The "putty" bushes on my spring pans are completely shagged, it's just starting to graze the subframe. Had to bite the bullet today and buy two new spring pan arms. Reasonably happy with the price : £169+V each - for the OEM V6 rose-jointed version. When the new springpan arms have been fitted, I will have four spare spring-pan arms (I had two off a GTV + two coming off the spider) - all four have knackered bushes, but might be usefull to someone who wants to wirebrush, hammerite + powerflex. Give me a shout if you're interested Spider@Flighthunt.com
I'm wondering whether to replace the springs, rubber thrust plates and bumpstops while I have the arms off. Assuming most of the rear-end rubber is in similar condition to the bushes. Any thoughts? The springs look pretty grotty, but I don't know if that would affect their performance much? I would really like to hear the opinions of anyone who's done this work before.
Other jobs this weekend....
replace rear hub - due to knackered wheel stud thread. Bloody hamfisted tyrefitters
Might powerflex the trailing arms and upper wishbones, or if I've any cash left I might replace these arms with new as well - (I have wobbly balljoint at one side), haven't had any joy getting a balljoint anywhere - even though they just bolt to the wishbones.
Thought I might also replace the ARB droplinks while I've got it in bits, maybe even the shocks. Anything else while the suspension is in bits ? Is it worth getting new mounting bolts for the new arms?
Oh and last of all, looking at the workshop manual, it looks as though the rear subframe is only attached to the chassis by four bolts. I wondered how easy it might be to drop the whole subframe/suspension assembly - and work on it on a bench.... Anyone tried this ?
I intend to have allignments checked after swapping so many suspension parts, am I correct in thinking that the only adjustment at the rear is toe-in? I can't see anything on the diagrams that might adjust camber/castor....
Comments appreciated. I'm sure the backend will feel much better after all of this, especially on the Stelvio - roll on spring!