Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Tunbridge Wells
2.0 Spider/GTV rear bushes replacement
Have just completed changing the rear sring and damper lower swing arm bushes. My ".0 TS Spider is at 38,000 and the rear was getting noisy. Alfa supply rear arms, the full set is around £400 plus VAT I understand. Powerflex supply the 10 bushes at a total of around £140. You need access to a 10 ton press (get friendly with a garage and off a couple of quid for use). The bushes press out ok, though some of mine did need a little heat as well. I cleaned up the arms and re-sprayed them with red-oxide primer and black Hammerite stone-chip paint prior to installing the nylon bushes. I coated the bushes with the supplied grease to protect against moisture ingress and corrosion, and pushed them in by hand. The steel bush inserts went in easily too with a couple of knocks from a nylon mallet.
The difficult bit is re-building. The damper swing arms are simple and need little force to install, however, the spring arms are a real trial. The outer spring arm bushes are supplied with two large washer plates that are to be installed between the bush and the surrounding frame-I could only get one into the space. The fit is so tight, the second washer plate just would not go in. I will be contacting Powerfelx about this and will post further news once I have spoken to them. The inner spring bush is a really tight fit to and needs a lot of force to position correctly for the bolt to be fed back in...
The results.... The car needs to have its geometry checked and I am sure it will be a little out now. There is no noice from the rear of the cra (as I expected), and in fact, now its done, it is supprising just how much noise the standard rear bush set up creates. The ride feels a little more bouncy to the rear, however, this might be as things settle down. My car is already running on Eibach sports springs and Koni adjustable dampers, the rear set at factory position zero, and the fronts I keep at 30% increase.
I will be installing a Sparco upper front alloy strut-brace next weekend.
Has anyone installed one and if so, was it a nightmare of easy?
Best Wishes to All, Anansi