Well, I have finished changing them all, including the rose joints which did have a slight amount of play. I paid a machine shop £50 to push out all the old bushes. I went to bed for 2 hours.
Overall it is a pretty tough job, but all the bushes pretty fitted as expected. Things that I found which anyone doing this might want to note....
The upper wishbone bushes come with big washers. With my car and these bushes there is no way that the washers will fit without modification. In fact there is no need to use the washers at all. The recess for the bushes is clean (at least it will be after you clean it, I used Brasso) flat aluminum and the bush fits exactly, so there is no benefit to using a washer.
Secondly the outer swing arm bush comes with two big flat washers. The inner one you will need, but the outer you can discard if your car still has the thick (equally sized) one that goes just before the big 22mm nut. No point in putting two on. If your car is missing it you will need it tho.
The last bush to press into place was the swing arm inner and it is a tight fit. In order to have any chance of getting this in without a major fight make sure the edges of the arm where the flange of the bush butts up is filed right back to bare metal, and any protruding weld is filed back as well. By all means prime it afterwards with all the copperslip you will be using it probably will not rust. Otherwise the paint, rust, weld will push the bush out enough to stop you being able to fit it without the risk of damaging the subframe.
Having just done the job I would seriously consider letting someone who knows what they are doing do it. Having said that if the person does not know what they are doing it could be a disaster.
Anyways. The back of the car seems a lot tighter and less crashy. But I have only been round the block once! I am looking forwards to getting the Bilsteins on.
One last thing. The bushes are either really hard or a lot more compliant depending on where they are fitted. This must be by design and may possibly mean that the passive steer is retained to a large degree.........
All the best
Last edited by berni29; 13-06-09 at 21:25.