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DIY Stilo Rear Bush Replacement.
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I used axle stands under the rear of the car direct onto the chassi and dropped the axle to the floor being carefull not to damage the brake pipes etc.<br />
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Checked the bushes by inserting the bolt and bending them down so I could see
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Re: DIY Stilo Rear Bush Replacement.

Just did my bushes, cheers for the guide, Shadey.

If anyone is interested I used this tool http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Fiat-Stilo...item3aac28290a it put the new bushes in without modifying them with ease.
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Re: DIY Stilo Rear Bush Replacement.

Another bush replacer checking in!
I also used the tool linked above from eBay. (Just search Stilo Bush Tool)

I thought I'd add some pictures for people to use.
Also, points I want to add to clarify the guide:
1) Undo the mounts to drop the subframe, rather than the bushes first. (4 bolts on each side. I tried to undo the bush first, and after 2 hours found the bolt fouls the fuel tank)
2) The bolts are 15mm. Mine were round... Very round. I recommend Irwin Bolt Grip's. I imagined they would be snake oil but were AMAZING
3) My subframe did NOT drop to the floor due to the brake lines, it may have been the position of mine once it dropped, but I didn't have time to faff.
4) Slowly raise it back up once done, it''ll take a few minutes to line up and not crush anything
5) I drilled the old bush out, rather than hacksawed it. I then used a hammer and chisel to knock the bush out.

I bought a 10 Ton press plus the eBay tool linked above. I bought the eBay tool purely for the adaptor plates, thinking the thread would be rubbish. It wasn't. My press didn't come out of the box!! Obviously its more work as you have to wind it in, but it would be easy if you have pneumatic tools or a decent impact driver + 1/2" adaptor.
I'm just mentioning this as it'll save someone 60+ buying a press if they fancy 15 minutes extra work.

All in all, the job took about 6 hours, but like I said I tried to remove the bush bolts first and this weekend blessed us with 50+MPH winds and rain!

Unfortunately I didn't have anytime to rip back all the rust and repaint. A Job for the future!
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Re: DIY Stilo Rear Bush Replacement.

Hi there great guide thanks Ive got my old bushes out, do I need to replace the through bolts if so could you supply the spec of the bolts so i can google some. I make them M12 140MM but not sure on the specification. Could you also give me an idea of the size of puller required
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Re: DIY Stilo Rear Bush Replacement.

Hi guys. Any tips on getting the subframe bolts out? I've soaked them in plus gas, tried using my 750mm breaker bar on them, but they wont shift! Looks like I've half rounded two in the process. I have Irwin bolt removers but the socket is 16mm and the bolt's are 15mm.


Any help is much appreciated, cheers!
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Well it looks like overnight in the plusgas did the trick. luckily those bolts weren't rounded either!
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Re: DIY Stilo Rear Bush Replacement.

Just a word of warning to anyone reading this. I bought meyle hd bushes off ebay with 4 years warranty. The 1st bush went in just before the lip you press on started to fold. The 2nd went in 3/4 of the way then the lip just gave in.


Lesson learned. Went to euro car parts, bought lemforder, they are oem on my bmw so quality and 17 each. Instantly better, pre greased aswell. After spending hours getting the meyle one back out finally the lemforder went in, no flex on the lip and went in like butter.


So if your reading this, do not buy from ebay. Only from a reputable source such as euro car parts. You will regret it massively on a job like this!
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Re: DIY Stilo Rear Bush Replacement.

2 Bushes replaced today - the old ones were really completely shot - but not until reading all the guides and peoples experiences, thankyou to all that have been before me and taking the time to tell your experiences!.

The old ones were hacksaw'ed out, being careful to saw in the area where the boss is welded to the beam axle, rather than the 'open' part of the boss just to reduce the fatigue risk if I inadvertently cut deeper than the bush metal.
However all was good, nearly cut through the bush in two cuts about 15 degrees apart and then used a cold chisel to do the final breakthrough and peel this sliver away. The rest of the bush metal then relaxed and pushing the remainder out was no effort at all.

Physicals....... With the beam axle boss internal diameter being about 0.18mm smaller than the new bush diameter I was debating to turn the new bushes down a bit as many seem to have done to make it an easier install but in the end i decided to risk it and press the new bushes in as they were.

This would have been impossible, however, if just using fitting tool and threaded rod I am sure.

With a 20T workshop press it was still scary- with the bush starting to deform ever so slightly until the bush finally popped and started to travel into the boss. Then it was plain sailing. I think the important thing here would have been to ensure everything was perfectly in line with each other -- the slightest bit of being 'not true' does introduce additional forces which have to go somewhere - hence the beginnings of a potential deformed bush and burst fluid volume !.

2nd bush went in a lot easier as I spent a bit more time lining everything up.

I think maybe next time (if there is a next time) I would make the entry point a bit less of an interference fit. I wouldn't skim the whole bush down but would introduce a better taper to the bush (without breaking through the metal shell) at the area which would be at the start of the pressing.

Getting the old beam axle off the car meant the two brake pipes on the beam were cut as the pipe ends were seized solid in the fittings (as i expect every car has the same experience) so these were renewed as well today.

Car (Yellow Abarth) back together and now ready for its MoT... and no more back jarring experiences going over bumps.. hooray !!!
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Just a word of warning to anyone reading this. I bought meyle hd bushes off ebay with 4 years warranty. The 1st bush went in just before the lip you press on started to fold. The 2nd went in 3/4 of the way then the lip just gave in.


Lesson learned. Went to euro car parts, bought lemforder, they are oem on my bmw so quality and 17 each. Instantly better, pre greased aswell. After spending hours getting the meyle one back out finally the lemforder went in, no flex on the lip and went in like butter.


So if your reading this, do not buy from ebay. Only from a reputable source such as euro car parts. You will regret it massively on a job like this!
I've seen Polyurethane bushes on eBay now. Anyone tried them?
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Re: DIY Stilo Rear Bush Replacement.

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I've seen Polyurethane bushes on eBay now. Anyone tried them?
There's a thread about them here: https://www.fiatforum.com/stilo/4535...yurethane.html
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Re: DIY Stilo Rear Bush Replacement.

Thanks for the guide it was very useful, I replaced my bushes a couple of days ago. I just dropped the front of the beam down, and cut the old bushes out. I decided to try the freezer trick on the new bushes, so I put them into the freezer for a couple of hours before fitting them to slightly contract them. Considering there are many places in Europe where the temperature drops to below -15C in winter I figured this would be a safe practice, and shouldn't damage the bush in anyway. This helped with the clearance for fitting them, and they went in relatively easily. As they slowly warmed back up, they should have return to their original size. I used the special threaded puller tool from ebay. I didn't need to disconnect any brake line or ABS wire.

I've been putting this job off for far too long, and it's great having them now fitted. Certainly improved the handling, and no more bangs!
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