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    Hi,
    I'll be replacing my shocks (Bilstein), front control arms (Meyle) and bushes (Powerflex) sometime next week, are there any unusual nut sizes or tools required before i start? I have a pretty well spec'd tool box with most socket/spanner sizes already.
    My front control arm bushes are crying out for replacement and one of my rear shocks is leaking so i thought i'd replace the whole lot in one go. I've read a few comments already on the board but i thought i'd just check before i actually start that there are no special tools required.
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    Jim.

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    i have done a how to on control arm and rear control arm bushes, but i am still waiting for the mods to put the meyle wishbone thread up?

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    Thanks mate, i did have a look at that, much appreciated. I thought i'd ask about any odd spanner sizes before i start.

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    if you have 16, 17, 18, 19 20, 21, 22, you should have all you need!

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    I'm missing the 21 and 22mm sizes but i'll get them tomorrow.

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    my wishbone innerball joint was 21, and the new 1 was 22mm

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    Well, i finished replacing the shocks, wishbones and bushes and i can honestly say i don't think i've worked as hard on a car, every bolt was a battle. The suspension struts weren't too bad but the wishbone balljoints were a b*gger with the nuts so badly rusted i could barely get the spanner to grip. The balljoint at the hub/wishbone was almost on for keeps!
    I also noticed the brake hoses were badly perished and cracked, my heart skipped a beat when i saw that. The calipers are in a hell of a state with one burst dust seal, Euro car parts do exchange units for about 50 each so i'll get some next week along with some stainless brake lines and pads. My credit card will be taking a beating again!
    I have to say though the car does look good with lots of new shiney bits

    I didn't know the OEM wishbone bushes were oil filled, or at least one was, the other was so badly worn i'm amazed the car drove as well as it did. Hopefully i can get all the brake parts asap and get the car rolling again as i don't fancy driving it with the brakes as they are, thank god i noticed that one.

    Jim.

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