I opted to burn the old rubber bushings out of all the suspension links (my neighbors really appreciated that one), and then all of the suspension pieces were powder coated. I didn’t realize that you need to remove a thin metal sleeve from each end of the links before you can install the new poly bushings so I used a hack saw to cut through them so they could be pressed out. Without using a saw, they were impossible to press out using my shop vice so this was the only way outside of using a 12 ton shop press. After the metal sleeves were out, the poly bushings only took a few seconds to squeeze in. Overall a pretty easy job!
Buring out the old bushings, which takes about 5 minutes per side. Lots of smoke.
The rear links after being powder coatedm minus the bushings.
The rear links with the new poly bushings, done and ready to install.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Refurbishing the S1 Lotus Esprit Rear Links
Posted by Renn Ortenburger at 9:58 AM
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The good ol' blow torch! I remember doing this on my old 92 Civic Si when I installed Konis for AutoX. My neighbors were pissed!ReplyDelete