Questions on suspension refurb please...

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Questions on suspension refurb please...

Post by rhss1 » Sat Sep 01, 2018 1:50 pm

I'm new here, old most other places. Have read a lot of posts here, thanks all.

The car is going to be a complete resto.

So far I have decided to

a) replace all the rubber suspension bits
front upper wishbone bushes - 4
front lower wishbone bushes - 4
sway bar bushes - 2
trailing arm bushes - 4
what else is there

b) get new shock absorbers front & rear
which ones; the car is for fun driving on normal roads.

c) possibly get new springs
how can I tell if the old ones are sagged. I did not check the ride height before stripping the body from the frame.

Frame need welding and suspension mounts and arms will be reinforced at the same time



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Post by peter freeman » Sat Sep 01, 2018 2:16 pm

I am changing my front springs purely because they are 25 years old



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Post by scimjim » Sat Sep 01, 2018 2:37 pm

Welcome :)
rhss1 wrote:
Sat Sep 01, 2018 1:50 pm
a) replace all the rubber suspension bits
front upper wishbone bushes - 4
front lower wishbone bushes - 4
sway bar bushes - 2
trailing arm bushes - 4
what else is there
Rear sway bar bushes - 2

There are different size front ARB and rear trailing arms - guessing your car is non-galv so probably early.
rhss1 wrote:
Sat Sep 01, 2018 1:50 pm
b) get new shock absorbers front & rear
which ones; the car is for fun driving on normal roads.
c) possibly get new springs
how can I tell if the old ones are sagged. I did not check the ride height before stripping the body from the frame.
Club traders or direct to manufacturers or usual outlets will supply Spax, Gaz, Avo, protech, etc to suit (inc springs). I’d always go adjustable spring seats to future proof it.


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Post by Clueless1 » Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:43 pm

I’m going the same way. Replacing everything due to it being 30 years old with 101k on the clock. I bought new bushes from Graham Walkers and new front springs from reliant-reviver on here. I’ve also bought spax front adjustable shocks off fleabay, £85 each. I’m looking for rear springs and shocks now. Hopefully the body tub will be off this weekend, let the fun begin!!!
Good luck with the rebuild.


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