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Worlds oldest wishbones?

I've just done the top arms on my 147 at the weekend, was surprised to see that they were the original factory one's with a 2001 production date on them.

So that's 104000 miles on them, not bad considering they're widely regarded as a weak point? Lots of play in the bushes and ball joints but they were sound till about 95k, can't believe what a difference it's made to the car, all that knocking and creaking has gone and pin-sharp steering is back.

Incidently it was a pretty easy job, nothing seized in place! I've replaced them with a pair of "Truepart" copies from the local motor factor and carefully knocked out the bushes and greased them with "red rubber grease" before fitting (5 a tin from a place on Valley Street Darlo, if you're after any). Only time will tell how long the new ones will last but if I have any problems I'll give an update.

Incidently if you're thinking of having a go yourself I'd say do it, unless you're a complete mechanical illiterate just follow the excelent "how to" guide on the Alfa Workshop website! Took me about 3 hours in total done on the driveway.


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Done 230,000 miles on mine and still going strong if a tiny bit creaky!

Same engine, gearbox, clutch and exhaust, sure some record in an Alfa?
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Just paid John at LMC to do the n/s bottom ones: Bonelli did the uppers last year. John was a third cheaper - often best to stick with your regular. So thanks to John for taking on the Alfa and investigating the creak, rattle and groans and fixing and resetting tracking...As well as getting the Vectra through it's MOT the week before Xmas.
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Originally Posted by KNIEVEL77 View Post

Done 230,000 miles on mine and still going strong if a tiny bit creaky!

Same engine, gearbox, clutch and exhaust, sure some record in an Alfa?
nice one. Do you push it hard every now and then? Very impressed.
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