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I have been told that the rear lower suspension bushes on my GTV need replaced, including the forward bush on the N/S spring pan arm! I have been quoted mad prices for the spring pan arm from my main dealer ,,,,, like 350. Can anyone advise me if cheaper arms can be got or is changing the bushes a viable option?

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Price sounds about right.

Basically you have three main options.

1. Buy Alfa genuine parts - Fit.
2. Buy replacement bushes - push out, re-fit, fit.
3. Buy powerflex replacement bushes - push out, fiddle about, re-fit, fit.

They are listed by the most expensive to the cheapest. Each option both have their pros and cons.

There is also the 4th option to try to source other OEM manufacturer replacements, there is a thread started by CrispDust on this I believe.

Personally, I choose to powerflex the entire rear end and I'm very happy with the results, but expectations differ.

My advice? Grab a cup of tea, sit down and do a search in this forum for "springpan". You will find loads of information in this lounge on the rear sus of your GTV. Digest, and you should be able to come to an informed dicision on how you want to approach it.

A good alfa specialist should be happy to work either of the first three options for you, or if like me you have experience with this sort of work, you can do it yourself.

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Alfaworkshop on ebay do both spring pan and lower arms recon with powerflex and powdercoat for 300. Good price.
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Please do a search. More written about this on here than research on the Bible.
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What ever you do dont go to a main dealer. Go to an Alfa specialist they are much cheaper. But make sure hes a genuine Alfa specialist. He should have Alfas parked all over the place.
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Alfaworkshop on ebay do both spring pan and lower arms recon with powerflex and powdercoat for 300. Good price.
Thats us by the way, not Alfa Workshop
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If you go to the 'Alfa Workshop' website there is a step by step guide on bush replacement using their bushes or powerflex.
It's really quite easy, any competant mechanic should be able to handle it. They are a really friendly and helpful. And as they say 'run by enthusiasts for enthusiasts'. They will do everything they can to save you money. Very highly recommended.

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go for the powerflex, little pricey but it makes a realy difference IMO, best decision i made, the car feels much calmer, much more poised and more responsive

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Thanks everyone, I certainly had a few options to consider. In the end I opted to buy the bushes from EB Spares and will put up with the extra hassle of fitting them. It seems more cost effective than buying complete arms. Thanks again all for helpful replies.
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Bit late for you now I know, but make sure your spring pans are not too rusty to re-bush.

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