idea to replace cross member bushes and the front engine mount? Not planning on changing the other mounts at the moment, also any thing else service wise I should look at while having access. Thanks

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I've got Powerflex in mine and probably wouldn't bother again. They were a bugger to fit but don't feel harsh at all like some people have claimed

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If anyone has done this with the original rubber ones (or any!) how did you get them in?!

All I read about it is that it's an absolute arse - been trying to compress them, or pull them with a bolt in but no luck. It either slips to one side and so won't go in, or, if it is lined up straight, because the tapered end is bigger than the hole it just sits around the outside getting bigger the more it compresses. Plenty silicon lubricant applied but still nothing. 

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They're an absolute arse to get in! I had to use a load of silicon grease, and I managed to get them in by using a large long screwdriver through the hole (ooh err), with the handle at the bottom and sort of pulled them in. Took a lot of force and rocking/going around in circles whilst pulling but they eventually slipped in. 😉

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1 hour ago, oneohtwo said:

If anyone has done this with the original rubber ones (or any!) how did you get them in?!

All I read about it is that it's an absolute arse - been trying to compress them, or pull them with a bolt in but no luck. It either slips to one side and so won't go in, or, if it is lined up straight, because the tapered end is bigger than the hole it just sits around the outside getting bigger the more it compresses. Plenty silicon lubricant applied but still nothing. 

Hello there,

I did mine a few years ago and used an old cylinder head bolt I had laying around, plus a couple of large washers, a nut, and a very large socket to spread the weight but mainly to pull the old bushes into.  The new OEM bushes I sprayed a little with WD40 and small amount of EP grease, and they pulled into place without any real hassle. The only other thing I used to assist me was a medium sized flat ended screw driver, simply to aid fitment by pushing slightly on the side that was starting to tilt, that's about it really.

Photos below when I fitted mine.

 

Hope this helps

Si

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Ta, problem was I didn't have a socket big enough to fit over the hole - otherwise that method looks a lot simpler! Managed to rig something up with some offcuts of wood lying around:

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Which is a bit Heath Robinson, but it did the job with a bit of wrestling.

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which bushes did you get oneohtwo? 

On another point, has anyone noticed any difference (better or worse) with PU bushes?

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The were the Febi ones, rubber as a straight replacement for the originals. got them from Murray's Direct on ebay- Keyo has recommended him before, and does seem to get a fair bit of decent quality Corrado bits in.

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6 hours ago, oneohtwo said:

Ta, problem was I didn't have a socket big enough to fit over the hole - otherwise that method looks a lot simpler! Managed to rig something up with some offcuts of wood lying around:

y4mOGuWz08_nz8axSyA9yHCTvQqyc4GIZgzLtdkv

Which is a bit Heath Robinson, but it did the job with a bit of wrestling.

Oh fair play you've got them in 👍   Yeah they can be a bit of a turd to fit,  the trick really is to use a load of lubrication it makes fitting most bushes a lot easier. 

Si 

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2 hours ago, Dox said:

I wonder if you could do it like windscreen rubbers with string?

Tug of war 😆   Seriously though Dox it might work never tried it myself.

Si 

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