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M-R-P
Wednesday 22nd May 2013, 22:55
Been wondering about this myself so I had a go tonight and was surprised by how easy it is...

First, clamp the wishbone in a vice (I'm sure you can do this on the car but I'm refurbing some wishbones so the vice was the way to go).

With a 9mm drill, drill through the rubber. You'll cut into the aluminium housing of the bush...

http://i1100.photobucket.com/albums/g413/martinrpeachey/Snapbucket/92423C3F-orig_zpscd278d65.jpg (http://s1100.photobucket.com/user/martinrpeachey/media/Snapbucket/92423C3F-orig_zpscd278d65.jpg.html)

http://i1100.photobucket.com/albums/g413/martinrpeachey/Snapbucket/DE349CFA-orig_zps76265e09.jpg (http://s1100.photobucket.com/user/martinrpeachey/media/Snapbucket/DE349CFA-orig_zps76265e09.jpg.html)

Use the drill to thin the housing some more, being careful not to damage the wishbone - you don't need to go right through, just thin it.

Then hammer a screwdriver between the bush housing and the wishbone...

http://i1100.photobucket.com/albums/g413/martinrpeachey/Snapbucket/53A98CA1-orig_zps29d73f05.jpg (http://s1100.photobucket.com/user/martinrpeachey/media/Snapbucket/53A98CA1-orig_zps29d73f05.jpg.html)

http://i1100.photobucket.com/albums/g413/martinrpeachey/Snapbucket/AE779BDE-orig_zpsa1fe823b.jpg (http://s1100.photobucket.com/user/martinrpeachey/media/Snapbucket/AE779BDE-orig_zpsa1fe823b.jpg.html)

This should be enough to loosen the bush and it will just hammer - out...

http://i1100.photobucket.com/albums/g413/martinrpeachey/Snapbucket/0B14B514-orig_zps2e4f8267.jpg (http://s1100.photobucket.com/user/martinrpeachey/media/Snapbucket/0B14B514-orig_zps2e4f8267.jpg.html)

Use a big socket or a suitable bit of tube to isolate one side of the bush while pressing it in with a vice. You can clamp directly onto the other side of the bush as it'll compress enough to push the whole thing in...

http://i1100.photobucket.com/albums/g413/martinrpeachey/Snapbucket/D13A4AC1-orig_zps22616dbe.jpg (http://s1100.photobucket.com/user/martinrpeachey/media/Snapbucket/D13A4AC1-orig_zps22616dbe.jpg.html)

And... you're done!

Easy as! took 20 minutes to do both bushes :)

Any questions - just ask.

Kingsford G
Wednesday 22nd May 2013, 23:33
1 question,do u wanna do mine lol? Nice work mate (as usual)

M-R-P
Wednesday 22nd May 2013, 23:35
You don't have a P2 lol.

Kingsford G
Wednesday 22nd May 2013, 23:40
Just looking at my tv stand.Needs polybush me fink lol

M-R-P
Wednesday 22nd May 2013, 23:44
Just looking at my tv stand.Needs polybush me fink lol

LMAO! funny bu@@er!

Do your own bloody TV stand hahahah

Kingsford G
Wednesday 22nd May 2013, 23:47
LMAO! funny bu@@er!

Do your own bloody TV stand hahahah

No,not yet,its just an commercial where u can get one half price if u buy an led tv lol

M-R-P
Wednesday 22nd May 2013, 23:50
Wait til you have kids - the telly will be bolted to the wall where they can't reach it til they're 5!

Kingsford G
Wednesday 22nd May 2013, 23:56
Wait til you have kids - the telly will be bolted to the wall where they can't reach it til they're 5!

Haha,too late,my kid is 6 now and tv is bolted on but still managed to scratch the screen.

M-R-P
Thursday 23rd May 2013, 00:01
Really? didn't realise you had one lol.

A kid I mean, not a telly ;)

Kingsford G
Thursday 23rd May 2013, 00:01
By the way,my car straggled home today so polybush is not a priority right now.

M-R-P
Thursday 23rd May 2013, 00:08
Time to get busy with the spanners then mate. Have you tried it with the stock ecu yet? might be a knackered map.

Kingsford G
Thursday 23rd May 2013, 00:13
Time to get busy with the spanners then mate. Have you tried it with the stock ecu yet? might be a knackered map.
Its on a stock now and was boosting etc no probs and then started a bit misfirering on idle but was going well and now its just lumpy,only had a round town runs.May not have time to look at properly but will check the spark plugs and clean the maf cos I think its most likely the maf.

