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Old 07-09-2012, 12:42 AM   #1
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Arrow [AUS] RTABs DIY and tools - anyone?

Guys

anyone here replaced the RTABs themselves with OE / Meyle / Nolathane bushings?

Anyone have the RTAB tool required for doing the OE spec bushings?

It's time to do mine and I would like to give the DIY a go and if going with OE then the requirement for avoiding preloading the bushings is there. If using Powerflex or similar, there is no need for preload avoidance due to the design of the bushings however I do not want to have squeaky bushings or the need to regrease them every so often.


Would gladly welcome any advice and assistance / tools / garage would be great...

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Old 07-09-2012, 03:14 AM   #2
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Did mine as part of a entire DIY suspension overhaul (Koni FSD-Eibach kit, Meyle RSMs, rear sway bar links and RTAB, front strut mounts, perches etc)
I bought the MIS tool from the USA - happy to onsell to you if you are interested, along with some copper based anti-seize needed to get the bushes in.
The process was pretty simple having read the DIY's on here:
- make sure you mark the current location of carrier
- slow and steady motion so as not to damage the tool
- i also installed Vorshlag limiters on the RTAB (to what effect, not sure...)
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Old 07-09-2012, 04:09 AM   #3
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Hey Pawley

that sounds good.... If you can PM me details on the tool please...

How does the car feel after your updates? Is the RTAB job difficult to do? It would be the first "mechanical" work I've done myself on this particular car.

Anyone in Sydney interested in doing this or any front end work?

Thanks!
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Old 07-25-2013, 09:27 AM   #4
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Sorry for the thread revival....
How long does it take to replace the RTAB? How much in labour cost would I be looking at? Thanks
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Old 07-25-2013, 11:34 AM   #5
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Re: [AUS] RTABs DIY and tools - anyone?

If you were to have your mechanic do it, I would say around 4-6 hours total maximum. Part of the hassle is raising the car, securing it and removing the components in order to get to the RTABs. Once there, removing the old ones can be done with a tool or simply destroy demand torch them out. Installation requires time, effort and patience.

Would I DIY this again? Yes, I would probably sucker myself into it



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