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I need to change my rear trailing arm bushes as my axle has started clonking as I apply the power sometimes.

A quick lever with a pry bar and I think its pretty safe to say they are shot!

My Haynes manual says to jack up the landy (Ninety), support the chassis on stands and then just unbolt the arms.

This becomes a problem as my axle stands are tine and only just reach the chassis when fully extended (and wobbly!)

Is there any reason I can't just unbolt the arms with the wheels on the ground and chocked?

If I do it this way, is the the axle likely to move and make the arms difficult to replace?.

I'm only asking as when we did the front radius arm bushes, the axle twisted and we spend ages trying to get the bolts back in.

Any advice appreciated!

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I need to change my rear trailing arm bushes as my axle has started clonking as I apply the power sometimes.

A quick lever with a pry bar and I think its pretty safe to say they are shot!

My Haynes manual says to jack up the landy (Ninety), support the chassis on stands and then just unbolt the arms.

This becomes a problem as my axle stands are tine and only just reach the chassis when fully extended (and wobbly!)

Is there any reason I can't just unbolt the arms with the wheels on the ground and chocked?

If I do it this way, is the the axle likely to move and make the arms difficult to replace?.

I'm only asking as when we did the front radius arm bushes, the axle twisted and we spend ages trying to get the bolts back in.

Any advice appreciated!

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NO !

It would be a very unstable rear end (oooer) and you've then got to get under there to fit !

I think I have a pair of arms in the shed, come get them, (return the hockey sticks I gave you for the front end whilst you here :) ) and then get new bushes put in these, repalce and give me your old arms ?

Nige

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NO !

It would be a very unstable rear end (oooer) and you've then got to get under there to fit !

I think I have a pair of arms in the shed, come get them, (return the hockey sticks I gave you for the front end whilst you here :) ) and then get new bushes put in these, repalce and give me your old arms ?

Nige

Nige,

As it happens, I may be down your way on Saturday morning - probably be around 9ish.

I'm waiting for a mate to get back to me about borrowing some proper axle stands.

Let me know if your about and if the stands don't materialise, I'll pop round and take you up on your offer.

Steve

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The vehicle doesn't have to be high in the air.

You can jack it up, remove the rear wheels and then lower it so the chassis is supported on the axle-stands, the diff may only be a few inches off the floor but that shouldn't be a problem. Ok you don't have as much clearance but it should still be easy enough to get everything done.

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I am inclined to agree. I did mine, one side at a time with the front wheels chocked, and without jacking the truck up. Having another set of arms ready to go straight on and new nuts and bolts makes it about a 20minute job, and minimises the time the truck is left un-stable. Having the axle supported, but still a bit mobile makes getting the bolts back in place a lot easier too.

Mark

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If the axle moves even a bit getting the arms/bolts back in is awkward

I found releasing the handbrake allowed me to move the axle/car enough to re fit the bolts.

next time I'll to chock the rear wheels in front and behind the tyre, and the same at the front to stop the car moving at all.

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Since you are on this topic, I need to replace mine as well, any recommendations as to the type and quality of bushings to use? LR original, polybush, etc.

Your feedback/wisdom will be greatly appreciated, it will be somewhat easier to do now with the body off, I'm considering doing a complete bushing change all around.

Cheers,

Tracy

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I'm also an advocate of the OE bushes, I really like them and even DIY fitting doesn't have to be the pig of a job people say it is. You should be able to do the whole vehicle in well under a day with nothing more specialist than a hole cutter and a hacksaw (even the most siezed bush can be removed and the new one inserted in 30-minutes).

On a whim I bought some Pollybushes the other year but they are still in the garage as I can't bring myself to fit them!

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