M-R-P
Thursday 23rd May 2013, 00:18
Hope you get her sorted mate, she's a nice motor and worthy of some love ;)

Kingsford G
Thursday 23rd May 2013, 00:25
Hope you get her sorted mate, she's a nice motor and worthy of some love ;)
Thanx,my right foot loves her when she`s fit ;)

JamesT5
Thursday 23rd May 2013, 20:30
Nice to see my old wishbones getting a new shot at life. :B_thumb:

partsforvolvos.com
Friday 24th May 2013, 12:01
Please don't take offence Martin, becasue I know you are clearly accomplished at working on your car, but,

I would definately not recommend to install pressed in bushes via the method described.

The bush should not have any pressure put on the centre peg at all during installation, and this is why volvo have a special tool the diameter of the bush outer sleeve that pressure is put onto.

I feel it will adversely affect the rubber properties if you press the centre into the bush this much, as it would not be expected to move this far during driving (nowhere near infact) and it would surely have the affect of overstretching the rubber.
At worst i could see it splitting the rubber, if not almost certainly affecting the bonding of the rubber and metal sleeve or the properties of the rubber - a bit like overstretching a rubber band.
so the bush will not be as stiff as it should have been , allowing excess movement even if it is not split.

I recommend a simple amendment to the procedure by putting a second socket the other side, to protect the centre peg and pushing only on the outer sleeve as the bush goes in would prevent premature failure.

Jamie

M-R-P
Friday 24th May 2013, 12:23
Thanks for the input Jamie. However, the centre of the bush was only compressed by maybe 4 or 5 mm. One side of these bushes protrudes more than the other. I pressed the side with only a minor protrusion and in no way stressed it any where near it's normal operating movements so wouldn't have damaged it at all.
On the car, the middle of the bush is static and the outer bit is twisted by 20 or so degrees during normal driving, hitting potholes speed bumps etc.

Look at how it's twisted just by jacking the car up...

http://i1100.photobucket.com/albums/g413/martinrpeachey/polybushandshocks/DSCF6976.jpg (http://s1100.photobucket.com/user/martinrpeachey/media/polybushandshocks/DSCF6976.jpg.html)

There's no chance of the bush being damaged using this method of insertion mate, if there was I'd use a 2nd socket like you said. :)

partsforvolvos.com
Friday 24th May 2013, 12:38
Cheers mate .

Re-enforced my already high opinion of your mechanical skills :B_thumb:

M-R-P
Friday 24th May 2013, 13:04
Cheers mate .

Re-enforced my already high opinion of your mechanical skills :B_thumb:

Well you made a fair point mate. It's something that would cross most people's minds when they go to fit these (I actually thought it would be a pig of a job) and a good way of explaining the job and it's possible pitfalls.

It all makes for better guidance in the end :)

M-R-P
Wednesday 12th June 2013, 13:23
Just to add a final note...

Unlike the front bushes, these cannot be fitted with the wishbone still on the car.

Harvey
Friday 14th February 2014, 21:06
Just add the new powerflex bush kit PFF88-600.

http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r499/harveysr/66933187-A55C-412F-B863-D5C0F6992A72_zps10i6bfg9.jpg

http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r499/harveysr/DED6F7B8-C903-4ADC-A4D6-904BAA209E15_zpsvkwingud.jpg

No I haven't fitted them they just make a good paper weight until they summer come around..

M-R-P
Friday 14th February 2014, 21:09
how much we're they Harv?

Harvey
Friday 14th February 2014, 21:13
how much we're they Harv?


51.73 + p&p

http://www.partsforvolvosonline.com/product_info.php?cPath=2_546_385_390&products_id=8342

M-R-P
Friday 14th February 2014, 21:18
I doubt ill be changing mine anytime soon, i only just put meyle hd ones in but its worth remembering.

Harvey
Friday 14th February 2014, 21:20
I don't think I will be fitting them anytime soon with this weather.

chopper_harris
Saturday 15th February 2014, 00:46
Use a big socket or a suitable bit of tube to isolate one side of the bush while pressing it in with a vice. You can clamp directly onto the other side of the bush as it'll compress enough to push the whole thing in...

Easy as! took 20 minutes to do both bushes :)

Any questions - just ask.

That works, but you are driving the bush in from the wrong direction - it has a taper on the body adjacent to the short boss.

I use a bunch of M30 Form A washers to protect the long boss, and drive the bush taper first - The washers are pennies each from a decent engineers merchants.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j229/chopper_harris/Volvo%20Bush/RBush1_zps287a2d44.jpg

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j229/chopper_harris/Volvo%20Bush/RBush2_zps63943a52.jpg

JamesT5
Saturday 15th February 2014, 08:57
Martin, you'll have the chance to Polybush some for me soon. :D

M-R-P
Saturday 15th February 2014, 09:39
Martin, you'll have the chance to Polybush some for me soon. :D

those powerflex bushes look nice and easy mate, I'll do a new how-to for those. :)