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Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by imported_Jamesh, Oct 6, 2005.

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    [Oct 6, 2005]
    Hi,

    I have an early S3 and the front wishbone bushes are knackered, I plan to replace the whole arm, can anyone tell me if the A3 uses the same front wishbone.

    Cheers

    James
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    No, S3 wishbones have slots on the end for camber adjustments which the A3 items don't have. Go for late spec front wishbones, they are slightly different shape and weigh a little bit less according to Ed at AmD when I had mine replaced, plus you have to get your wheel allignment sorted again, but made a slight improvement in handling (maybe the old one's were too knackered?). /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/beerchug.gif
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    [Oct 6, 2005]
    Cheers Jojo for the quick response does anybody know of another place to try and get these wishbones.

    I've tried VAGPARTS they want £68 + vat, Europarts want £82 + vat and GSF say they dont sell wishbones for the S3.

    Also has anybody tried replacing the bushes in the old arm, I know i dont stand a chance with the original bushes, but what about poly bushes such as Powerflex.

    Any help on the above would be great

    Cheers

    James
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    Front bushes on an S3 are easy enough to replace with powerflex if you have two people and a vice,just follow the instructions for removal on there web site, the powerflex bushes make a massive difference to steering feel and the way the car feels and corners especially if an R32 rear arb is fitted.
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    For ease, just buy new ones. For improvements fit powerflex bushes. I can do those for you @ £67.80+vat/del (4 bushes, 2 per side)

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    how much harsher is the ride with powerflex bushes. I just went for replacement arms as i felt the ride would suffer with the **** roads where I live.
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    how much harsher is the ride with powerflex bushes. I just went for replacement arms as i felt the ride would suffer with the **** roads where I live.

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    Really not that different. I'm using the ECS bushes which are firmer than the powerfled bushes and they are fine.

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    The powerflex bushes are no harsher than standard bushes but the trade off in terms of increased feel and control where it matters made it a no brainer plus i got the whole front end kit free of charge including arb and steering rack mounts,only took a few hours to do and removing the old bushes was the hardest part.
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    For removing the old bushes, i drilled out the majority of the old bush, and then used a blow torch and a chisel to remove the rest. Basically just burnt it out and scraped the rest with chisel.

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