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Front ARB bushes



AndyPembs182

ClioSport Club Member
  Clio182
My inner front ARB bushes are starting to perish - should I go for original Renault or aftermarket? Pros and cons welcomed in replies/comments....
 

Martin_172

ClioSport Club Member
The powerflex ones, when crushed, don't exactly make a perfect circle.

See TomoTek's post here
My mate had this issue on his twingo with the same ARB using the recommended part number. I ordered a different part number from him and they were perfect. They listed I think 3x part numbers for the 172/182 when they all use the same ARB! Unfortunately I don't remember what the part no was 😂
 

AndyPembs182

ClioSport Club Member
  Clio182
My mate had this issue on his twingo with the same ARB using the recommended part number. I ordered a different part number from him and they were perfect. They listed I think 3x part numbers for the 172/182 when they all use the same ARB! Unfortunately I don't remember what the part no was 😂
Any way you could find the part number?! So close to a perfect solution - think hard!
 
  monaco 172
Lol, I had the subframe half way down and the inners were still a pain in the arse.

I suppose going in a second time now I know where to position the clamps and mole grips etc it would be much easier.
 

Martin_172

ClioSport Club Member
Big long thin but and bolt, ramp them up, hold closed with mole grips, remove nut and bolt, fit final nut and bolt.

That's how I done the last set when I had a subframe off, the vans were done in situ and I just used longer bolts, it was a shite job
 

Green51

ClioSport Club Member
  Goodwood Green '01
What length (longer) bolts would you recommend? Going to do mine in a week's time 😬
 

Green51

ClioSport Club Member
  Goodwood Green '01
M8 x about 25 mm? I'd use a nyloc nut.
Thank you for the advice. I'm going for OEM rubber so fingers crossed won't be as bad as a poly' change. Knowing the bolt could snap it seems prudent to just replace it while the chance is there
 

RustyMojo

ClioSport Club Member
Oh don’t say that! Did you use OEM bushes? I was planning on swapping my crusty ones to new Renault units rather than polybush and hopes this would be easier. Getting it in a garage isn’t an option currently as this is one of the jobs I need to tackle pre MOT, which runs out Wednesday!
 

AndyPembs182

ClioSport Club Member
  Clio182
Oh don’t say that! Did you use OEM bushes? I was planning on swapping my crusty ones to new Renault units rather than polybush and hopes this would be easier. Getting it in a garage isn’t an option currently as this is one of the jobs I need to tackle pre MOT, which runs out Wednesday!
I used Powerflex. I expect genuine Renault wouldn’t be as difficult to compress
 

Bankrupt_drunk

ClioSport Club Member
  Clio 172
Oh don’t say that! Did you use OEM bushes? I was planning on swapping my crusty ones to new Renault units rather than polybush and hopes this would be easier. Getting it in a garage isn’t an option currently as this is one of the jobs I need to tackle pre MOT, which runs out Wednesday!
Are there any rent a ramp outfits near you? It'd be a lot easier with the car in the air. Plus they generally have someone around to give you a hand.
 

RustyMojo

ClioSport Club Member
Are there any rent a ramp outfits near you? It'd be a lot easier with the car in the air. Plus they generally have someone around to give you a hand.
Still can’t get the car there mate. It’s on axle stands at minute and the MoT is out on Wednesday. I could get it done before the MOT I guess as it will have to be driven to the station. So I could get my mate to do it. But as it’s not an impossible job to do I may just crack on and give it a go
 
  BG 182FF
Did my inners recently with oem bushes. It wasn't exactly fun but didn't really take too long overall.

Make sure you've got the subframe support brackets removed. You can get the old bushes out without doing this, but you'll never get the new ones in.

Spray down the bushes with silicone spray, all over. This made a big difference.

Use a 4 inch g clamp to wind the bushing retaining clamp in to place. I didnt wind it completely home against the subframe, leaving a few mm gap seemed to make aligning the bolt easier.

You'll want the closed side of the "C" of the g clamp facing towards the sills, if that makes any sense. On the passenger side you'll have to disconnect an electrical connector, and on the driver's side you'll have to unclip some fuel hose, just to get em out the way.

That leaves room to get a medium mole grip in from the exhaust side (middle of the car) and hold everything together while you remove the g clamp. Make sure you don't accidentally grip them on to the g clamp!

With the g clamp out the way you can stick a screwdriver or pokey tool through the hole and align the two holes slightly better. Another option is to use a big bar, pushing on the top of the bushing clamp by levering against the bulkhead. Either of these might knock the mole grips off, so make sure they're fairly secure.

Once it's close enough you can kind of just screw the screw in at a funny angle, the OEM bolts are threaded down to a point so they'll kind of bite and work their way in.

I managed it on the drive on axle stands, could probably do it without too much faff a second time around to be honest. Mostly it was working out the best way to position clamps etc.

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Craigy69k

ClioSport Club Member
  2005 182 FF
FML. Just noticed this thread after refitting yesterday, powerflex black inners and oem outers.

Done this on my gravel driveway with the car on axle stands and in all honesty it was not easy as there is next to no working space to access the nuts and bolts whilst trying to maintain pressure on the brackets. Ended up getting assistance from someone to pry inners into place whilst I got bolts home through brackets. For the outers we used another jack to push the bracket in place, these were a lot easier as we were not directly under the car.

Long bolts were helpful, used m8,45mm length, would not have even got close with the standard ones.

Spent all morning by myself messing around with a four inch g clamp and mole grips to no avail as I found space very limited to work and have big mitts. Ended up going on okay with help from someone prying the bracket in place, all done in an hour. Thought about drilling a bigger hole in the brackets as a next step and could imagine this being very helpful.

I can imagine this being a lot easier with the car overhead rather than axle stands as the main issue was leverages for using tools and moving arms for fiddling with bolts etc.. would not have managed without another pair of hands tbh.

In conclusion if attempting on driveway I would advise obtaining longer bolts, a small pry bar that you can fit around you whilst lying on your back and an extra set of hands for an hour, another jack for the outers is helpful and most importantly a sense of humour and cold beer for finishing too
 
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