Sunday, June 20, 2010

Refurbishing the S1 Lotus Esprit Rear Links

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.

1 comment:

  1. 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!