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I have two wheels on my 95 164TS that are more mobile than they ought to be.
The fos has play at the top and the rns seems to have to much lateral movement. I have had the rear shocks and springs done a while back, the front has not been touched. It passed it's MOT fine but the work needs doing as the handling is a bit sloppy in certain curcumstances.

This begs the question, apart from the worn parts themselves, ball joint at the front etc. what should I be looking to have done whilst I'm at it? eg, should I get pairs of components on the front done at the same time? Should some components be replaced as a good idea?

This is a very general question I know. Just thought I'd ask before I get my mechanic to go over it and tell me exactly what needs to be done. Also should I source the spares from EB or just let the garage get them from the motor factors?

Your thoughts would be appreciated.
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Re: 164 Suspension Refresh

..suppose the a-arms is the big thing, and you're right it's probably better to do them in pairs if you can. i had them done recently enough in the tspark and even though the the ones on it seemed hardly worn the new arms made the car feel a lot fresher. you can get patern a-arms too that are a LOT cheaper than the alfa arms..

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If it was me and no work had been done on suspension bushes in say last 30k miles I would consider replacing the A Arm bushes and the balljoints for sure, also the anti-roll bar bushes. The A Arms can be purchased from EB I believe with standard bushes already fitted or with Superflex or similar. I have the red superflex and whilst it improves general handling you do sacrifice comfort... unless you want a hard ride I suggest you go for standard. No real benefit to using Superflex on antirollbar apart from the fact they are slightly less compliant than standard and they might last a bit longer.

Balljoints also available through EB.

For rear, the trailing arms are probably shot (or the bushes in them) and possible the hub bush, you also have control arms (both a fixed set and and adjustable set) which are commonly bent by dumbass mechanics and tyre garages who use the rear subframe for a jacking point. Replacing all of that lot will transform your car and give you tens of thousands of worry free and happy motoring.

EB should also be able to supply rear components no problem.

As for price I would get a quote from EB for everything you want and then ask your mech to do the same. If your mech knows his stuff them I would get himt o check over everything first, it's pretty easy to see if a bush has failed or siezed.



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Re: 164 Suspension Refresh

Mike M, (And others) Thanks for the info.

It was always the plan to get my mechanic look over it first and then get the spares from EB. Nice to have pointers for specific items though and your opinion of the poly bushes is valued.

The car is booked in for it's initial inspection on Saturday, so things will be taken from there.

Looking forward to getting it done as by all accounts the results should be great. Just hope the cost isn't too silly. Any comments of the cost front anyone?

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