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Ok.. This might be a bit strange but.. I want to replace ALL bushings in the rear of my Z due to normal rubber rot. But... I want to do a bit at a time. Is there any order that they should be replaced so that duplication of removing parts can be avoided? If so I would really appreciate your responses.
 

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Not sure about the order, but two pieces of advice.
1. The bushings where the lower arms meet the brakes are very hard to remove. They need to be pressed out usually. A friend bent his control arms using a press. Mine seemed in good shape so I just left them and replaced everything else

2. You will find that the instructions for the poly bushings have you remove the metal sleeves when replacing the original. Unlike me, read all of the instructions. After spending the better part of a day removing the sleeves from the mustache bar, I found out I was supposed to leave them in. Had to get a new one, as the rear end was more loose than it had ever been, even after making sleeve inserts out of muffler pipe.

just my 2Cents.
Mike Golding
 

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> Not sure about the order, but two pieces of
> advice.
> 1. The bushings where the lower arms meet
> the brakes are very hard to remove. They
> need to be pressed out usually. A friend
> bent his control arms using a press. Mine
> seemed in good shape so I just left them and
> replaced everything else

> 2. You will find that the instructions for
> the poly bushings have you remove the metal
> sleeves when replacing the original. Unlike
> me, read all of the instructions. After
> spending the better part of a day removing
> the sleeves from the mustache bar, I found
> out I was supposed to leave them in. Had to
> get a new one, as the rear end was more
> loose than it had ever been, even after
> making sleeve inserts out of muffler pipe.

> just my 2Cents.
> Mike Golding

I would replace all the inner rear control arms and mustache bar at the same time. Not to hard. Make sure you have something to heat the mustache bar up to remove the bushings. They are glued in and don't come loose. Sam 75 280z
 

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> Ok.. This might be a bit strange but.. I
> want to replace ALL bushings in the rear of
> my Z due to normal rubber rot. But... I want
> to do a bit at a time. Is there any order
> that they should be replaced so that
> duplication of removing parts can be
> avoided? If so I would really appreciate
> your responses.
I did my moustache bar bushings alone but it
does require some disassembling. Not so much
to remove the bar but when it goes back on. Next
would be the inner front and rear control arm
bushings. Make sure you loosen the big nut at
the end of each bushing before disassembling
anything. I used a pliers to grip the original
bushing and wih some twisting 3 out of four
came off. The fourth bushing would not
budge so I had to remove the control arm at
this point so I could take it to a machine shop.
If your bushings all come off then replacement
is a snap. As for the outer bushings, I consider
myself one of the few Z owners who does not
have a horror story to tell. Once I removed the
lockbolt and did some tapping with a hammer
the spindle pin came out like it was just put in.
If you get to this point email me and I will tell
you how I got the control arm back on with the
new bushings.
 
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