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Just been told by my local garage ( who have now shut for hols) that bothe rear "spring pan arms" have play Can anyone give me a pick or drawing of which part this is
Also, is the 3 point suspension arm on the rear otherwise known as the rear wishbones?

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I have this exact same problem, the bushes on both of mine are compeltely knackered. The spring pan arm is quite easy to identify i have attached a pic. The bushes are the things that go on these and the movement of the spring pan arm can damage the mounting point on the subframe if left unchecked. Replacing these takes no time at all but the part cost (as quoted to my mechanic from Alfa yesterday) is £275 + VAT EACH. I personally have decided to have the powerflex bushes fitted instead which its booked in for in a couple of weeks.
 

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Cheers Gents self explanitary when you see an image "spring" sitting in a "pan" as part of the "arm"!!!
 

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williams dad, What where you quoted for the rebushing and are you having the 3 point suspension arm re bushed at the same time?

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I'm paying £500, thats to re-bush everything on the back. Not too sure what a three point suspension arm is but if its on the back then yes it includes that! That £500 does however include having both bump stops done coz mine have fallen off and also a new engine mount so its probably more like £400. I've seen various posts on here and people are having it done for £350 upwards, its mainly a labour charge because they are so tricky.
 

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I have recently powerflexed the whole back end of my V6, and whilst doing so de-rusted the spring pan arms and applied "Zinga" cold galvanising, then painted over with plasticote, also did the shock arms with plasticote. However, my car does not do many miles and I would prefer to buy some original pan arms and and shock arms ( the three point suspension arm bit ), but can't really justify it unless I can recover some of the money already spent. So, if anyone would like to buy some pre-powerflexed parts all ready to fit so that I can afford to drop even more money, please let me know. Incidentally, I also have the powerflex bushes for the front if any one is interested, still in the boxes, free to a good home.
 

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I have recently powerflexed the whole back end of my V6, and whilst doing so de-rusted the spring pan arms and applied "Zinga" cold galvanising, then painted over with plasticote, also did the shock arms with plasticote. However, my car does not do many miles and I would prefer to buy some original pan arms and and shock arms ( the three point suspension arm bit ), but can't really justify it unless I can recover some of the money already spent. So, if anyone would like to buy some pre-powerflexed parts all ready to fit so that I can afford to drop even more money, please let me know. Incidentally, I also have the powerflex bushes for the front if any one is interested, still in the boxes, free to a good home.
Not so happy with the feel of the PF'ed rear grasshopper?
 

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Not so happy with the feel of the PF'ed rear grasshopper?
Actually, I have become a bit more used to the feel since first fitted, but still stand by original comments in a previous thread, but mainly I want the car to be original, and also would like to experience the drive with the proper parts in good condition. I must say, I have regretted not spending the extra money ever since standing in my garage with a rose joint in one hand and a couple of lumps of plastic in the other ! Still, I hope not to put anyone off buying my overhauled and power-flexed bits too much !:thumbs:
 

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Grasshopper

I would be very interested in the front end bushes as I am about to replace lower wishbones due to knocking, and was going to rebush front end at same time.

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I would prefer to buy some original pan arms and and shock arms
I agree on this point. I desperately wanted to go original but with the other bits and pieces i needed done (i also needed the shock arms done) the total was £950... I had my cambelt/aux/plugs done this week so im not exactly minted. My decision was based purely on how to fix my car quickly before I damage the subframe ... having read all about the powerflex 'stiffer ride' i'm slightly apprehensive but i reckon its going to be a massive improvement on my current setup whereby i skip into the oncoming lane when i accelerate and every bump in the road makes the back end go BANG CLUNK BANG ... i'll try and rememebr to look this thread up once i've had it done and report how i got on. :thumbs:
 

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I would be very interested in the front end bushes as I am about to replace lower wishbones due to knocking, and was going to rebush front end at same time.
I wouldn't bother powerflexing the front wishbones. It's always the balljoint the goes first, so you'll need to replace the wishbone anyway when they wear out. Best to fit a strutbrace at the front instead, huge improvement for the front end for very little money and effort.
 

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I have recently powerflexed the whole back end of my V6, and whilst doing so de-rusted the spring pan arms and applied "Zinga" cold galvanising, then painted over with plasticote, also did the shock arms with plasticote. However, my car does not do many miles and I would prefer to buy some original pan arms and and shock arms ( the three point suspension arm bit ), but can't really justify it unless I can recover some of the money already spent. So, if anyone would like to buy some pre-powerflexed parts all ready to fit so that I can afford to drop even more money, please let me know. Incidentally, I also have the powerflex bushes for the front if any one is interested, still in the boxes, free to a good home.
I can sympathise with a lot of this. The best powerflex upgrade IMHO is on the trailing arms (six bushes in total), these are relatively easy to fit and have given me no problems at all. The challenge is with the springpan bushes. The fit for the powerflex bushes here is extremely tight, and great care is needed when fitting. These bushes take tremendous loads, so on balance I would personally prefer the rose-jointed arms (although the cost is totally ott).

Don't get me wrong, the powerflex upgrade works with tremendous effect, just make sure you use a specialist who knows exactly what they're doing. Do a bodge job on this and you won't stop crying.
 

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I wouldn't bother powerflexing the front wishbones. It's always the balljoint the goes first, so you'll need to replace the wishbone anyway when they wear out. Best to fit a strutbrace at the front instead, huge improvement for the front end for very little money and effort.
Now that you mention this, I remember reading this in another thread a while ago. Is it worth doing fron antiroll bar or drop-links? or go for standard with the strut brace.

I also remember reading that there are a couple of different braces, one was around £60 and the other nearer £100. One I think was ally the other steel. Can you recomend one?

alfaholic Sorry for the thread hijack.
 

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Now that you mention this, I remember reading this in another thread a while ago. Is it worth doing fron antiroll bar or drop-links? or go for standard with the strut brace.

I also remember reading that there are a couple of different braces, one was around £60 and the other nearer £100. One I think was ally the other steel. Can you recomend one?
Definitely replace the droplinks if you're replacing wishbones (the rubbers do deteriorate over time). I just have a Sparco strutbrace (£60), very easy to fit although you do need to shave away some of the fins off the top of the brake fluid reservoir to get it to fit. Huge improvement in handling with the strutbrace, do a search on here and you will find similar comments.
 

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I just spent over a grand on my suspension:cry: . However I did get the pan arms for £150 each as he had a number of them lying around. Call Veloces of London
 

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However I did get the pan arms for £150 each as he had a number of them lying around. Call Veloces of London
Lying around? I hope at that price they were brand new, and of the 'rose jointed' variety. If not you were ripped off.:rolleyes:
 

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They were new, lying around was a figurative term.

Also I thought it quite reasonable compared to the £275 + VAT quoted above.
 
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