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Old 17-06-2009   #1
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Replacing outer ARB bushes...

Hi guys, my bushes arrived yesterday from ebay so I thought I'd have a go at fitting them today.

It took about an hour to do the nearside front, it was a ball ache of a job!

I will be doing the off side front tomorrow and will take pictures and write up a guide.

The bushes I have used are official Fiat/Lancia group with stamps like the originals. I will show everyone where I got them from in the guide.

The job wasn't that hard, I don't want to put anyone off as it is very rewarding afterwards (depending on how shot your bushes were).

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Re: Replacing outer ARB bushes...

Adam - I look forward to it, this is a job I am planning amongst many others and not looking forward to - pics/guide/links much appreciated by the likes of me!!

Cheers, Tom
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Re: Replacing outer ARB bushes...

Adam did you get your bushes from the same ebay seller , where i got mine from your link about a week ago . my car will be getting built back up next week ,
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Yeah I did, there are currently two sellers on Ebay selling the same O.E. part.
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Re: Replacing outer ARB bushes...

I've heard a lot of people say how much new bushes improve the car, giving a more precise clean feeling. What's your experience?
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My previous outer ARB bushes were absolutely nackered, and the ARB itself was free in the bush. Since fitting new bushes I get less body roll, the car does feel more precise and it has stopped knocking over small bumps.

To really improve the drive I would change the shocks and springs, I had Eibach springs and Koni dampers on my 156 and it was unbelievable, you could treat it like a hot hatch.
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Re: Replacing outer ARB bushes...

OK, so with knackered bushes you noticed a big improvement :-)

I had Eibachs with Bilstein B6s on my Barchetta. My wife said it drove like a Kart, although the Eibachs did soften it a bit. I was very pleased with them and I think KC3 had them for a while after I scrapped the car. Don't think they suited his style as I think he sold them on again.......
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Re: Replacing outer ARB bushes...

Hiya, Matt,
Hope all is well,
I still have the Bilstien shocks on my B, with the Eibachs springs, They are great and coupled with Eibachs strengthened Anti roll bar kit the B does handle extremely well, i would highly reccomend this setup as it is coupled up with polyurephene bushes and really tightens up the B. The only thing is that once i'ved turbo'd her and have that extra power, i would like her to ride slightly lower so will be going for an adjustable setup like coilovers,

So anyone wishing to purchase a bilstien setup with 30mm lower Eibach springs let me know.
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How much?
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Re: Replacing outer ARB bushes...

Hi KC3.

Glad to hear you're enjoying them, the ARB would probably have been on my list if I'd been able to keep the car.

I'm doing well apart from sliding my MR2 into a post after hitting an oil spill!!!!

Perhaps its a sign I should get back in a Barchetta?
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Ouch! Were you ok?
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Re: Replacing outer ARB bushes...

I was , car wasn't. I was only doing about 40km/h. The problem was that the post I hit was concreted in very well, so when it went under the car it bent a lot of the bracing (engine's at the back, as you probably know).

I know it's not a Barchetta but here's a picture anyway:
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Re: Replacing outer ARB bushes...

Glad you're ok!

I got given the keys to one of those by a policeman when I was 18, took it out for about 6 hours one night. They are pretty quick and well balanced, however I felt the front was a but light and twitchy at illegal speeds....

Looks much better now you have modified it!
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Re: Replacing outer ARB bushes...

Well it's no Barchetta in the looks stakes, but it's not bad looking.

This one is a facelift model with some small revisions which seem to help stability as well as an LSD.

It is incredibly well balanced, although it didn't help much on oil and water!

Hang on a minute, why did the police give you the keys to one when you were 18? Or shouldn't you say? More to the point, where did this happen as I'd like to move there (well I'm a fair bit over 18, so maybe I'd get a Ferrari.)?
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Re: Replacing outer ARB bushes...

I finally get Japanese styling, its cute.

The model I drove was an 05 or 06.

I can't say much really, he was a friend and a policeman just an awesome experience for an 18 year old!
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